Columbus >Sports & Recreation > Vertical Adventures
6295 Busch BlvdSte A, Columbus, OH | Directions 4322940.094111 -82.994789
Move over, Sly: Now ordinary folks can practice their cliff hanging at Columbus' only all-rock climbing gym. – The Scene
Vertical Adventures is tucked away in a generic strip mall across from the Continent. The gym is filled with 4,000 square feet of climbing walls; the walls are covered with hand and footholds of varying sizes. Colored tape marks easy and more difficult routes. In back, there's a small weight room, foosball and Ping-Pong tables.
Most of the climbing done here is "top-roping." Climbers are clipped to ropes that pass through an anchor high on the wall and down to the "belayers," or spotters. If they don't have a partner, climbers can practice by "bouldering," or climbing without a safety rope on low walls with large pads underneath.
The most advanced form of climbing is called "leading." Climbers start with their rope disconnected from all anchors; as they climb, belayers pay out the rope so climbers can clip it into anchors set in the wall. Climbers must pass a test before they can lead climb.
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