Contrary to what one might assume, rock climbing is not the opposite of rock tumbling, though it is still inadvisable to enjoy both activities concurrently. Learn to tumble upward with today's deal: for $9, you get a one-day climbing pass, including harness rental and one hour with a staff belayer, at The Vertical Challenge (a $19 value). The Vertical Challenge is located within the Xtreme Plex in Monee.
Xtreme Plex peaks climbers' interests with 3,000 square feet of ascending real estate featuring more than 130 routes zig-zagged for challenging and safe vertical voyages. Visitors can take on classic faux-mountain routes, tingle toes on the unconventional ice climbing training zone, or crawl up, down, and upside-down in the low-altitude, harness- and belay-free bouldering area. No matter where you clamber, Xtreme Plex's vertical challenges provide more than just strength training; many regular scalers report an increase in confidence, decrease in hesitation, and a newfound admiration of mountain goats.
Because the harness is included, you won't have to bring your own or fashion one out of old seatbelts. Climbers are asked to arrive in comfortable clothes complete with a trusty set of sneakers (climbing shoes available for rent for an additional $4, or you can bring your own). Climbers who require the assistance of the gym's resident belayers (a climbing partner who eases the climb by controlling the rope's friction) are strongly encouraged to make a reservation, especially for weekend climbing; guests who plan on climbing with a belaying friend can harness up any day, Wednesday through Sunday. Any non-staff belayers must be certified by Vertical Challenge (an additional $5 fee for certification check).