Indoor Mountainscapes: 7 Rock Climbing Facilities for Urban Adventurers

Buzz surrounding indoor rock climbing has followed the same growth trajectory as that of many other urban-sport activities: rapid and exponential. One day you had never heard of it and the next, you were getting knocked by climbing shoes on the subway, as they vivaciously swung from carabiners on knapsacks. Indoor rock climbing has propelled to the forefront of urban fitness because by providing avenues for health, excitement and socializing, it combines some of our most central desires. The sheer size and specificity of these indoor climbing facilities demonstrate that thousands of people are flocking towards these gyms and that it is hardly a marginal affair. Among all the huzzah, it is fascinating to consider how indoor rock climbing commodifies the natural landscape. By erecting walls that certainly do not exist in the wilderness, these spaces privatize an otherwise outdoor experience, and enclose it with fees and costs. However for some people, these buildings make climbing more accessible by bringing it much closer to home. Bouldering specifically, is praised for being cheaper and more practical than any other form of climbing since it does not require nearly as much gear. These vast and impressive spaces border virtual reality, possessing aspects ...
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