02.26.2017:ALASKA ROCK CLIMBING GYM | FRIGID FLASH | COMPETITION |

ANYONE CAN LEARN TO CLIMB!

Anyone – young or old, in shape or out, thin or not so thin – can get on the walls and experience the physical challenge and mental stimulation of climbing. The Alaska Rock Gym has terrain from less than vertical to overhanging, giving virtually everyone an opportunity to “climb the walls”. We offer our “Intro to Gym Climbing” class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – a great way to become familiar with the gym and indoor climbing.

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THE ALASKA ROCK GYM OFFERS TWO TYPES OF CLIMBING:

Roped climbing on the taller walls, and bouldering, climbing on low walls in an un-roped fashion. Bouldering, while offering the same experience of working out the “problem” of the arrangement of the holds on the wall, allows the climber to remain low – only climbing to a height within his comfort zone. If height is an issue, bouldering is a great way to get started climbing. It requires no belayer and can be engaged in after just a short orientation.


ROPED CLIMBING REQUIRES TWO PEOPLE:

A climber who ascends the wall and a belayer. The belayer manages the rope protecting the climber from a fall to the ground. This activity involves a learning a sequence of tasks including a climber/belayer cross-check, taking up slack, catching a potential fall, and lowering the climber when she reaches the top of the climb. Our “Intro to Gym Climbing” class includes teaching the participants how to belay and certifying them as top rope belayers in the gym.

CLIMBING IS A GREAT FAMILY ACTIVITY

….and kids as young as two years old can prove to be agile and adept climbers. Children are always welcome at the Alaska Rock Gym! Once parents have been oriented to the gym and passed their belay certification, they can climb and belay their kids any time. Kids must be 14 years or older to earn their own belay certification, and all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied at all times by a supervising adult when in the gym.


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