The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost's tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today's Groupon to Planet Rock in Ann Arbor or Pontiac. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get an adult-starter package (a $42 total value), which includes:
- One day of unlimited climbing
- Basic instruction
- Equipment rental
- One daily pass for use within 30 days
- For $39, you get one month of unlimited climbing (a $95 value)
Planet Rock draws wall clingers of all skill levels with its skilled instructors, hundreds of varied routes, setting, and motorized practice walls. Beginners undergo a crash course in climbing safety, learning to belay partners, tie knots, and yodel from high altitudes. Equipped with rented gear, indoor mountaineers can spend the rest of the day scaling rope-free boulder routes or practicing controlled descents on the top rope walls. Month-long members will have plenty of time to explore Planet Rock's hundreds of climbing routes, which vary in difficulty and length.
Planet Rock challenges novice and experienced climbers alike to discover the depth of their willpower reservoirs. Towering as high as five stories tall, the ever-changing climbing walls offer climbers a sense of adrenaline-pumping accomplishment and allow short folks to finally see what grows on top of the human head. And to help climbers reach these great heights, a team of experienced instructors lead free-climb programs, summer camps for kids ages 4 and older, and classes for those of all ages.
But it's not all rock climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering. At the Madison Heights location, the altitude addicts have debuted an aerial silks program, in which they teach students to scale up and slide down long, flowing silks—an activity that can improve the balance and strengthen the core of any participant. The instructors also work one-on-one with climbers who have special needs, assisting individuals with hearing, visual, or physical impairments, and the climbing gym has hosted the climbing portion of the Extremity Games for individuals with amputations.