Climbing High in the ATL

After tasty treats at Heirloom Café on Friday night (earlier post…e-neighborhood/ ), I headed to Atlanta with some friends on Saturday to check out the largest climbing gym in the U. S.  To say I was excited when we pulled into the parking lot of Stone Summit Climbing Center would be a very big understatement!

Let me back up for a minute.  I had driven past this building every single time I went to the airport in Atlanta.  It wasn’t until recently that I saw the massive climbing walls lit up through the gigantic windows on the building’s front, and I knew, without a doubt, that I HAD to climb there…and soon!

Ok, fast forward to this past Saturday. As soon as Steve, Megan, and I opened the doors to get out of the chilly, biting wind, we were overtaken by the massiveness that is Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center.  I learned that day that simply saying something is the largest in the nation does not necessarily correspond to the overall magnitude of it.

Just one view of Stone Summit

After filling out our waivers, we stood motionless staring at the place for a good 10-15 minutes before we even started to assess the belaying techniques used at this gym.  Once our friend Matt arrived, we geared up and began reviewing/learning belay procedures with the ATC.  After quickly mastering this method of belay, I was tested and practically ran to the bouldering area of the gym to get in some routes before moving to top ropes.

Several routes later, I was chomping at the bit to climb some of the 75ft walls, so we made our way over to a less occupied corner.  On the way to our selected spot, we saw people lead climbing as well as young climbers do some majorly intensive training routes.  I quickly realized this place has something for everyone and every level of skill.

Climbing a great 5.9+

Several routes later, Matt had ripped open one of his fingers, and we all had major arm pump. We were also so high on adrenaline and had the biggest smiles on our faces.  For those 3 hours we were able to forget about our upcoming research deadlines and other stressers within our lives and just do something we all have grown to love (or obssess about!).

Meg & I high on life (& climbing!)

Steve was our amazing photog for the day and was able to procure (no, not under cover of darkness!) two GoPro cameras for out use as well as a boom pole and a head strap mount.  We shot tons of routes and so far he has put together one awesome clip.  Check it out our Pièce de résistance and let me know what you think!

And if you live anywhere near Atlanta and have even the slightest to desire to try climbing, Stone Summit is the place to go!!!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mia on February 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    LooK at you go!!!! I so miss indoor climbing so much and wish we had one in corpus


  2. Awesome video! Steve did a great job with that. It makes me want to go back…


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