The only thing more exciting than scaling a sheer cliff face while being chased by a rabid coyote is scaling a sheer cliff face while being chased by a rabid coyote offering you barbecue and beer. Achieve a similar crazed-canid-free thrill with today's deal: for $34, you get one admission to the Urban Escapes "Boulders, Beers, and BBQ" event at MetroRock in Everett. All parties kick off at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.; choose from one of the following six dates:
- Saturday, August 21
- Saturday, August 28
- Saturday, September 11
- Saturday, September 18
- Saturday, September 25
- Saturday, October 2
Make sure to bring suitable shoes for climbing, your completed waivers, and a valid ID if you plan on partaking of the foamy, fermented beverages available.
Urban Escapes crafts social adventures for active people—and it is in this spirit that it has developed the "Boulders, Beers, and BBQ" parties for Boston's local climbing fanatics. These buoyant get-togethers are capped at 250 participants and will be hosted at the MetroRock indoor rock-climbing center, which features 17,000 square feet of lifelike, forearm-challenging crags, crinks, and tiny protrusions; walls with heights of up to 45 feet; and 3,500 square feet of dedicated free-climb bouldering space. The cost of all rental equipment is included with today's deal, and certified belayers will be positioned at the ready across the gym's 70+ top-rope stations, so you'll be able to quickly get underway clambering upward. Feel free to spend most of the night climbing, or simply relax at ground level while watching your fellow primates get their gibbon on.
Blue Ribbon BBQ will be catering each boulder bash with a variety of delectable delicacies, from North Carolina pulled-pork sliders and low country gumbo to Kansas City rib tips. Convert your rock-climbing harness into a bib holder as you nosh away. At 8 p.m. the beers will flow forth like so many snakes from the walls of a jungle temple, all provided by The Haverhill Brewery and Long Trail. There'll be enough of the amber ambrosia for 250 guys, gals, and magically vivified mannequin companions to imbibe two pints each. However, in accordance with the eternal law of common sense, you'll have to stop climbing once you start drinking, so plan your evening's vertical schedule with that caveat in mind.
If vigorous exercise immediately rewarded by savory barbecue and cold beer isn't enough to get the endorphins Super Bowl shuffling, keep your ears primed for music and your eyes peeled for free raffle giveaways and goodie bags provided by the Newbury Street North Face store. Make new climbing friends in a situation that doesn't involve clutching their hand as they dangle over an abyss with today's Groupon.
You must be 18 or older to participate in this event. Urban Escapes will be running a free shuttle from the Wellington T-stop to the gym and back again throughout the night.
- I was surprised how quickly a team mentally developed among the group. We were all strangers, but after a day of hiking, I knew everyone's name, profession and a good deal more. – Nkechi Nneji, CNN.com
- There was no stress, Urban Escapes took care of everything for us and all we had to worry about was having fun. – Craig R., Yelp
- Friendly, helpful and accessible staff. It's a very welcoming atmosphere for all skill levels. – Bryanne R., Yelp
- MetroRock is the best climbing gym in the Boston area. It is staffed with knowledgeable rock climbers (people obsessed with the sport) who are friendly and helpful to new and veteran climbers alike. – Craig I., Insider Pages
- MetroRock is the first rock gym I went to in the Boston Area, and it's the one that keeps me coming back for more. – Stefanie M., Insider Pages
Within both MetroRock locations, visitors ascend via bouldering walls and rope-climbing walls or take to aerobic exercise machines and fitness equipment to build strength. With this setup available to climbers of all skill levels, the founders of the climbing arenas achieved their goal of creating a community where scalers can congregate, share their passions, and hone their climbing skills.
During indoor and outdoor classes, instructors create lessons that help each climber reach their goals. Indoor courses help instill students with basic climbing skills, rescue techniques, or the brute strength needed for bouldering or to intimidate mountains out of their lunch money. Outdoors, American Mountain Guide Association and Single Pitch–certified instructors teach alpinists skills that include how to secure top-rope anchors and how to climb ice or scale for sport. The centers' founders and their teams also organize climbing-centric programming that includes youth climbing teams and team-building events that challenge groups while forming bonds.