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 today's Groupon: for $18, you get two rock-climbing day passes with equipment rental and gym access at Stronghold Gym (a $36 value). This Groupon can be used as a two-day pass for one person or a one-day pass for two.
Inside Stronghold Gym body buffs sculpt muscles and prepare for Everest with a 45-foot climbing tower, two bouldering caves, and sweat-inducing fitness classes. With the all-access day pass, wall clingers scale the 45-foot tower, adhering to color-coded routes with escalating difficulty, and two bouldering caves let patrons live out bat fantasies or attempt the intricate moves of inverted climbing. On weekday evenings and weekend afternoons, one of Stronghold's trained belayers hoists climbers through the gravity-defying ascents. After spending time at higher altitudes, guests flex their guns at Stronghold's free weight-training center, where muscle-building machinery and cardio equipment jostle for attention. Throughout either of the days, participants cram as many fitness classes as they can into their schedule, meeting people and finding fodder for friendship journals in yoga, Zumba, and aikido sessions.
Stronghold Gym, a full-service climbing and training facility, helps budding rock-scalers hone their abilities on a 45-foot climbing tower and two onsite bouldering caves. Climbers can scamper up the walls like a man with incredibly long legs and rubber-cement hands with the help of friends or opt to drop by from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends when staff members are present to help with belaying. After ascending to the rocky heights, individuals can hit Stronghold's cardio and weight training equipment to continue their workouts post-climb. Yoga and fitness classes are also offered onsite in its two fitness studios.
The Congaree Vista
925 1/2 Huger St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201