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 a rock-climbing package at Rock City Climbing in Anaheim Hills (up to a $425 total value). The package includes the following:
- Two months of unlimited rock climbing (a $40 value/month)
- Two-months of shoe and harness rental ($5 value/day)
- One premium class (a $45 value each)<p>
Rock City Climbing’s affable staff invites vertical wall-walkers aged 12 and older to flout gravity while conquering a safe, indoor rock-wall course. Enjoying 60 days of uninterrupted ascension, upward amblers strap on special shoes and safety harnesses made of special glass before surmounting the walls, ceilings, and locker rooms of Rock City Climbing’s two-room gym. Grasp colorful crags and scramble along steep vertical routes after enriching aerial skills during one of Rock City’s premium courses. In intensive classes of roughly 20 people, students learn six climbing knots, safety procedures, and standard climbing techniques such as belaying, rappelling, top-roping, and staring down mountain goats. Though the gym does not have belayers on hand, after the intro class partners and groups can belay for one another, and solo climbers can try out bouldering—a form of short climbing that relies on a crash pad instead of a harness as a safety measure.
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.