Before the invention of moon shoes, people had to attack pesky cliff faces with forearms of steel and Funyun-fueled intensity. Scale vertical surfaces the old-fashioned way with today's Groupon. For $35, you get one month of unlimited climbing, including gear rental ($60 value) and one introductory climbing class ($15), at The Climbing Wall, Inc. in Point Breeze, a $75 total value.
With more than 14,000 square feet of climbing surface, the facility is among the largest in Pittsburgh. The area is large enough to stump 7th-grade geometry students and solidify "The Climbing Wall" as a successful punchline to a yo mamma joke. Both bouldering walls and top-rope routes are available. There are various configurations, wall structures, and levels of difficulty for each climb type. If you're inexperienced in top-rope climbing, you'll learn everything you need to know in the included introductory class.
The class covers the major elements of bouldering and belaying, how to use the gear properly, and what to do when you encounter an aggressive wild yak at high altitudes. This comprehensive course is designed to teach first-timers and rusty old-timers all the knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the vertical world. You must call ahead to schedule your class, since you won't be able to reach the Ricola guy to have him yodel your intentions until after you get your climbing chops.
The Climbing Wall is open seven days a week and has late hours for night owls who can't fly. Climbers of all levels are welcome in the bustling facility. Reaching new heights is a great way for people of all ages to boost confidence, achieve a total-body workout, and to see life through the eyes of public menace Spider-Man.
Because climbing shoes are not considered "gear" and are not required, this Groupon is not valid for shoe rental. You can wear your own tennis shoes at no cost or rent shoes for $2 per day (normally $4 for adults).
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has featured The Climbing Wall, saying:
- …some climb for enjoyment of the rugged outdoors, others seek a non-traditional form of exercise and other still strive to overcome a fear of heights…."I think people like the adrenalin rush of climbing," says Andrea Bureau, manager of The Climbing Wall, an indoor rock-climbing facility in Downtown. "It's totally different from being in the office, a real contrast with the daily grind." – Mary Francis Stotler, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- [My kids] enjoyed the challenge and most of all fun.The [sic] guys that run the place ,are so helpful,and [sic] eager to share their knowledge of rock climbing.…It is nice to share and join in with the child,instead [sic] of just watching. – Catherine, Google Maps
- …it's a fun way to spend a day. – Mary K., Judy's Book
The Climbing Wall
At 14,000 square feet, The Climbing Wall might be the next best thing to the great outdoors. Challenges abound for climbers, as the staff resets the routes several times a week. Top-roping walls stretch up to 30 feet high and present participants with obstacles such as overhangs and slabs. The bouldering walls are equally as imposing, with three top outs. Both adults and kids can take classes to learn how to tackle the walls and show off their skills in the real world by skipping the stairs and climbing up to their bedrooms.