If the Indiana Jones films have taught us anything, it is that in order to have a successful teaching career, one must train one's upper body to be adept at dangling. Hone your Hollywood-learned skills with today’s Groupon, which gets you one of three rock-climbing options at Thresh Hold Climbing and Fitness. Choose from the following:
- For $23, you get two intro-class passes (a $46 value).
- For $60, you get a 10-visit punch pass (a $120 value).
- For $210, you get a one-year membership (a $425 value).
Should you opt for the two intro passes (a total value of $46), you and a climbing companion will receive gear rentals—including shoes ($4 per person), two harnesses ($3 per person), and two chalk bags ($2 per person)—along with an hour-long personal session with a professional instructor. These human mountain goats will tailor their lessons to your climbing skills, so you might learn the basics of belaying; knot craft; learning the difference between top roping, leading, and bouldering; and how to encourage friends to climb by shouting phrases such as "Use your hands!" or "Have you had a chance to read my short story?" If you've got some cliff-conquering experience under your climbing belt already, use the 10-visit punch pass (an $120 value) to mix up your climbing routine with bouldering days and top-roping days. A yearlong membership, however, will grant you unlimited access, allowing you to climb when your heart and Spider Sense dictates.
Rock climbing is a great exercise alternative to lifting refrigerators and running on top of treadmills greased with cottage cheese. Located in Riverside just off I-215, Thresh Hold offers lessons for climbers of all levels and ages—given you are at least six years old.
Hangar 18 East Riverside
A portion of Hangar 18 East Riverside's website is dedicated to the passionate climbers who make up the company's staff, whose stories of adrenaline rushes and summits surmounted are shared through video clips. These instructors welcome climbers of all skill levels into the world of bouldering and top-rope climbing with classes that are accessible even for novices and open practice sessions held in an expansive indoor gym. Hundreds of routes pepper the gym's rock-feature walls, replete with multihued routes that delineate difficulty and viable holds and crimp boards that help to build finger strength without constantly challenging strangers to thumb wars. Those without equipment can rent climbing shoes, harnesses, and chalk bags for an additional fee.
2111 Iowa Ave.
Riverside, California 92507Get Directions