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.
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