Indoor rock climbing is an alternative to outdoor rock climbing and mimics the real experience. While many consider rock climbing a sport, many gyms and fitness centers feature rock climbing walls in order to help improve clients' strength and conditioning. Smaller rock climbing walls are also available for younger children. The nearest indoor rock climbing venues are located just outside of Conroe, Texas, in the Houston area.
Stone Moves (stonemoves.com) is an indoor rock climbing facility that opened in 2004. A variety of classes are available that are designed to improve the skills and fundamentals of climbers. First-time, casual and experienced climbers are all welcome at the venue. The location is also available for birthday parties and, in addition to climbing, individuals celebrating a party receive pizza, cake and punch. Groups also have the opportunity to participate in overnight lock-ins.
Texas Rock Gym
The Texas Rock Gym (texasrockgym.com) is a climbing facility with over 14,000 square feet of climbing surface. The minimum age of rock climbers is 14 years old and hundreds of climbing routes are available. The location has over 40 top-rope stations and other climbing opportunities include bouldering. Top-rope climbing is when the climber is attached to a rope and harness, while bouldering is climbing without a rope.
In addition to a number of strength training and cardiovascular equipment, Lifetime Fitness (lifetimefitness.mylt.com) has a rock climbing wall that help members get in shape and improve their fitness level. Rock climbing programs are available for members as young as five years old. The programs teach members climbing techniques, route climbing, safety, rope management and clipping techniques. Individual, family and group climbing programs are also available.
Children's Museum of Houston
The Children's Museum of Houston (cmhoustong.com) has an indoor rock climbing wall for children. In addition to the Mt. Boulder Rock Climbing Wall, the museum features a number of other attractions and exhibits. While the rock climbing wall is not very high, it does offer children an opportunity to use their coordination and upper body muscles. Other featured exhibits include the Building Zone, Kidtropolis, FlowWorks, EcoStation and PowerPlay.
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