Wall climbing is much easier than ceiling climbing, which requires adhesive fingertips, extra hair spray, and the ability to dodge hairy spiders. Embark on a vertical adventure with today's Groupon: for $20, you get zip-line and wall-climbing escapades, plus lunch, at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing, located in New Castle (a $40 value). Participants must weigh between 60 and 250 pounds.
Outdoor enthusiasts come to Wilderness Adventure to cruise zip lines, climb walls, and crunch on lunch in an all-natural environment. A 900-foot zip line relays human cargo and freshens clothing with an authentic clean-breeze scent. Atop an elevated platform, staff members strap patrons into harnesses and safeguard them from overzealous monkey noogies with a hard helmet. Zip through an arboreal aisle while looking out over tree-dotted vistas and chirping loudly to confuse surrounding wildlife. When the flight finishes, personnel retrieve riders and restore them to standing position. Next, experienced scalers teach safety and technique at the climbing wall before sending bodies into the air like the helium balloons of greasy-fingered children. Upper- and lower-body muscles team up to pull and propel climbers to the apex of a 50-foot façade. Once bird's-eye beauty has been thoroughly absorbed, climbers rappel back to reality and refuel with a home-style meal from Wilderness Adventure's kitchen. While the lunch menu varies daily, typical meals can include pasta salad, house-made pizza, or a burrito bar.
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
The husband-and-wife duo that runs Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing always dreamed of starting an all-outdoor summer program for kids. In 1990, their dream became a reality when they purchased 500 acres of land in southwest Virginia that was perfect for outdoor adventures. Hills, trees, caves, and a glistening lake set the scene for activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and caving, though the staff says that its most popular attraction is the 900-foot zipline. Today, the grounds welcome participants young and old; many adult groups travel to the grounds for team-building and leadership events. All of Wilderness Adventure’s programs arm participants with these skills, boosting camper confidence and giving them enough self-esteem to try to singlehandedly bringing back the fanny pack.