And man, what a bloody good time! We took a beginner class and then did the paired climb/belay thing, then had the whole place to ourselves with the auto-belays at the end of the night.
Hell of a workout, and those ascents with the ledge on them are hard as fuck. I did pretty well on the straight stuff, but since I'm built like a cyclist (tree trunk legs and little noodle arms for biceps ) some of the higher difficulty walls just shit all over me.
My better half, kicking ass:
And me, trying to smile for the camera after realizing that when you don't tighten the harness all the way, your nuts get crushed in basically a canvas vice grip when you're descending.
Anyone else do this often? Seems like a cool way to burn one night a week, though I wish it wasn't so expensive. It's around $20/visit at the local place here, which includes rentals. Pretty sure I'm going to pick up a pair of shoes for it since renting nasty smelly shoes is pretty terrible. Definitely a pretty neat way to spend a night and get one hell of a workout.