Go Vertical Indoor Rock Gym950 North Penn St. Philadelphia, PA 19123 (right by Sugar House Casino) visit site fees
I decided it was time to take Henry indoor rock climbing. At three does this make sense?…no. But none of us are new here so here is what it is like to take a tot to Go Vertical Indoor Rock Gym.
So anytime there is a kiddie rock wall the boys are all over it. Which mean me hoisting them up as they pretend they are climbing it. I decided to up the anty and take Henry to a real indoor rock gym. You may or may not know that there is a pretty awesome indoor rock gym called Go Vertical just off Delaware Ave.
If this is your first time and you cannot belay (the securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point as during mountain climbing) I would suggest you call them and make an appointment to have an instructor work with you. You can have them belay for you and your little one. They are hard core rock climbers but super friendly. They know their stuff and are happy to help you learn.
Henry was super excited when we got there. Technically it is a giant cave so I can’t blame him. I climbed first so he could see that is was not scary and then we hooked Henry up in the harness. It was hard to get it on him since he was jumping up and down so much from excitement. I had to work a lot with Henry on how to take turns with his hands and feet and use the differnt holds to climb the wall. It was a hard concept for him to understand. His favoriate color is blue so I would find a high blue hold and our challenge was to climb to it. Once he reached that I would pick a higher goal and so on. When Henry had to come down I supported him but he was doing this half scared half excited laugh. When he got to the bottom he wanted to do it again but you could tell coming down was a little tough on him.
I did push him a little which I admit was hard as the gym got a little busier with young rock climbing hipster that are clearly childless. Henry did about 5 trys before he was exhausted – some of that exhaustion came from all the excited jumping he did in the begining.
The cool thing is we were at Little Sports today and he did the mini rock wall and I could see a huge difference in his ability to reason the wall. I was still helping him but he seemed to actually get the concept and made specific choices in which holds he chose. He also made his feet and hand work together.
Would I take him again? YES. And I will tell you why. Before we left a little girl that was 5 years old came in with her mom and she scaled the training wall as her mom belayed for her. I watched her have the trust and confidence to sit back in the harness as she was way up there and look for the perfect hold. I want that for the boys so I am going to take belaying classes and see if I can get them there in a few years. I do think it will be an expensive road to get them there so I will try it every few months.
Watch Spiderman before you go (just a thought).
You CANNOT park in the lot right in front of Go Vertical. You must park on the street. I know the lot will look so easy and inviting but don’t do it.
It is cold in there so bundle until you get warmed up.
Bring a lock to stash your stuff in the locker room.
All ages are welcome. They were not shocked to see a three year old there at all.
I know that IN Movement in Queen Village has a kiddie rock wall if you are looking for something much smaller.