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: for $25, you get a half-day of outdoor rock climbing (a $50 value) from Philadelphia Rock Gyms at Ralph Stover State Park in Tinicum.
Rock-grabbing greenhorns and veteran climbers alike can join Philadelphia Rock Gym's expert guides for a morning of climbing. The gym's A Day at the Rocks program outfits granite scalers with all the necessary equipment while suiting up brains with tips and know-how to safely ascend the park's sheer walls. Under the careful eye of an experienced guide, rookie climbers learn both the basics and nuances of outdoor climbing as their peripherals swell with serene views. More experienced climbers can network and meet new climbing friends while finding footholds and avoiding cliffside menaces such as angry goats and talking boulders. The course is held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays; upcoming scheduled dates include May 14, May 28, and June 11.
Ralph Stover State Park summons adventure seekers with 45 acres of wilderness, hiking, whitewater kayaking, and climbing. Experienced climbers are able to ascend the 200-foot sheer face of the High Rocks section and are rewarded with views of the Tohickon Creek as it winds through the park, tormenting fish with an unrelenting current.
Philadelphia Rock Gyms
Philadelphia Rock Gyms challenges climbers of all skill levels with 2,000 square feet of climbing terrain, 1,500 square feet of bouldering plains, and more than 30 top ropes. Initiates to the vertical sport can get the hang of climbing basics during the gym’s variety of lessons, which impart skills such as proper technique and the ability to tell which rocks open a supervillain's secret lair. Each participant receives a two week pass to practice the climbing skills they learned and try new climbs. The gym also features a variety of team-building opportunities and private room rentals, as well as a pro shop that outfits patrons with the proper climbing equipment available for rent or purchase.
152 Tory Rd.
Tinicum, Pennsylvania 18947Get Directions