Contrary to what one might assume, rock climbing is not the opposite of rock tumbling, though it is still inadvisable to enjoy both activities concurrently. Learn to tumble upward with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of courses, climbing, and rentals at Sportrock Climbing Centers.
Sportrock offers premier indoor rock climbing in an encouraging, welcoming environment. Sportrock's roster of classes, covering topics from basic skills to bouldering, will have you scaling peaks posthaste (basic skills course, $25; bouldering 101, $35). Safely scale rock-gym walls covered with state-of-the-art, textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks, right down to the crafty crevices and dramatic underhangs. Sportrock also 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 6 and 14 and incorporate vertical iterations of popular games such as Sudoku, Boggle, and dominos (classes start at $5).
With locations in Alexandria and Sterling, the adrenaline rush of rock climbing is within your mighty grasp. Late-night and weekend hours make it easy to seamlessly integrate rock climbing into your daily routine. 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. Check out the daily rates and rental prices to morph your feet from meek to mountain goat (daily rates start at $18 for adults; shoe rental is $5).
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:
- 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., Yelp