When it comes to date night, most people are looking for creative ideas that incorporate adventure and romance. Rock-climbing is a great way to meet both of these requirements because it allows you to show off your adventurous side without being too forward or rude. Furthermore, rock climbing can be tailored to your skill level so beginners can also have fun with it.
Your date doesn’t have to be afraid that you’ll be leading the way either because there are plenty of climbing walls designed for couples or people who are willing to take turns leading the climb.
If you’re not familiar with rock-climbing, here’s what you should know: rock-climbing is when climbers put on harnesses and attach themselves to a rope with carabiners so they can’t fall. There are plenty of rock-climbing gyms in most major cities that allow you to sign up for classes or just rent some gear and climb without an instructor.
Another thing that makes rock-climbing great is the fact that it’s one of the most extreme sports you can do while still being relatively safe. It requires skill, training, and practice to become really good at climbing so you’ll appear more attractive if you’ve got a little experience under your belt.
Beyond just being able to have fun on your date by trying something new together, there are actually tons of health and fitness benefits that come with rock-climbing. For example, you’ll be gaining muscle strength and endurance simultaneously while your core gets a workout too.
If you want to up the ante for your date, try rock climbing at night or on some bouldering walls instead of the regular climbing wall. It’s more fun because some climbing walls are dimly-lit with colored lights that change throughout the course of your climb.
Boulder climbing can be a bit more dangerous though because you might not be able to see hand or foot holds as well, but if you’ve done it before it won’t be an issue. The thrill of seeing how far you can make it up the wall is extremely rewarding so it’s definitely worth the extra risk.
They also have easier grades for beginners too so you can work up to harder climbs over time. If you are a beginner, don’t be surprised if your date tries to get you to climb too difficult of a wall- sometimes people just want someone else there to spot them in case they fall.
For beginners, it’s also a good idea to try climbing in groups or with other people because it adds a sense of safety and fun when you’re out rock-climbing together. Try planning an outdoor date where you can stop at a local rock wall afterwards for dessert and drinks after your climb. There are even some climbing gyms that offer food and drinks like the Vertical Endeavors in Chicago.
If you’re short on time for your date, try doing a group climb first and then going out afterwards for dinner or drinks; it’s a great way to make sure everyone has fun and is safe while still having some bonding time too. Since rock-climbing is an activity that requires a lot of trust, you’ll have plenty to talk about as your relationship progresses.
It’s important that both of you are physically active as well because it will bring you closer together as people and create a more fulfilling connection. Not being able to connect because one person doesn’t have the same hobbies or interests can be a deal breaker so rock-climbing should help with that too.
You should also plan on going out for a post-climb meal afterwards even if you aren’t planning on eating before hand; climbing can make you really hungry! You don’t want to go somewhere super fancy because you might get sweaty, but most restaurants won’t mind if they see two climbers coming in with all their gear.
Just make sure you both bring some water bottles or camelback packs so you don’t dehydrate yourself too much before dinner- rock climbing requires strength, stamina, and mental determination so try to keep up your energy levels for the entire date. It’s also a good idea to lay out your clothing beforehand because there are no changing rooms at most climbing gyms.
You should wear supportive sneakers that have sticky rubber soles to help with grip when you’re trying to climb the wall. You can also wear lightweight clothing that’s tight against your skin but doesn’t restrict movement too much since it will help reduce friction against the wall as well. Helmets are required to be worn during every climb, but if you aren’t wearing anything else make sure you bring a shirt and shorts.
If you’re doing the date at night, it’s also a good idea to bring headlamps or flashlights for each of your hands because they will help with visibility and safety as well. Once you’ve reached the top of the climbing wall and conquered whatever route you set out to do, it’s time for celebration! You should still keep in mind that some people are tired after rock-climbing so don’t plan on staying up too late together unless you know your date isn’t getting enough sleep every night… but if they are looking for more adventure, try wakeboarding next!
Now that you have some ideas about how to have fun with your special someone while boosting your adrenaline and your health, there’s no harm in trying rock-climbing for you first date.