Mt. Rainier. Mt. Kilimanjaro. Everest Base Camp. Machu Picchu. These aren't just exotic destinations for hard-core mountaineers, they're also places Miyar Adventures takes groups on guided hiking and rock-climbing trips. Stateside, the guide service focuses primarily on the Pacific Northwest, with programs such as Intro to Rock Climbing classes in Seattle and three-day climbs of Mt. Baker in the northern Cascades. Globetrotters can sign up for trips to Africa, South America, and Asia, each led by a knowledgeable guide. Above all, safety is the top priority for every Miyar Adventures guide, all of whom are trained in wilderness first aid and treating high-altitude sickness.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.
Day or night, solo or with a friend, visitors to Zipline Junky soar across nearly 500 feet of line at up to 25-30 miles per hour. They also offer private parties by the hour at the mall. In addition to the company's scenic fixed setup above the pond at Everett Mall, Zipline Junky also offers mobile ziplines for private or corporate events, plus backyard zipline design and installation.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Don't wear clunky shoes.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Obstacle courses with real hot lava.
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Q&A with the Teacher
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
You won't hear our students' landings. It's a little secret called "ninja noise." This helps keep impact low, and stealth high.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Coaches are legitimately certified to teach Parkour, holding multiple parkour certifications. We are expert momentum anticipators and course creators. We minimize risk through safety drills, multi-level skill progressions and strength milestones. [Instructors are] First Aid– and CPR-trained in case anything happens. However we have not had one serious injury in the three years we've been coaching due to our safety protocols.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Through our classes students can expect to experience life-changing techniques. Ranging from the simple truths of how to squat sustainably to how to traverse lava while having fun and collecting speed and style points.
Though founded by a seasoned international climber, Mountain Madness is dedicated to getting amateurs out on the peaks. A squad of guides, adept at both climbing and teaching, lead excursions that include climbs and wilderness treks, all while imparting practical mountaineering skills. This holds true on their specialty North American alpine summit climbs that accommodate the varying paces of beginner and more experienced climbers. At areas such as Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, groups navigate forests, active glaciers,
rugged rock formations, and intersections with broken traffic lights as they advance to the top—either in one day or over a longer camping trip.
Adventure also permeates the rock-climbing courses, and an array of lead-rope-climbing excursions. Both set out to conquer single- and multi-pitch climbs over granite and other rock on routes in Washington Pass, Leavenworth, and beyond. Though the aforementioned trips are available year-round, avalanche-preparedness training and backcountry skiing excursions present different ways to delve into the winter wilderness.
Things are always looking up at Seattle Bouldering Project, a south city climbing gym where both indoor and outdoor rock climbers enjoy the challenging ascents. The space offers typical bouldering (rock climbing without harnesses or ropes, using only special climbing shoes and techniques to ascend) courses on any of their multi-level artificial climbing walls, plus bouldering classes for all skill levels. Seattle Bouldering Project focuses on climbers aged four to adult, with special times and programs for the little ones, plus all of the necessary safety precautions. Occasional climbers can buy a day pass for use of the entire sprawling facility, while avid climbers have a choice of membership levels. There are climbing shoes and crash pads for rent at the gym, and instructors also teach the occasional yoga and fitness class.