By LeeAnn Rhoden

If you want to get a good workout but a traditional gym is not your thing, you need to try Active Climbing Augusta. Active Climbing is an indoor rock wall climbing facility in Grovetown. It offers a fun way to exercise, make new friends and to challenge your competitive spirit.

The facility offers something for every level of experience from toddlers to sexagenarians. The bouldering area offers lower climbing heights, up to 15 feet, so no ropes required. You can practice a decent or jump off into soft landing pads. It is an excellent place for beginners and for a warm up.

There is a section of the bouldering area that is “the ship.” It is an area shaped like a ship’s hull and offers climbing challenges over uneven terrain and up to 35 feet at the highest point. The “ship” is more challenging from the rest of the bouldering. A great way to challenge what skills you’ve learned. Kids love to swing on the ropes and slide down the 20-foot slide.

Active Climbing has climbing walls for all levels of experience and challenges. There are top-rope and lead lines available to help you scale the walls. If you’ve never climbed before, there is a 30 minute class on the proper use of the equipment and belays – the device which allows you to control your rope.

For those who like to challenge themselves, there is the Ninja Warrior Room. This area is an obstacle course with a salmon ladder, an inverted wall, jumping spider and a cliff-hanger section. Give it a try and see how you measure up! Who doesn’t want to be a ninja?

Active Climbing provides an opportunity for people who want to strength train, increase flexibility, challenge their endurance and activate their minds. There are punch cards available with 10 punches you can purchase which provides a little discount from the day visit. If you’re really into it, you can purchase a membership. There are discounted prices for students, military, teachers, firemen, police and EMTs. If you want to join a climbing team, you can. The recreational team allows you to climb with other amateur climbing enthusiasts. They offer a competitive team as well which allows you to compete against other local and national teams. Youth can even compete internationally and train for the Olympics.

Active Climbing offers group rates for churches, schools, sports teams and businesses looking for trust and team-building exercises. Don’t forget about birthday parties. Who wouldn’t want to have a fantastic party climbing on a wall? Be sure to check their website for rates and scheduling.

Location: 643 S. Old Belair Rd, Grovetown, GA 30813

Hours: Monday – Friday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m .– 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Budget: For first-time visitors price is $25 to include day pass, gear and belay class. Day passes run $17 for adults and $15 for children (10 and under) with $5 gear rental and $10 belay class. Discounts are available and there is the option for memberships.

What To Do: Definitely take the belay class so you’ll know how to use the equipment safely. You’ll need to sign the waiver before you’re allowed to climb. Start with bouldering. Don’t forget to stretch first!

If You Go: Wear comfortable clothes you can bend and stretch in easily and closed-toe shoes. Sneakers and running shoes are okay.

This article appears in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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