Some people are born to run; some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with today's Groupon to a climbers' paradise: for $16, you get a one-day rock-climbing pass from Rocks and Ropes of Tucson (a $30 value). Your adventure at the Armory Park climbatorium includes all-day admission to the man-made mountains; a first-timer's introduction to the climbing arts; an orientation wherein the locales of restrooms, vending machines, and one-ups are announced; and equipment rental (shoes, harness, helmet, cape).
Rock and Ropes of Tucson's colorful and expansive climberie boasts a main area with 50 top ropes, a dedicated lead cave, and walls ranging from straight vertical climbs to dizzying 45-degree overhangs. During the introduction and orientation, the R&R staff of mountain goats will give newbies the run-down on climbing techniques (don't just walk up the wall or you'll hurt gravity's feelings), etiquette (yodeling while on a rock wall is discouraged, as it can cause avalanches), and safety (avoid snow leopards). Once you've been fully briefed on the essentials to wall-scaling success, you'll be set free to explore the many routes on Rocks and Ropes' walls.
Regular rock climbing functions as more than just an intellectually stimulating workout that improves balance and increases muscle mass; it also provides you with the necessary nimbleness to scamper up Byzantine cathedral buttresses at a moment's notice, or outscramble gangs of neighborhood mail carriers in finger-snapping alley rumbles. Bring your Groupon down to Rocks and Ropes of Tucson between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends and start following through on your singing nun's advice to climb every mountain.
Rocks and Ropes was listed on Tucson Lifestyle's Best of the City 2010 in the Family Fun category, and Tucson Guide named it as one of the 101 Things To Do in Tucson. Four Yelpers give the rock gym 4.5 stars:
- Maybe you’ve seen Cliffhanger too many times, or perhaps you’re just one of those folks who started scaling whatever was handy while you were still in your crib. Either way, from toddlers to seniors, Rocks and Ropes can help you get your climb on. Beginners can learn the intricacies of the equipment and practice on their “rock walls” with trained professionals. – Tucson Lifestyle
- …I found this to be a fun place to climb some rather high indoor walls. The gym offers a lot of unusual features that should train even the best climber for the hard climbs out in the Mt. Lemon area. Climb on! – Refugio J., Yelp
- If your looking for a safe adventure that still gets your adrenalin pupping [sic] and your cardio up they [sic] you'll enjoy climbing in indoor comfort at Rock and Ropes. – John T., Yelp
The Bloc climbing + fitness
A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
330 S Toole Ave.
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