Upon realizing the final frontier was a vertical one, humankind embarked on a quest to learn the ways of rock while slowly prodding it into submission. Embark on a skyward quest with today's Groupon to The Rock Wall Climbing Gym in Maple Ridge. Choose from the following options:
- For $17, you get two one-day student passes for experienced belayers (a $35.84 value).
- For $19, you get two one-day adult passes for experienced belayers (a $38.08 value).
- For $22, you get two passes for intro lessons for inexperienced climbers on Monday or Wednesday (a $44.80 value).
An exercise facility staffed with ACMG–certified instructors, The Rock Wall Climbing Gym offers more than 80 routes to test climbers of varying experience levels. Lead walls invite experienced belayers to aid each other in a top roping or lead climb on seven walls of multiple angles, from the flat wall to 45-degree walls. More than 80 consistently fickle routes with top ropes and lead ropes keep leads and belayers free from the nagging physics of horizontal ground. The bouldering area's eight feet of facets greet scalers as they traverse one of three increasingly angled walls or enter the snake-free cavern, a multi-angle room with surfaces ranging from the negative sloped to a full ceiling.
Those new to the climbing craft meet with instructors on Monday or Wednesday for an introductory course. Athletic pupils learn the basics of climbing technique, safety, and fashion politics, as well as how to belay a fellow climber. Each lesson includes climbing shoes and harness. Experienced or certified climbers who have once again heard the call of the canyon can also turn for free coaching, belaying tune-ups, and refreshers on Monday or Wednesday nights.
- The Rock Wall climbing gym in Maple Ridge sent four of its climbers to Quebec City in June for the Canadian national championships. – Maple Ridge Times
- It was a week filled with strategizing, tough competition and high altitudes for a pair of local girls from the Maple Ridge’s Rock Wall Climbing Gym. When the TIMES spoke to Christy Spurrell and Jaylene Pratt during their first day of competition they were excited to be at the event and competing against other young climbers from all over the world. – Amy Judd, Maple Ridge Times