Rock climbing wall for kids

January 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Tired of kids climbing all over your furniture? Then it's time to try some real climbing. Leigh Glaser takes you to Mission Cliffs climbing wall in San Francisco. A great place for kids, birthday parties and afterschool fun.

About Mission Cliffs:
Mission Cliffs, in San Francisco was the original Touchstone gym - built back in 1995 - and remains impressive to this day. With a spectacular headwall that ascends over 50 feet, it has some of the highest indoor climbing you will find anywhere. The terrain ranges from steep and challenging for expert climbers to moderate and gently sloping for those just learning the ropes. For those times when you don't want to tie in, Mission Cliffs also has exceptional bouldering terrain. They have just added a new programs room to their San Francisco location that features yoga, performance cycling and other exciting fitness programs. Add to that a weight room and over a dozen cardio machines and you'll be certain to get an all-around workout.

  • 50 ft. High Lead Wall
  • 14,000 sq. ft. of Climbing Terrain
  • 2,000 sq. ft. of Bouldering
  • Over 80 Top and Lead Ropes
  • Weight Room
  • Aerobic Equipment
  • Locker Rooms with Showers
  • Saunas
  • Free High Speed Wireless Access
  • Fitness classes (Performance Indoor Cycling, Yoga and Cardio Boxing)

Touchstone Climbing
2295 Harrison Street, San Francisco

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Touchstone Climbing gyms offer a variety of activities for kids to try rock climbing. Rock climbing birthday parties, after school and summer camps and teen programs are just a few of the fun rock climbing programs they offer for kids.

After School Climbing

Ten week sessions are offered from 4pm to 6pm. Call your local gym for dates & prices.

Suggested ages: 6 to 14
Days: Check with your local gym
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Price: $225 for non-members; $175 for members
Curriculum: Belaying, knotcraft, basic movement technique, rappelling, anchors, mock leading, bouldering, spotting, training, route-reading