For $20, today's side deal gets you a full day of climbing, equipment rental, and a one-hour Intro to Climbing lesson at Philadelphia Rock Gym (a $42 value). Redeem your Groupon at the Philadelphia Rock Gym location in Oaks or Valley Township. Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at a company picnic or building a batting cage in your backyard. Rock-gym walls are covered with state-of-the-art textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks (indentations, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, and cracks included). Veteran climbers say rock climbing is sort of like training and running a marathon, but you get the adrenaline rush in shorter, more intensely concentrated spurts. In the Intro to Climbing lesson, learn all the basics you need to scale safely and enough knot-tying skills to impress an easily impressed sailor.
The adrenaline rush of rock climbing is beyond compare. As you climb the rock, you may play out fantasies in your imagination about the rock climbing you. As rock climbing enters your life, you may discover that you have trouble carrying out everyday tasks accurately, as you are unable to shift your consciousness away from rock climbing.
In 2008, Nickelodeon Parents Connect users named Philadelphia Rock Gym as the Best Indoor Playspace/Partyspace for Teens.
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.