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 Groupon to Vertical Extreme on Chestnut Street in Downingtown. Choose between two options:
- For $23, you get a deluxe intro-to-rock-climbing course (a $47 value).
- For $27, you get a five-visit rock-climbing punch card (a $55 value).
Inside its expansive 7,500-square-foot facility, Vertical Extreme offers an all-weather haven for sharpening cliff-scaling skills and replenishing adrenaline stores. The deluxe intro-to-rock-climbing course gives patrons a leg up on gravity dominance with 30 minutes of fundamentals training, teaching new climbers the art of belaying, the best methods for climbing, and how to dodge a flash mob of mountain goats. The course includes harness, shoe, and chalk rental, allowing newly confident legs to traverse the vertical landscape for the remainder of the day, plus a two-week membership to continue practicing after the lesson. Experienced mountaineers can bypass training and opt for the five-visit pass, testing their persistence and plunger-shoes against the state-of-the-art facility's 40-foot-tall walls. Day-passers also receive an additional half off on gear-rental fees during their five mountain-conquering sessions.
Vertical Extreme combines the adrenaline-pumping thrill of scaling a cliff face with the safety and comfort of a controlled environment. Spread across 7,500 square feet of space, the indoor facility features handhold-riddled walls that extend as high as 45 feet above the ground. The walls include options for visitors of virtually any age and skill level, which ensures that guests can chart a path that provides a fun climb or a stamina-testing challenge. Safety is always a priority so every harness-equipped climber is spotted by a belayer—such as a friend, family member, or specially programmed android—who vigilantly prevents accidental slips from turning into falls.