When you live in the land of flat, and at best, rolling hills, you have to go out and find places to learn more extreme sports. Climbing was one of the sports that was on our bucket list of things for the kids to learn before we head out to the mountains this summer. My friend, Pam, asked me if I wanted to join her family in a class at, Vertical Adventures, and I jumped at the chance.
We arrived at the location (6513 Kingsmill, Columbus, Ohio) and the kids had no idea what to expect. They had climbed at the local YMCA but never at a place where everything is about climbing. I snagged a picture of them on the way in and there was some concern on my son Nate’s face as we walked in. He had not “officially” committed to joining the class, but once he saw all the other kids he said he “would give it a try.”
The instructors, Brad and Nick, were thorough and informative and took time to explain the basics before starting the kids on the climbing aspects. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and really caught on well. Each of my children were fully engaged and ready to tackle anything the instructors asked them to do.
The facility is amazing and we are excited to be able to go weekly until this class is done. I am sure this will help prepare the kids for our RMNP adventure and our possible climb with Estes Park Mountain Shop. http://www.estesparkmountainshop.com/ I will set that up once I see where the kids go with these classes!
Quotes from the kids,
Abbie, “Why you asking me if I had fun, you KNOW I had fun.”
Nate, “It was decent.”
Sam, “A-ok! I can’t wait to go again.”
I look forward to watching them expand their horizons in this area and hope climbing will become an activity we can enjoy as a family.
If you want more info about Vertical Adventures see the link. It has all the extensive info on there. https://www.verticaladventuresohio.com/
Go out and adventure,
FAQ from there web site: https://www.verticaladventuresohio.com/faq/
IS CLIMBING A GOOD WORKOUT?
It is better than sitting on the couch. Climbing is a movement-based sport, kind of like gymnastics and figure skating. While it doesn’t hurt to be strong or flexible the main thing is being able to master the techniques. The best climbers are not the strongest climbers. The best climbers are the ones who are able to get to the top of the climb. The idea is to try and push yourself up the wall with your legs as much as possible.
MY HUSBAND AND I WANT TO TRY IT BUT I ONLY WEIGH 130 LBS AND MY HUSBAND WEIGHS 230, HOW AM I GOING TO HOLD HIM?
The equipment is designed so that someone lighter can hold someone heavier. Our system and equipment is designed to hold someone as much 3-4 times your own weight.
ARE THERE ANY AGE, HEIGHT OR WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS?
Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver to use the facility. You must be at least 14 years old to hold the rope for someone else. Other than that we don’t have any age or height requirements. The maximum weight the equipment allows is 300 lbs.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Absolutely!!! Climbing is fun for the whole family (kind of like bowling but without all the smoke) the adults will hold the rope for each other and the kids. A parent or older (at least 14 yrs old) sibling can hold the rope if you take climbing 101.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The record is 4 seconds. Most people take a couple of hours. The intro class takes about 90 minutes. That’s where we show you how to hold the rope for someone else. You will do a little climbing during that time. Most people will stay for a couple of hours the first time.
I HAVE PRIOR CLIMBING EXPERIENCE, DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE BELAY CLASS OR CAN I ‘TEST OUT?’
Yes, you can test out. You must demonstrate all aspects of safe climbing. Putting on your harness properly, tying in, communication & safe belay technique.
IS INDOOR CLIMBING LIKE OUTDOOR CLIMBING?
In some ways indoor climbing is exactly like climbing outside. The equipment is the same. The way you hold the rope is the same. The way you attach the rope to your harness is the same. The way you move up the climb is very similar. In other ways climbing outside is not like climbing inside. We don’t have to worry about bugs, snakes and weather indoors. Climbing outside is considerably more dangerous than climbing inside.