Since the dawn of time, Americans have battled one constant enemy: rocks. The mineral-aggregates come in three equally deadly varieties: igneous, metamorphic, and Dragonsbane.
Scientists blame rocks for the 1985 Rock Squashing of Richard Branson, the 1986 Toledo Avalanche that killed native son Jamie Farr, and the declining popularity of the Pledge of Allegiance. Luckily, Sportrock Climbing Centers use their own faux-rock climbing walls, so Americans may finally experience the thrill of rock climbing without being flimflammed.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at a company picnic or digging a moat around your garage. Rock-gym walls are covered with state-of-the-art, textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks (indentions, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, and cracks included). Veteran climbers say rock climbing is sort of like training and running a marathon, but you get the adrenaline rush in shorter, more intensely concentrated spurts. Indoor climbing is a great way for someone to get started, or a perfect after-work and climb-during-inclement-weather alternative for experienced climbers who want continuous practice. Sportrock even offers special programs for kiddie climbers under the guidance of Sportrock's giant, watchful eye. The programs are suitable for kids between the ages of six and 14 and even incorporate common kid's games (Sudoku, Boggle, dominos, etc.) played vertically.
With locations in Alexandria and Sterling, the adrenaline rush of rock climbing is just within your mighty grasp. Late-night and weekend hours make it easy to seamlessly integrate rock climbing into your daily routine. As you climb the rock, you may play out fantasies in your imagination about the rock climbing you in return. As rock climbing enters your life, you may discover that you have trouble carrying out everyday tasks accurately as you are unable to shift your consciousness away from rock climbing.
Washintonian.com named Sportrock one of the Best Indoor Climbing gyms and listed them in Fun Under Age 21: A Guide to 21 Things to Do in Washington. Yelpers are hanging on to the thrill, too; they give Sportrock 3.5 stars:
- Our instructor was very knowledgeable and patient...Everyone seemed 'laid-back' with no attitude against the 'beginners'. – S.M.
- Everyone who works there is great---they don't talk to you like those uber knowledgeable extreme sport s people... Great service. Nice people. Good feel in the place. – Lauren T.
- With plenty of bouldering, huge tall walls for belay climbing or top roping...and a couple of auto-belays, there has always been ample room to find a wall to climb. – Kevin L.