Monthly Archives: April 2015

Parent’s Night Out – Revisited

Skyscraper Walk

Skyscraper Walk

Now that the days are getting longer, and there is so much more to get done—for work or fun—it’s time to take advantage of the best way in town to get more out of your Wednesday and Thursday evenings! Parent’s Night Out at High Point Climbing And Fitness is sure to become one of those family activities that your children look forward to as much as you will. Let’s take a quick look and see why…

Where else can you drop off your children—ages 4 to 13—for two and a half hours and be 100% certain that they’re having a great time? (No offense doting grandparents!) With a staff ratio of 6 children per highly trained staff, over 30,000 square feet of climbing surface area, and all the energy of springtime to tap into, you may not believe how enthused your children(ren) will be when you pick them up. A good night’s sleep is almost certain to be an added bonus!

Let’s talk economics for a second, and use three children for this fun Math Word Problem:

3 energetic children get the chance to play for 2½ hours at what Climbing Magazine calls, “the country’s coolest climbing gym”. They have over 30,000 square feet of climbing surface area to explore depending on their ability. Each child is provided all the gear they need to climb, and are supervised by a highly trained staff member at a 6 to 1 climber to staff ratio. The cost for all of this—for members*—is only $45 ($20 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $10 for each additional child).

$45 divided by 3 = $15  $15 divided by 2½ hours = $6

Where else can you find someone to actively engage your child(ren) these days for $6 an hour? NOWHERE!

* Non-member pricing is: $30 for the 1st child, $25 for the 2nd, and $20 per each additional child.

And now for the paperwork info:
• ALL participants must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. (Waivers can be found here on the website.)
• It is highly recommended that you schedule at least one week ahead of time to guarantee a spot.
• A $10 deposit is required per child.

And there you have, hands down, Chattanooga’s best Parent’s Night Out choice!
Isn’t it time for a Date Night?

New Setter Spotlight: Cody Grodzki

M. Lim Photo

M. Lim Photo

B.S. in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire
Level 2 USA Climbing Certified Route Setter
6 years of Commercial and Competition Route Setting Experience
Athlete/ Ambassador at Granola Products
Freelance Writer at RootsRated
W-EMT and Instructor with SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine
Founder of Tick.Tape.Tighten., the Route Setter’s Collaborative Website

For the past 6 years, Cody has invested the entirety of his life to the art and profession of route setting. Holding a Level 2 route setting certification from USA Climbing, Cody has set for a number of youth and adult rock climbing competitions, as well as a myriad of routes and boulders for the commercial climbing industry.

M. Lim Photo

M. Lim Photo

Cody began his career by learning the basics of what it takes to set fair and fun routes for both customers, as well as competitors, through the help of friends and route setters at local New England gyms. Over time, he established relationships with numerous rock climbing facilities as a contract route setter. Cody’s routes and boulders have been featured in climbing gyms from Evolution Climbing + Fitness in Portland, ME to Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing in New Bedford, MA, and Prime Climb in Wallingford, CT.

Upon moving north to attend school at the University of New Hampshire, Cody began working at MetroRock Climbing Centers as a full-time route setter, youth climbing coach, and outdoor climbing guide. Home of the Dark Horse Bouldering Series, Black Out Boulder Brawl, and Iron Maiden, as well as a multitude of USA Climbing sanctioned local and championship competitions, MetroRock quickly taught Cody what was required to set for high-level rock climbing competitions, as well as how to provide for a customer base that demanded the highest quality indoor routes and boulders.

With his newly acquired B.S. in Outdoor Education from UNH, Cody and his girlfriend shipped out of the chilly New England winter in order to explore the plethora of outdoor opportunities that the the south has to offer. Now employed at High Point Climbing And Fitness as a route setter, Cody is excited to begin this new chapter in his route setting career.

"Iron Claw"   Rocktown     Photo: Justgoclimb.com

“Iron Claw” Rocktown Photo: Justgoclimb.com

Recently selected to the 2015 USA Climbing Collegiate Climbing Series National Championship route setting team, Cody will be traveling to San Diego, California next week to begin route setting for this annual event. He hopes to continue learning more about how to set fun and varied movement for climbers of all sizes and ability levels, and strives to push his skill sets further into both the competitive and commercial climbing markets.

Welcome to the team Cody!