Societies worship rocks for their ability to hold down important papers, skip across large bodies of water, and consistently win staring contests. Revere rocks' attentiveness with today's Groupon: for $40, you get two months of unlimited rock climbing with equipment rental and one climbing class at Rock City Climbing in Anaheim Hills (up to a $425 value).
Rock City Climbing's skilled staff leads hands-on climbing classes, readying climbers of almost any age to conquer its safe, indoor rock-wall course. In intensive classes of roughly 20 people (a $45 value), students learn climbing techniques and safety procedures from experienced trainers who illustrate belaying, rappelling, top-roping, and six different climbing knots, which can secure climbers and hold home intruders until help arrives. Equipped with this stone-scaling knowhow and supplied climbing gear (up to a $300 value for two months of rental), including special shoes and a safety harness, students grasp colorful crags with their unlimited two-month membership (an $80 value). Upward amblers will enjoy up to 60 consecutive days of ascension exercise along the walls, ceilings, and corridors of Rock City Climbing's two-room gym. Treat up to three rock-ready friends with additional Groupons, creating a group-climbing excursion more dynamic than trying to scale rock walls with a pet rock.
Rock City Climbing
Shawn Crawford has been climbing for more than 40 years, working with wilderness search and rescue at age 13 and later serving as a park ranger. Today, he’s the owner and head instructor at Rock City Climbing, where he puts his American Mountaineering and Guiding Association certification to use as he teaches climbers of all experience levels techniques of top-rope climbing, belaying, rappelling, and bouldering.
Inside a gym equipped with more than 10,000 feet of climbing walls, as well as top-rope and bouldering areas, students learn basic and advanced climbing techniques in a range of classes. As they climb, instructors introduce techniques such as hand and foot placement and what to do if gravity starts working in reverse. Visitors can leave the main floor to explore a tunnel maze behind the climbing walls, filled with trap doors, narrow passageways, and drops of up to 11 feet.
When not overseeing his gym, Shawn leads outdoor climbing excursions to challenging locales such as Joshua Tree, Riverside Quarry, and the Statue of Liberty. He also oversees a nearby ropes course, where staffers help groups and individuals navigate two ziplines, as well as more than 20 aerial challenges at heights of up to 60 feet.