The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost’s tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today’s Groupon at Vertical Extreme in Downingtown. Choose between the following two options:
- For $30, you get a 5-visit punch card with harness and shoe rental included (a $75 value).
- For $55, you get a 10-visit punch card with harness and shoe rental included (a $135 value).<p>
Vertical Extreme, home to one of the highest climbing walls in Pennsylvania, houses numerous faux cliff faces inside a 7,500-square-foot facility. Clients can surmount challenging overhangs, grip hand holes, and pinch mountain cheeks as they scour 3,000 feet of bouldering and walls as high as 45 feet. The facility’s small-scale walls enable climbers as young as 2.5 years old to partake in the fun, and scale sessions foster fun times for climbers 80 years old or wiser.
To ensure the highest degree of safety, all climbers who wish to scale the tall roped walls need a partner to manage the ropes. Belayers who are unaccustomed to climbing or defying gravity without jetpack assistance may be required to take a preliminary belay course ($15; not included in today’s Groupon) to learn rope basics and ascension safety techniques. While the cost of rental equipment is included in this Groupon, personal equipment is welcome at the Vertical Extreme facility.
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.