Indoor climbing gym girl climbing on a rock wall

Indoor Climbing Gym

Something really fun and active to do on a date is going to an indoor climbing gym. It is an excellent first date idea, but certainly can be done at any point in a relationship.

What’s cool about the indoor rock climbing gym is that you get a controlled atmosphere, which is nice when you live somewhere with extreme temperatures, like here in Phoenix. There are experienced workers there who can help you, plus you get a sense of accomplishment after making it to the top of the wall.

Rock climbing gyms have become increasingly popular around the world. There are even rock walls on cruise ships, as well as portable climbing walls that are brought to special events. The cost of an indoor climbing gym is moderately priced; it usually falls between $10 and $20 per person for a day pass and can spend as much time there as you want. You can climb in the morning, leave, then come back later and climb some more. Make a day of it!

Indoor climbing gym with hand holds and padded ground.

What you need for this indoor climbing gym date:

Bring your own climbing shoes, chalk bag, and harness, if you have them, otherwise, you will have to rent climbing gear there. Most big cities have a rock climbing gym; I know of at least 3 that are in a reasonable distance from where I live now in the greater Phoenix area. Just go online and use your favorite search engine to find one close to you. If you plan on spending quite a while there, you may want to pack some snacks too or make plans to eat lunch somewhere close by.

My experience with this creative date idea: 

Girl and guy climbing at an indoor rock climbing gym

I have taken many girls to the indoor climbing gym on dates. For me, it is a fun first date activity because you get to do something exciting. While also having casual time to chat and get to know one another better. I grew up going rock climbing both outdoor and indoor. I have climbed in majestic places like Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. And I have competed in a handful of indoor climbing gym competitions. Rock climbing is an activity I have enjoyed for many years. It is the best way to work out in my opinion.

One evening I was at a restaurant with my buddies, and I thought that one of the hostesses was cute. I, being the wimp that I was at the time, decided not to do anything about it. However, my friends weren’t letting me off that easy, so they went back in and got her number and gave it to me. Hey, the less work you have to do to get a number the better, right? Yeah, I know. Lazy.

The climbing gym

Anyways, I called her up a few days later and asked her out. I told her that we were going to go to the climbing gym. We did a double date. I asked one of my friends to go with us and this girl was going to bring one of her friends for him. She was in excellent shape and climbed quite well for her first time, and of course, was the cutest girl there that day.

Even though we obviously didn’t end up together, I thought that the date went well—we even went out a few more times after that. So basically, the climbing gym jump-started our fun, although short, dating life.

So if you are looking for something fun and active to do for a date, head to the nearest indoor climbing gym and get a great workout. Will your date out climb you?

Do you have experience with this indoor climbing gym creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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