Mankind's feeble climbing skills and inability to digest delicious tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. Channel an inner mountain goat with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a belay and knot-craft class for two at Thresh Hold Climbing & Fitness in Riverside (a $60 value).
The nimble staff at Thresh Hold Climbing & Fitness educates pairs of students in the art of top-rope climbing during the Belay and Knot-Craft course. During this two- to three-hour tutorial, aspiring Spidermen and women will learn to safely wield ATC and GriGri belay devices with confidence and how to tie into their harness. Teachers will also reveal the difference between top-roping, leading, bouldering, and catfish noodling, and explain the Yosemite Decimal and V Scale rating systems. Climbers must pass the gym's belay-certification test to frolic on the climbing wall, so this session helps prepare adventurers for the exam and for reaching Christmas presents hidden atop Devil's Tower.
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.