All ages are welcome to come test their physical and mental ability on our rock climbing wall. This 15-foot wall is complete with an auto-belay system which means you don’t need a partner to climb, just yourself and a harness. Clip into the locking carabineer and make your way to the top. The system will gently lower you once you weight the cable.
Rock climbing is great exercise because it targets muscles in the arms, chest, back, and even the legs. It will increase your forearm strength for gripping bars and make strong deltoids for pull-ups in CrossFit! Climbing automatically forces you to stretch your limbs in reaching for that next hand or foot hold, thereby increasing your flexibility as well. You will also develop balance and coordination.
Not only will you experience the thrill and excitement of rock climbing, but rock climbing is one of the best all-over exercises you can do for your body as well as your mind. Climbing requires a great deal of concentration. Your mind is only able to focus on one thing; therefore climbing becomes very meditative. You don’t have to be sitting or lying down to reap the benefits of meditation.
Rock climbing can be a fun and challenging sport that improves the way you look and feel!
Monique LeMay first rock climbed in 1994 and started teaching for Wilderness Outings within two years. She has been teaching rock climbing and backpacking for over 14 years and loves watching people conquer their fear of heights and get bit by the climbing “bug.”
Monique was also the Head of Instruction at Rockreation Sport climbing gym for over 13 years and has taught people of all ages how to belay, top rope and lead climb.
She enjoys climbing multi-pitch crack, sport, aid, ice and as a new transplant to Tahoe, took 3rd place in this years Meyers Bouldering Competition. She has climbed all across the U.S. and still enjoys Lover’s Leap as one of her favorite climbing spots. Mountaineering is also a part of her repertoire with climbs of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney, Grand Teton, Pingora, and Mt. Kenya.
Monique has held American Mountain Guides Association certification at the level of Top Rope Site Manager as well as Wilderness Advanced First Aid.
Monique started Crossfit in May of 2010 and was surprised to find out how fun it was and even lost 7% body fat in the first year. Pull-ups are her main strength since rock climbing aided in the building of this foundation.