To create Peak Experiences, the dedicated staff sets more than 125 top-rope routes, lead climbs, and bouldering problems for climbers of all skill levels. Five levels of classes and safety training spanning basic problems such as climbing a bunk bed to lead climbing a 50-foot wall prepare climbers to conquer any of these problems, and the gym also outfits its members with an onsite gear shop that stocks harnesses, footwear, and belay devices such as grigris or ATCs. Kids can also learn climbing skills during youth programs that invite children aged 5–18 and young rocks aged 3,000,000–4,500,000 to climb together with camps, teams, and trips.
Riverside Outfitters works to get Richmond-ers out on the water, up into the trees, and out on the trails with a variety of natural outdoor excursions. The staff helps locals and visitors engage with the area's rich landscape, guiding fleets of rafts, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and innertubes down the James River, which the Daily Press described as having "the only urban whitewater rafting experience available in the country." High ropes courses and climbing seminars teach first-timers how to nimbly break from gravity's embrace, while outdoor summer camps teach kids to engage wildlife without the scratchy fingers that come from texting with tree bark.
The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat exists on a separate plane from most parks: it's planted in the treetops. From the ground, its balance beams, bouncy wooden steps, and tightropes nearly disappear amid the russet tree trunks and emerald leaves of the forest ceiling. But up there, the obstacles are front and center. Should adventurers find themselves tuckered out by the park's six courses, they can find respite in a ride down one of 20 ziplines.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Blue Ridge Mountain Guides provides customized rock and ice climbing trips and guiding for all abilities in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and New Hampshire. We strive to create a safe, enjoyable and educational experience to set our clients up to meet their goals with success.
What is the experience customers can expect?
Testimonial: I could not have asked for a better guide. He was very knowledgeable about not only the class material but also about climbing techniques and the physics of climbing and climbing equipment, which helped me feel secure when using unfamiliar equipment.
– Sarah Akron, OH
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To share the joy of climbing and time spent in the mountains.
What do you love most about your job?
Getting to climb with healthy, happy, successful clients.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Reebok Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of about 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Vertical Rock’s expansive, air-conditioned facility welcomes climbers ranging from novices to experts with routes suited to every level of ability. The climbing wall towers to more than 50 feet, crisscrossed by numerous lead-only and top-rope routes with difficulty grades falling between 5.5 and 5.13. A mighty arch of more than 125 feet spans the space, littered with treacherous horizontal hangs to entice advanced climbers as well as those who have been banned from the St. Louis Arch. First-timers can start out with open climbs, which include an expert’s assistance with putting on the harness, tying the safety knot, and belaying for three separate climbs. From there, committed climbers advance through the outfit’s lineup of expert-led classes, starting with basic safety skills and techniques in the Learning the Ropes intro course and running all the way up to advanced classes on crack climbing, functional movements, and escaping from prison.