Mankind’s feeble climbing skills and inability to digest delicious tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. Channel an inner mountain goat with today’s Groupon to North Wall Rock Climbing, located in Crystal Lake. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get an intro-to-climbing class for two people (an $80 value).
- For $19, you get two day passes (up to a $28 value) with rental gear (a $24 value; up to a $52 total value).
- For $49, you get five day passes (a $59 value) with rental gear (a $60 value; a $119 total value).
- For $99, you get 10 day passes (a $99 value) with rental gear (a $120 value; a $219 total value).<p>
At North Wall Rock Climbing, rock scramblers ascend the gym’s more than 15 top-rope stations and a bouldering area with challenging terrain. Seasoned instructors teach rock-climbing basics in a Climbing 101 introductory class, familiarizing students with basic procedures, equipment, and how to make guttural, Sylvester Stallone–esque noises. The class lasts less than an hour, and newly anointed scalers can stay for at least two hours postcourse to hone and refine ascension technique. The intro class includes instruction, day pass, and equipment rental, including shoes.
Burgeoning ascenders can also bolster their skills on all-day climb-a-thons with 2, 5, or 10 day passes including rental gear. Crawl up the gym’s numerous, ever-changing routes, or try your grip on the bouldering area’s upper and lower caves with varied terrain, including slab, vertical, and overhanging. North Wall challenges veteran climbers with a steep back wall for highball bouldering, three cracks for hand jamming, and a 30-plus-foot roof that leaves mounters upside-down, ideal for painting the top of one’s Simon and Garfunkel parade floats. North Wall’s fully stocked pro shop touts climbing books and DVDs to help disciples master the craft, as well as vegan cookies for fueling complex wall choreography.
Multicolored holds dot the climbing walls inside North Wall, granting visitors a variety of gripping surfaces and seemingly limitless routes during their scaling expeditions. Since 1994, the rock-climbing haven has been beckoning climbing enthusiasts to its sprawling confines, where it offers classes and private lessons for climbers of all abilities. Participants can even join teams, in which they can boost their skills for competitions or leisurely scrambles up the noses on Mt. Rushmore.