Rock climbing is an essential skill that has aided humanity throughout history, from giving the Sphinx a midair nose job to climbing Mt. Rushmore to wipe the smarmy grin off Lincoln's face. Keep the monumental within reach with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an introduction-to-rock-climbing package at Philadelphia Rock Gyms (a $42 value), located in Oaks and Valley Township. This package includes:
- A one-hour lesson
- Equipment rental
- A gym day-pass
Philadelphia Rock Gyms' indoor sherpas concisely cover climbing basics in one-hour classes, wherein students dangle under instructor supervision and above safety measures such as padded mats. Classes cover the tools and tricks of safety ropes, knot tying, and basic climbing movement. Included equipment rental and an all-day pass keep climbers scrambling up and down the 1,500 square feet of bouldering. The gym's 30 top ropes and four silly strings lead up sheer walls to glorious vantages with commanding views of the 7,000-square-foot facility, where dozens of industrious scalers celebrate victories over faux-rock obstacles.
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.