If the Indiana Jones films have taught us anything, it is that in order to have a successful teaching career, one must train one's upper body to be adept at dangling. Channel your inner action hero with today's Groupon to Vertical Dreams in Manchester. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get one beginners' climbing lesson and a one-month club membership (up to a $90 value).
- For $59, you get two beginners' climbing lessons and two one-month club memberships (up to a $180 value).
Membership does not include harness and shoe rental, which will be available for an additional fee.
Vertical Dreams guides guests through the gravity-snubbing maneuvers of rock climbing with classes and unleashes newly minted climbers on more than 5,000 feet of indoor climbing terrain. Beginners' courses outfit climbers in shoes and harnesses to impart the basics of wall mastery, covering topics such as climbing maneuvers, belay handling, knot tying, and how to locate and aid stranded pet rocks.
Once climbers get the hang of scaling walls, they can spend one or two months clambering over the climate-conditioned terrain, romping over inverts, overhands, and more than 50 routes that cater to climbers of all skill levels. The facility's crown jewel, a vertical wall stretching 70 feet into the air, provides a challenge for experienced climbers and a focus for novices' aspirations more attainable than the desire to drive to South Dakota and spike a football off Jefferson's nose.
Divided between two locations in Manchester and Nashua, Vertical Dreams' 15,000 square feet of simulated mountainside are packed with obstacles and tough sections to challenge climbers of all skill levels. At the Manchester gym, gutted elevator shafts lined with hand grips extend four stories upward, creating 70-foot vertical surfaces. The Nashua location boasts 10,000 square feet of wall space, with textured surfaces that respond realistically to climber's hands and feet and fill their nostrils with simulated rock smells.
Vertical Dreams' staff of veteran climbers teaches students one-on-one or in groups. In beginner lesson packages, instructors show aspiring climbers the figurative and literal ropes involved in belaying, climbing, and knot tying, and the teachers in advanced top-roping and sport-climbing classes push their students' abilities to climb solo or in a lead position.