Climbers can scale indoor rock walls as high as 45 ft. or climb across the colorful Wacky Walls room for a unique rock-climbing experience
What You'll Get
- Indoor climbing.
- Equipment included.
- Younger than 18 must have guardian-signed waiver.
Indoor Rock Climbing FAQs
- Is it safe? Yes. Rock climbing gyms typically require a safety course on proper belaying techniques, knots, and other fundamentals for top-rope courses and have designated “beginner” courses for first timers.
- What should I wear? Loose-fitting clothing that you can easily move around in. You’ll be able to grab climbing shoes, harness, and other necessary gear onsite.
- Do I have to be in good shape? Not really—climbing gyms have courses that cater to a wide range of fitness levels. Generally speaking, if you can climb a ladder you can indoor rock climb.
- What if I’m afraid of heights? Try bouldering, which takes place on shorter walls and doesn’t require harnesses or other top-rope gear. Bouldering focuses more on moving sideways than vertically, so climbers rarely get more than 10–12 feet off the ground.
The Fine Print
About Upper Limits
Back in 1994, Chris and Pam Schmick's passion for climbing inspired them to clear tons of soybeans out of an abandoned grain silo in Bloomington, Illinois and transform it into a state-of-the-art climbing facility. Seven years later, the duo expanded to St. Louis, converting 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 climbing features. Since then, the pair has acquired space in Maryland Heights and Chesterfield Valley, allowing for walls as tall as 45 feet as well as their colorful “Wacky Walls” room for children (and the young at heart) who love to climb. With a combined total of 55,000-square-feet of climbing surface in the Midwest, all four gyms cater to beginner climbers, complete with bouldering walls and autobelays, as well as top ropes and lead climbing for more experienced climbers. 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.