Today's side deal helps your children or pets dressed like children learn to rock climb. For $99, you get one week of Rockreation's Reach Camp for kids, a fun, accessible bonanza of climbing and games for kids 6–14, a $199 value. No climbing experience is necessary, as Rockcreation's patient and safety-conscious instructors will teach kids everything they need to know through activities such as an obstacle course, capture the flag, a zip line, and copious matches of wall tag up, down, and around thousands of square feet of varied and challenging climbing terrain.
Reach camp is available at both Rockcreation's West Los Angeles and Costa Mesa locations. In LA, springtime camp takes place March 22–26 and March 29–April 2. Summer camp is available June 21–25, June 28–July 2, July 12–16, August 9–13, August 23–27, and August 30–September 3. In Costa Mesa, spring camp runs April 5–9. Summer sessions run every other week June 21–August 20.
Camp begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. each day. This deal includes a T-shirt, lunch, and all the necessary equipment.
- This place is the first gym that I have ever rock climbed at and from what I hear, around Orange County, it's the best. I really like the staff there and the routes there are pretty decent. As for like top roping, there's a good amount to climb, but the fun part looks like the lead climbing wall. I spend most of time there on the traverse wall, and I just starting tapering over to the bouldering part. – Nikki T., Costa Mesa location, Yelp
- Love this place, its [sic] my new gym. Everyone is so nice and chill. Loads of cool people who are there to literally catch you when you fall, and cheer you alogn [sic] the way. – Tami R., West LA location, Yelp
- This place is great. Located close to the 405 and the 10 right in the middle of West LA, it's a great workout after spending the day eating too much at all the great restaurants in the area. – Johanan L., West LA location, Yelp
Blaine Eastcott's love of the outdoors is rooted in fond childhood memories of family camping trips. On one such trip, Blaine's teenage self impulsively climbed a 100-foot rock only to soon find himself struck by panic high up on the rock face. He was paralyzed by fear, until a surge of adrenaline gave him the courage needed to scramble the final 10 feet up. This ordeal spurred him to take rock-climbing classes—and eventually led to his current position as the president of Rockreation. His three adrenaline-inducing arenas challenge climbers of all skill levels with more than 28,500 total square feet of climbing terrain, composed of jagged cliffs, bouldering nooks, and craggy archways. The faux-mountain range mimics the conditions of real rocks with indentions, overhangs, and eagle's nests.
The gyms devote one-third of their space to a bouldering area, which blends into a top-rope course fraught with varying angles, and a large lead area with an overhanging arch. Across these angles, passionate instructors with extensive outdoors experience—and a background in conversational mountain goat—guide students through the Fight Gravity program. The three-class series focuses on belaying basics, and progresses through technique instruction and bouldering. They also lead seasonal kids' camps where tiny humans can explore the routes, or plunge on a big swing and zipline. The gyms also have a separate area with machines, traditional weights, and cardio equipment for members who want to not only climb rocks, but also lift heavy ones above their heads.