Some people are born to run; some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with today's deal: for $20, you get a rock-climbing class plus admission and equipment for an additional day of climbing at Vertical Edge Climbing Center in Durham, a $48 value. Buy up to three of today’s Groupon. Classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
There are numerous times in life when it’s not appropriate to storm off to the mountains for adventure and stress relief. Work, family, and co-dependent penguins often keep us committed to life in one place. The climbing center at Vertical Edge provides all the challenge and fun of actual mountain climbing without the distance and dangers of a real rockface. Under the skilled tutelage of trained instructors, you'll get a lesson on basic climbing techniques, including the fine art of belaying another climber (to avoid such accidents as witnessed on playgrounds when itinerant sumo wrestlers attempt to see-saw with toddlers). After your lesson, you can stick around the massive facility and belay or climb for as long as your want, then return for any full additional day with equipment and admission included. With over 8,500 square feet of climbable surfaces to choose from, including a bouldering cave and 20 leadable routes, there’s no shortage of learning opportunities available.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at the annual company boot camp 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.
All climbers must fill out waivers prior to climb; if under 18, climbers must have parents sign waiver. Any climber under 14 requires parental supervision and may not belay.
Three Insider Pagers give Vertical Edge three stars:
- Everyone was very kind and helpful. The staff encouraged the girls that were afraid to try at first and by the end they were all climbing and having a great time. – Mary M., Insider Pages
- All around a great time was had by all those in our party. Have been back several times since and highly recommend Vertical Edge. Wonderful staff, priced right, and great location. – Anonymous, Insider Pages