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. Engage in extreme academia with today's Groupon for Vertical World. Choose between the following options:
- For $11, you get a day pass and shoe and harness rental at one of four locations in Seattle, Everett, Redmond, or Bremerton (a $23 value).
- For $8, you get a day pass and shoe rental at the Tacoma location (a $17 value).
Since its establishment in 1987, Vertical World has provided fun and challenging climbs for rock-huggers and belay fanatics of all skill levels. The knowledgeable staff can provide pointers to first timers as well as advanced tips for more expert cragsmen during the full day of altitudinal excursions. The colorful vertical cavalcade at each gym provides an opportunity to focus the mind, strengthen muscles, and dominate fear of Technicolor rock formations.
- And best of all, no special skills or equipment are necessary. “That’s the beautiful thing about this facility, it requires no previous training. We’ve made it very safe in here,” Doyle said. – Matt Nagle, Tacoma Weekly
- The majority of the gym is given to top roping and there are a wide variety of routes available. – Anton S., Seattle location, Yelp
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.