Scale New Heights at Destinâ€™s First Rock Climbing Gym
Husband and wife climbers Ken and Sam Sheyka have opened a rock climbing gym in Destin. Rock Out Climbing Gym offers 3,315 square feet of â€śtop quality bouldering terrainâ€ť for a challenge previously unavailable on the Emerald Coast. The pair spent years driving back and forth to other climbing facilities. After countless day trips and hours in the car, they decided to conquer their biggest uphill battle: the absence of a climbing gym in Destin. Thus, they laid the groundwork for Rock Out.
Having hosted its â€śbouldâ€ť opening June 10, the gym is now open to the public. Located on Palms Boulevard, Â Rock Out welcomes climbers of all ages. In fact, their website boasts, â€śif you can walk, you can climb!â€ť Kids under 13 need adult supervision, so the experts at Rock Out offer a training session for all adults who plan to supervise.
Of course, adults, youâ€™ll want to get in on the fun too. This isnâ€™t just a kidsâ€™ activity. Rock Outâ€™s walls are 16 feet tall, with 12 inches of padding beneath. If you fall, thereâ€™s a way to do that. The experts even teach you how to fall and downward climb. Acrophobes, fear not, Rock Out Climbing Gym offers challenging routes without climbing to nerve-wracking heights.
Climbing has taken the spotlight in recent years, especially with the success of shows like Ninja Warrior. Isaac Caldiero, Ninja Warrior Champion, is a successful climber who attributes his success in great part to his rock climbing background. And when Caldiero won Ninja Warrior, what did he say he wanted to do? â€śI just want to go rock climbing. I want to go to all the amazing places Iâ€™ve never been.â€ť
If youâ€™ve never been to a climbing gym, itâ€™s time to check it off your list. Adult day passes are $16, and kidsâ€™ day passes are $10. Punch cards are available, and the prices include your climbing orientation, fall class, rental shoes, and chalk bag.
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