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    -21 Degrees

    Rocks and Ropes is an indoor rock climbing gym that is perfect for a fun afternoon out, complete with 14,000 square feet of climbing walls ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert.

    Mechanical engineering sophomore Roy Green went to the rock gym for the first time last year.

    “”It’s simple for beginners,”” Green said. “”The people who work there are friendly and they help you get up on the wall fast.””

    Climbing gear such as shoes, harnesses and helmets are available to rent for $6, and first-time rock climbers have to take a $12 lesson about rock climbing safety before they are allowed on the wall.

    “”Once you’re done with some basic starting instructions, you’re free to try whatever part of the walls you want,”” Green said.

    The rock gym has 35-foot-high walls that extend vertically or up and around to a 45-degree cave-like obstacle, including places where it isn’t necessary to have a partner.

    “”It’s a lot of fun to go with friends,”” Green said. “”Watching your friends climbing and falling can be beyond funny.””

    Not only is it entertaining, but climbing is also good exercise.

    “”Rocks and Ropes is a great way to spend an afternoon,”” Green said. “”Even if your arms and fingers don’t appreciate you the next day.””

    While general admission is $12, Mondays and Fridays are student discount nights, so the cost is $3 off. Discounts are also available for groups of six or more.

    Rocks and Ropes is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. over the weekend. At 330 S. Toole Ave., Rocks and Ropes is less than two miles from campus.

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