Seek a thrill? Try rock climbing

Learn how to rock climb at one of the rock climbing walls before heading outside.



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Learn how to rock climb at one of the rock climbing walls before heading outside.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to try on the Western Slope and in Mesa County from skiing to hiking, biking, rafting and rock climbing.

But with rock climbing, it is highly recommended to learn how to rock climb at an indoor rock climbing walls before heading outside.

There are a few locations to choose from:

Grand Junction Climbing Center — The Climbing Center has 4,000 square feet of climbing space and offers beginning to advanced classes, including summer camps through the Grand Junction Parks & Recreation office: 1548 Independent Ave., 241-7622, http://www.gjclimbing.com.

Fun Factory at KidzPlex — The Grand Rock Adventures indoor rock climbing gym includes bouldering, a computerized wall and a belay area. The facility is for those ages 21 and younger: 609 25 Road, 245-3610, http://www.kidzplex.com.

Mesa State College Hamilton Recreation Center — The climbing wall has seven routes on a 28-foot high, 812-square-foot wall with an overhang. A trained student attendant is on site and available to ensure safety and provide assistance: 1100 North Ave., 248-1592, http://www.mesastate.edu/reccenter.

Gateway Canyons Resort — An experienced guide will take you on a climb in the Unaweep Canyon or on the Palisade rock formation: 43200 Colorado Highway 141, Gateway, 970-931-2649, http://www.gatewaycanyons.com, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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