At the dawn of the world, everyone rock-climb-commuted to work. It was only after the invention of falling, however, that rock climbing became thrilling, sexy, and glamorous. Today's Groupon invites you to live the life of a rock star: for $10, you get a one-day climbing pass (a $14 value), harness (a $3 value), and shoes (a $3 value) at Vertical Adventures Manitoba, located on Paramount Road.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at a company picnic or building a batting cage in your backyard. Rock gym walls are covered with state-of-the-art textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks (indentions, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, and cracks included). Veteran climbers say rock climbing is sort of like training and running a marathon, but you get the adrenaline rush in shorter, more intensely concentrated spurts. Indoor climbing is a great way for someone to get started, or a perfect after-work and climb-during-inclement-weather alternative for experienced climbers who want continuous practice.
Bring along a friend or a weak-bodied enemy and explore the nooks and crannies nestled within this encouraging atmosphere. Whether you are an avid alpinist or just gravitationally curious, Vertical Adventures Manitoba supplies climbing enthusiasts with a sturdy harness, nimbleness-inducing shoes, and walls more challenging to scale than an ex's Facebook page.
All participants must sign a waiver to climb; those under 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign the waiver.
In Vertical Adventures’ 5,000-square-foot climbing gym, visitors scale colourful walls or traverse the bouldering gym, backed by ground support from staffers and automatic belayers. Climbers of all levels can hone their technique by practicing independently with the gym’s rental equipment or through an array of courses for children and adults. Instructors teach belaying, rappelling, and other basics, along with more advanced self-rescue techniques such as always carrying a fold-up helicopter. The gym also hosts birthday parties for groups of six or more, where a dedicated staff member helps guests to familiarize themselves with equipment and optimize their safety.
Inkster Industrial Park
77 Paramount Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 2W6Get Directions