By Diane Chase (Adirondack Family Time)
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.
We are always looking for Lake Placid inside activities that do not revolve around watching television. My children have complete understanding of how the TV remote works so my husband and I feel they do not require additional experience. Since my kids are climbing up the walls, really the door frames, we felt it is the perfect time to try the High Peaks Cyclery indoor climbing room. Appropriately named “The Climbery,” High Peaks Cyclery has cordoned off an upstairs room, near the yoga studio, dedicated to the practice and perfection of rock climbing.
We are all novices, unless we can count my daughter’s habit of hanging from the molding. We are told her particular parlor trick will come in handy but will not be the same experience. We sign a waiver and decide to rent shoes along with the 2 hours fee in hopes that the tight fitting climbing shoes will help us grip the rock handles.
The room is heavily padded but we are still required to only climb up to our individual heights. I am fine with that. I am actually okay just climbing to my daughter’s height. My youngest takes off and manages to climb each wall without touching the floor. The colored tape along the walls indicates various routes. Now it becomes a competition between siblings.
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Each of us falls one time or another. When our two hours time limit is up our hands are cramped and our muscle ache in a healthy way. With advanced notice we could have hired an instructor to teach us how to belay but we are just as happy focusing on the lower rock holds without the need to be clipped in.
Anyone wishing to further their rock climbing education, just ask the staff. I think I need a few more practice rounds with the padded floor.
High Peaks Cyclery Mountain Adventure Center is located at 2733 Main Street in Lake Placid. The Climbery is only open during regular store hours or call 518-523-3764. The cost for bouldering is $7 for 2 hours (with own shoes), $10 with shoe rental, $40/ ten visit punch card or $100 year membership.