Blaine Eastcott's love of the outdoors is rooted in fond childhood memories of family camping trips. On one such trip, Blaine's teenage self impulsively climbed a 100-foot rock only to soon find himself struck by panic high up on the rock face. He was paralyzed by fear, until a surge of adrenaline gave him the courage needed to scramble the final 10 feet up. This ordeal spurred him to take rock-climbing classes—and eventually led to his current position as the president of Rockreation. His three adrenaline-inducing arenas challenge climbers of all skill levels with more than 28,500 total square feet of climbing terrain, composed of jagged cliffs, bouldering nooks, and craggy archways. The faux-mountain range mimics the conditions of real rocks with indentions, overhangs, and eagle's nests.
The gyms devote one-third of their space to a bouldering area, which blends into a top-rope course fraught with varying angles, and a large lead area with an overhanging arch. Across these angles, passionate instructors with extensive outdoors experience—and a background in conversational mountain goat—guide students through the Fight Gravity program. The three-class series focuses on belaying basics, and progresses through technique instruction and bouldering. They also lead seasonal kids' camps where tiny humans can explore the routes, or plunge on a big swing and zipline. The gyms also have a separate area with machines, traditional weights, and cardio equipment for members who want to not only climb rocks, but also lift heavy ones above their heads.
More than 20,000 students per year learn something new—from karate skills to calculus—through arc. Its award-winning educational programs have been inspiring California kids since 2001. Their mission is to bridge the opportunity gap by creating transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential. Check out our arc FAQs below.
How old are arc students?
They range from elementary school students to high schoolers.
arc hosts enrichment classes, right?
Yep, and enrichment camps, too, for when kids are on break from school. They're all segmented by age, and cover topics like robotics, photography, theater, and hip-hop dance.
What if my kid needs some fresh air?
Check out the Great Outdoor Adventure Leadership Series (G.O.A.L.S.) for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Students in the series explore some of Southern California's most rugged terrain through rock climbing, hiking, and kayak programs.
This is awesome, but my kid needs help with homework assignments. Can that happen?
Yes. arc facilitates peer-to-peer tutoring, credit recovery classes, and morning homework sessions called "Breakfast Clubs."
The Stronghold Climbing Gym is all about options—and, of course, climbing. The gym offers a slew of programs for beginners on through mountain goats, and even the 45'-tall roped climbing wall gives folks a choice of hundreds of routes. For example, the intro to climbing class introduces how to climb safely with a top-rope, and the lead climbing class teaches more advanced climbers how to climb and belay on the "sharp end" of the rope. Indoor adventurers can choose from rope climbing and bouldering, or jump into classes with instructors that help climbers keep their bodies in peak physical condition. Core-focused classes and yoga keep physiques limber, while other fun activities like slack-lining help to improve balance or a career as a double-dutch referee.
Classes are open to climbers of all ages, and even kids can boost their climbing skills and athleticism.
The raw nature of Southern California is a painting turned into reality. Mountains kiss the sky, hills roll across the horizon, and canyons cut deep into the region's red, cherry-hued rock. SoCal Adventure Company's guides take groups to all of these destinations. With gear and healthy snacks in tow, they lead beginners and experienced adrenaline junkies alike on day trips ranging from rock climbing to canyoneering, a mode of adventure hiking that mixes in some thrilling rappels.
The guides lead groups on hikes through the mountains, help them climb top ropes, and rappel down cliffs through waterfalls. Occasionally, they even pause to swim through the pools at the canyon's bottom. Additionally, SoCal Adventure Company's guides always look for new ways to explore. To that end, they lead a trip of the week with an ever-changing itinerary.
Featured on Dr. Phil and The Biggest Loser and with clients that include numerous Fortune 500 companies, Fulcrum Adventures designs team-building and leadership programs that aim to help organizations and individuals reach their full potential. Teams work together to complete high and low ropes courses, scale up climbing walls, and complete custom workshops, each highlighting the spectrum of valuable ways people can work and learn together. The outfit takes care to ensure that the client's physical and emotional safety is never in jeopardy, meaning no judgmental environments or trust falls over snake pits.
Take advantage of the top-notch machinery at Hawthorne's Hangar 18 and lose those pesky five pounds.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this gym, it's no different.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join in the fun at this gym.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.