Some people are born to run, and some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with today's Groupon to climbers' paradise: $10 for climbing at Upper Limits Rock Gym. With the purchase of this Groupon, you have three options for how to use it:
- An intro to climbing class ($30 value). Equipment is included.
- Two day-passes ($30 value). Equipment rental is not included.
- One day-pass ($15 value) and equipment rental ($4 for shoes, $3 for harness). No change will be given from the $30 value of the Groupon.
Built inside a former grain silo, Upper Limits features more than 20,000 square feet of climbing surface, making it one of the largest in the nation. Climb the 110-foot tall outer wall—inside one of the 65-foot-tall silos for unusual chimney-type routes—or scamper across the 1,700-square-foot outdoor bouldering area. With one lesson, students will drink from the upside-down cup of wingless flying knowledge, learning the basics of climbing, including fundamental techniques and the functions of safety equipment. A maximum of 10 people per class means plenty of opportunity for one-on-one interaction between the rock-master and wannabe rocktopi. With a day-pass, climbers can come and go throughout the day, splitting up their scaling between early morning endeavors, mid-day mock-mountain-tackling, and late evening expeditions.
Like all epic sagas, the story of Upper Limits begins with a grandmother providing financing for her grandson's dream to own a rock climbing gym. Nearly 15 years later, the gym continues to thrive as the epicenter for vertical venturing. Hitch yourself up and have a go at the walls of Upper Limits, silencing its jeers with each scaling step.
Customers must sign waiver. Customers under 18 must have guardian sign waiver. This Groupon is not valid for memberships or pro shop purchases.
Upper Limits gets a near perfect 4.5-star review from five Yelpers:
- Can NOT beat Upper Limits for gym climbing. Once you get past the cool novelty of a converted grain silo, you realize it is still a DAMN good idea. – cat m.
- I really like the way this place is set-up; they use their space well. After bouldering for a couple hours we decided we would come back for a lesson and try some of the bigger stuff. I can't wait :) – Dianna S.
Upper Limits Rock Gym
Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.
Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.
1304 W Washington St.
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