The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost’s tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$15 for a beginners’ climbing package (up to a $30 total value)<p>
- Day pass (a $14 value)
- Equipment rental (a $6 value)
- Introductory belay class (a $10 value)<p>
$49 for a one-month family membership (a $100 value)<p>
Climbers surmount more than 5,000 square feet of vertical paths inside Rocknasium, where staffers outfit guests in the proper safety equipment before sending them onto climbing terrain that suits patrons of all skill levels. The facility, featuring stalactite obstacles, a 16-foot bouldering wall, and shower facilities, presents a chance to escape the earthly terrain through use of upper-body strength, careful path planning, and thousands of Clif Bars stacked on top of each other to use as a ladder. Included belaying courses equip day-passers and members with the skills needed to best vertical rockscapes, imparting the know-how to carefully use friction on ropes to aid in ascension and safely descending back to the cushiony blue turf.<p>
Any climber who's passed through Davis or Sacramento in the last two decades has probably spent some time in the Rocknasium. Founded in 1992, the mom-and-pop climbing shop is one of the oldest indoor climbing gyms in the United States. Rebuilt for its 20th anniversary, the gym is now bigger than ever, with climbing enthusiasts scrambling over 5000 square feet of recreated terrain. Sporting more than two dozen toprope stations, a 16-foot bouldering wall, and a mammoth lead climbing roof (complete with stalactites), the gym lets climbers practice their craft without ever leaving its cool, climate-controlled confines.
These extensive climbing resources helped the shop establish its tight-knit community of climbers, but Rocknasium's fitness offerings go far beyond the vertical. A full complement of cardio and weight training machines help members meet traditional fitness goals, and a dedicated yoga room hosts a full schedule of group classes. The gym also employs certified personal trainers and other instructors, whose insights and personal attention can optimize any workout routine. No matter what exercises they choose, members can clean up afterward with a hot, relaxing shower complete with towel service.
In addition to meeting the needs of serious climbers, Rocknasium also welcomes beginners looking to make their first ascent. The gym frequently hosts kids' birthday parties, summer and after-school programs, and even corporate teambuilding exercises. They also have a portable climbing wall used for on-location climbing whenever miniature mountains aren't available.