Rock climbers are known for their strong will, athletic fitness, and ability to completely demolish metaphors. Wreck up brick-wall symbolism with today’s Groupon: for $44, you get a Climbing 101 class and one month of unlimited climbing at The Cliffs at Valhalla (a $125 value).
The indoor experience at The Cliffs at Valhalla begins with Climbing 101, a three-hour class with a professional instructor in which students learn the safety skills needed for the climbing gym, including knot tying, harness use, verbal commands, and belay technique. During a subsequent month of unlimited access to the huge warehouse gymnasium space, climbers can shimmy like a sherpa over slabs, arêtes, roofs, and overhangs. Fifty top ropes combine with 2,500 square feet of bouldering to create more than 200 climbs for aspiring alpinists, and the facility also features a workout area with climbing-specific training equipment to prepare students for inevitable mid-climb flex-offs.
Climbing gear is not included in the one-month pass, but it is available for rent during each visit ($9 rental package includes shoes, harness, belay device, and chalk bag; items are also available individually). Professional climbing gear and professional climbers are also available for purchase in the pro-shop.
The Cliffs at Valhalla
At The Cliffs at Valhalla, professional setters map out more than 200 new climbs every three months. It’s part of the gym’s mission to keep routes as challenging and engaging as those found outdoors.
Though ideal for skilled climbers, the gym caters to first-timers too. Certified instructors lead adult classes in climbing basics. Staff members guide customers to the proper gear and yodeling song books at the pro shop, and they even created a fitness area with climbing-specific cardio training equipment and yoga classes to complement the climbing terrain.
The Cliffs at Valhalla also readies kids for climbing. Climbing camp lets kids experience indoor and outdoor climbing, and award-winning birthday parties furnish groups with private climbing walls and a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.