Today's Groupon revisits the popular and highly coveted deal of an all-day rock-climbing pass at Vertical World with rental gear included for $11 (a $23 total value). Take your pick of four Vertical World locations: Seattle, Redmond, Bremerton, and Everett. Vertical World also offers both bouldering and rope climbing, but you need to have prior training to participate in rope climbing (offered at Vertical World but the class is not covered by this Groupon). The value of this deal for bouldering only is $18.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at a company picnic or building a pinewood derby car in your garage. Vertical World's walls are covered with state-of-the-art textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks (indentions, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, immobility, and cracks included). Its fake rocks are so good, the company builds them for other people.
By this point in life, horizontal motion is humdrum and offers little excitement. Replace your banal conquest of the horizontal realm with the exciting and new thrill of the vertical realm. The y-axis of life shines with new possibilities and opportunities to connect with the physics that have always told you “no"; say, “Don’t tell me what I can or can’t do” and you’ll find you’ve learned something new about yourself, all thanks to unconventional directionality.
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. Climbing at Vertical World 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. Buy a few Groupons and learn how to climb with people you trust; buy several and learn to climb with people you're highly suspicious of and friends you trust to keep an eye on them.
- The Intro to Climbing Class was awesome... imagine little moments of victory every time you go to the gym. I'm already hooked like a newborn crack baby. – John C., Yelp
- Great indoor climbing gym for all ages... Makes for a fun physical family outing. – bonne b., Yelp
- This gym is really clean and well maintained... You will sure get a lot more bang for your buck than in other gyms! – godessgirl87, Citysearch
Your Mind and The Mountain
Ask any experienced mountain climber and they’ll tell you the same thing: the tallest mountain is the one in your mind. Luckily, today’s Groupon keeps you indoors and away from the madness that most climbers succumb to. Here’s a look at what your mental state would be like as you make your way up the mountain:2000 Feet: The nagging feeling that you’ve left your oven on is misguided. You haven’t.
5000 Feet: Breathing becomes labored; earthly memories fade.
10,000 Feet: Why does it smell like Christmas?
20,000 Feet: Weight of the treasured Elf Stones lifted only by inspiring visions of the Gates of Shamagor.
30,000 Feet: Break for lunch.
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In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.