Always open to trying something new, I took the Learning the Ropes intro class with a girlfriend at Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center. The facility is HUGE and offers options for climbers of all levels. Our instructors Zach and Steve were fun and informative — they explained the features of the harness; rope knot techniques, belay clips and more. They made sure we truly understood their instruction and had us practice over and over. I was very nervous when I arrived at the center, but when it was time to climb I felt at ease because of the extensive training I received. During my last climb of the day I reached 35′. I can belay like a pro, but I need LOTS more practice climbing. A significant aspect about this hobby is that it requires two people, so it’s best if you know someone who’s into the sport as much as you.