Rock Climbing in Seattle
REI. Every weekend more than 250 people have a go at REI's Pinnacle, a 65-foot indoor climbing rock. An "open climb" takes place most Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It's $20 per person, ages 13 and up. You can also hone your skills in regularly scheduled classes for children and adults of all skill levels. 222 Yale Ave. N, Downtown, Seattle, WA, 98109. 206/223–1944. www.rei.com.
Schurman Rock. The nation's first man-made climbing rock was designed in the 1930s by local climbing expert Clark Schurman. Generations of climbers have practiced here, from beginners to rescue teams to such legendary mountaineers as Jim Whittaker, the first American to conquer Mt. Everest. Don't expect something grandiose—the rock is only 25 feet high. It's open for climbs Tuesday–Saturday 10–6. Rappelling classes for kids are offered year-round at Camp Long, which is also the site of the only campground in the city limits. Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW, West Seattle, Seattle, WA, 98126. 206/684–7434. www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/environment/camplong.htm.
Stone Gardens Rock Gym. Beyond the trying-it-out phase? Head here and take a stab at the bouldering routes and top-rope faces. Although there's plenty to challenge the advanced climber, the mellow vibe is a big plus for families, part-timers, and the aspiring novice-to-intermediate crowd. The cost is $16; renting a full equipment package of shoes, harness, and chalk bag costs $9. There are "Climbing 101" classes most evenings for $50. 2839 NW Market St., Ballard, Seattle, WA, 98107. 206/781–9828. www.stonegardens.com.
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