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 deal: for $39, you get an introductory climbing lesson and a one-month climbing pass (a $106.66 value) at The Crux Climbing & Bouldering, located off Barlow Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway. The two-hour lesson includes all necessary rental equipment and an all-day pass for the remainder of the day, but climbers without their own equipment will have to pay the $10 rental fee every time they use their month pass.
Featuring 72-foot-high lead climbing routes, The Crux Climbing & Bouldering offers vertical aspirants more than 12,000 square feet of clambering walls and 3,000 square feet of bouldering space. During the two-hour introductory course ($40), ascending amateurs learn the ropes, knots, basic belay techniques, and communication methods necessary for indoor or outdoor climbing success. Once class is dismissed, students are let loose to scale the spacious confines on their own steam, equipped with rental equipment, a full-day pass, and the adrenaline rush familiar to anyone who's ever dived into a pool of pudding-soaked money. The next day, a one-month unlimited climbing pass ($66.66) begins, unleashing newly experienced climbers on the two multi-pitch routes, rappelling station, and thousands of feet of climbing walls studded with multicoloured arm and footholds. Print and sign the waiver before class to save time.
- We took a two-hour private lesson ($60) every three to five days, and followed up with an unsupervised climbing session between each lesson to practice our new moves. Both of us progressed faster than we could have believed, and we were able to enjoy our time on Railay Bay. – Trent Edwards, Calgary Herald
The Crux Climbing & Bouldering
Self-proclaimed as one of North America's tallest indoor climbing gyms, The Crux Climbing & Bouldering challenges participants of all ages and proficiency levels with 72-foot walls peppered with colour-coded holds and routes. Internationally and nationally certified staff members strap patrons into all necessary rental gear before releasing them to explore more than 12,000 square feet of climbing space. The Crux Climbing & Bouldering's courses—ranging in difficulty from introduction to advanced—instill climbers with the strength and skills to rappel down an 80-foot tower, manoeuvre through a 3,000-square-foot bouldering area, and ascend up multi-pitch routes with their mouths.