Without constant pressure applied by the limbs of diligent climbers, boulders and cliff faces would float away into the atmosphere, resulting in dangerous gravel rain. Avert meteorological disaster with today's Groupon: for $49, you get an introductory rock-climbing class (a $60 value), plus one month of unlimited rock climbing (a $115 value) and gear rental (an $80 value), at The Rock Club, in New Rochelle (a $255 total value).
At The Rock Club, gravity defiers scurry up more than 15,000 square feet of climbing surfaces showcasing 80 separate climbing stations designed by the renowned climbing-wall engineers at Rockwerx. During the 90-minute Climbing 101 class, professional climbers teach rock-shy first timers how to gear up, navigate the wall, and deftly avoid such newbie faux pas as using superglue to get a grip and attempting to climb Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Once students master age-old mountain-goat techniques, they are free to keep strapping on The Rock Club's gear for the rest of the month during unlimited ascents. Explore a painstakingly designed climbing environment boasting more than 170 individual routes that challenge beginners and seasoned pros alike with 40-foot walls, steep inclines, arches, and ledges.
For safety's sake, a separate beginners area keeps slower first timers out of range of the gecko-like scrabblings of regulars. A low divider protects climbers from wandering observers and observers from the ego-slapping achievement waves radiating from athletes on the wall.
The Rock Club
A veritable mountain greets climbers inside The Rock Club, challenging them to scale its 40' high face without speaking a single word. After pulling their eyes away from the main wall, guests discover the gym's other rocky offerings, including 80 climbing stations, more than 200 individual routes, and muscle-testing bouldering cliffs. Experienced staff members with a passion for climbing roam the gym, eager to help veteran climbers reach new heights, introduce new climbers to the sport during beginners' classes, or describe the scent found at the top of the Himalayan Mountains. The Rock Club also offers lead climbing, slacklining, and movement classes as well as a kids program with a competitive climbing team, junior programs, and camps.