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Get Out: Alaska Rock Gym

By Brett Shepard 10:17 AM April 18, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Climbing season is just around the corner, and one of the busiest spots prior to the start of the season is the Alaska Rock Gym.

Last week, I attended one of their beginner lesson sessions.

It’s a perfect class for the new climber or someone looking for a refresher.

“I would say that across the board, anyone that comes in here, gets on the wall, touches the holds and gets a ways up a climb here at the gym is generally pretty hooked,” said co-owner Siri Moss.

During the class, you will gain basic climbing knowledge such as how to tie a figure-eight knot, how to belay and the most important part, communication between climber and belayer.

“Gym climbing is much more complex than I think people who haven’t done it realize,” Moss said. “It’s like a puzzle.”

I teamed up with Daybreak’s James Gaddis, and the knots seemed to be the only thing that were puzzling to him.

James had me wondering if I had picked the right belay partner.

I may have had some doubts, but others say it’s a great way to get out with friends and even with a significant other.

“It was nice to team up with her. We already know what each other is thinking,” said couple and first-time climbers Aaron Hallwager and Melissa Sullivan. “I don’t know if it’s a good idea for a first date. Maybe a second date.”

So, if you are looking for a new, fun activity, or even if you’re a seasoned climber, you might want to check out this gym. It rocks.

The beginner lesson sessions are Mondays and Fridays from 7-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

The class cost is $10 and this includes gear such as climbing shoes and a harness.

For more information on the Alaska Rock Gym and their classes, visit their website here.

If you have any ideas for the Get Out series, email me at bshepard@ktva.com.

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