Although climbing is a popular sport among humans, few realize that it was invented by oversize gorillas trying out for the role of King Kong. Go where many primate actors have gone before with today’s Groupon at Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym at the 21st Street and Lackland Hill Parkway locations. Choose one of the following options:
- For $15, you get a Rock Gym 101 climbing class and all-day gym use (a $30 value).
- For $20, you get a Rock Gym 102 climbing class and all-day gym use (a $40 value).
- For $30, you get a Rock Gym 101 and 102 climbing class and all-day gym use (a $70 value).
- For $110, you get a private birthday party (a $225 value).<p>
At Upper Limits, climbers of all ages and skill levels get a full-body workout on a high-quality indoor rock-climbing surface that covers a combined total of more than 24,000 square feet of sculpted walls, crags, and honorary presidential busts. Novice cliffhangers can learn to climb with the two-hour Rock Gym 101 class which teaches basic top-roping procedures, knot-tying skills, and belay techniques. Rock Gym 102 ups the ante to further refine footwork, coordination, and weight transfer, transforming entry-level climbers into seasoned rock aficionados that have been battle tested on slabs, arêtes, cracks, roofs, dihedrals, and two gigantic arches ideal for experienced climbers and boulderers. Classes include equipment and are limited to 10 students to ensure that each guest gets personalized instruction and their own mountain to take home. After the instruction, pupils can caper about the gym for the rest of the day burning calories with pointed insults.
Private birthday celebrations bestow guilt-free cake enjoyment by lavishing 13–25 guests with two hours of carb-burning climbing time. Following a cliff-hanging session, revelers return to a private party room for 30 minutes to enjoy complimentary soft drinks while digging into confections on supplied plates and cutlery. Birthday boys or girls go home brandishing a free T-shirt and a greater appreciation for the plight of mountain goats.
Chris and Pam Schmick's passion for climbing inspired them to clear tons of rotting soybeans out of an abandoned grain silo in Illinois and transform it into a state-of-the-art climbing facility. Now, in St. Louis, the duo has converted a 10,000-square-foot historic train station into a climber’s haven. They installed massive rock arches that soar 35 feet in the air, and dotted the climbing walls with a diverse mix of slabs, cracks, and dihedrals. After their successful expansion in St. Louis, the pair acquired a 14,000-square-foot gym space in West County in which they designed a full-service climbing paradise. All three gyms cater to beginner climbers, with 18-foot-tall bouldering walls and 14 autobelays. The gyms furnish climbers with showers and a locker room, and stock their pro shops with top-tier equipment from Black Diamond and La Sportiva.