Contrary to what one might assume, rock climbing is not the opposite of rock tumbling, though it is still inadvisable to enjoy both activities concurrently. Learn to tumble upward with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a Basic Skills climbing class for two at Rise Up Climbing in Lynchburg.
Founded by Dan Hague, co-author of The Self-Coached Climber, Rise Up Climbing equips climbers of all skill levels with the ability to scale the craggy outcroppings of the gym's 40-foot, roped climbing and bouldering walls. Rise Up Climbing provides all students with climbing shoes, harness, chalk, and trash-talking skills for getting all up in a rock’s face. During the 30-minute Basic Skills climbing course, small classes of climbers delve into basic climbing safety skills, such as how to properly don a harness, belay for a partner, and win stare downs with mountain goats. After class, newly knowledgeable wall walkers can then spend the rest of the day scaling the stepping stone-peppered walls of Rise Up Climbing, or immediately rush out and apply to be a dental hygienist to Mount Rushmore.
Rise Up Climbing
Dan Hague is something of an expert on the sport of rock climbing. He even co-authored a book on the subject, The Self-Coached Climber, that lays out how amateur climbers can improve their skills on their own. Of course, if beginners and intermediate climbers want some help learning the ropes, he's more than happy to offer his expert guidance to them as well at his own facility, Rise Up Climbing. The 6,000-square-foot space houses roped climbing and bouldering walls that tower as high as 40 feet in certain spots. Lest beginners shake in their harnesses at the sight of the towering wall, the half-hour Basic Skills course teaches small groups the fundamentals of climbing, such as how to properly don a harness, belay for a partner, and talk trash to a conquered route.