What You'll Get
Climbing has been crucial to human evolution, enabling mankind to forage for food in the trees, wash their own windows, and duel mustachioed villains atop speeding trains. Increase gravity-fighting potential with today's Groupon to Virginia Beach Rock Gym. Choose between the following options:
• For $9, you get an auto-belay qualification class, including a full-day climbing pass and harness (a $25 value), plus shoe rental (a $5 value) and chalk-bag rental (a $2 value; a $32 total value).
• For $30, you get an auto-belay qualification class (a $25 value), a one-month climbing pass (a $50 value), and one month of harness rentals (a $90 value; a $165 total value). This option is only valid for new clients.
An auto-belay class at Virginia Beach Rock Gym teaches scalers of all experience levels to attach themselves to a 32-foot indoor climbing wall using a TruBlue auto-belaying unit. Suspended from climbing ropes and wearing supportive rental harnesses, students in the class learn to scale vertical terrain without a climbing partner or friendly bald-eagle spotter. Then holders of a full-day or one-month climbing pass can strike out on their own against the Main Wall's realistically-weathered slabs, arêtes, roofs, buttresses, and relief carvings of local congressmen. Follow routes of color-coded holds ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty or take to three other areas of textured terrain, including lower-altitude boulders and a Rappel Tower.
Clients who opt for the full-day pass can also de-slip sweaty hands with a dip in their rental chalk bag before donning rental climbing shoes for additional cliffside traction. Alternately, use a one-month climbing pass and harness-rental package to return to the wall over and over again, picking out favorite routes and making friends with the yetis who live on top.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate membership by 12/31/11, membership expires 1 month from activation date. New clients only for membership option. Under 18 requires guardian consent; under 14 requires guardian accompaniment. Must sign acknowledgement of risk form. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Virginia Beach Rock Gym
Virginia Beach Rock Gym is anchored by a 32-foot wall, where auto belay, top rope, and lead climbing sections help guests tackle realistically textured slabs, inverts, roofs, bulges, cracks, corners, and arêtes. Two 12-foot tall freestanding boulders are available for climbers wanting to develop strength and practice technique while staying low to the ground. In addition to supervising the climbing areas, VBRG’s friendly, knowledgeable, and professional staff members also run a fully stocked pro shop and teach classes that cover topics, including knot-tying, belaying, the philosophies of the "rock star" lifestyle, and the ever-important technique of traversing past a pterodactyl nest without disturbing the mother.