Watch this video. It pretty much speaks for itself.
I’ve been climbing at GOLS (Glendale Outdoor Leadership School) a lot lately. It’s a great facility for climbers of any skill level. While it may not have the variety of rock walls like Stronghold in Columbia, SC, it has numerous routes that can provide for a good workout for even the most experienced climber. Also, they will soon be adding a bouldering cave, which will greatly enhance the existing facility.
Also, it’s not expensive to climb. It costs me about $8 each time I climb (price varies depending on what equipment you have). I believe it’s $10 total with complete equipment rental. Some nights have discounts for different age groups, so it’s good to visit on those nights. Thursday from 6-9 is an adult night (18 and older), and Friday night is kid’s night from 6-9.
Anyway, this video shows just a few of the possibilities in this gym. Making the video was almost as fun as actually doing the jumps.
The staff is very friendly (Dave, Ben and Storm from the video all work there). Don’t let the video scare you off. I have been climbing at GOLS for almost a year now. It took me quite a while before I was capable of pulling off what you see in the video. The staff loves having new people show up, and groups are welcome and encouraged. Had it not been for the helpfulness of the GOLS staff, I wouldn’t be able to pull of any of what is shown in the video.
For more information about the facility and the programs offered at GOLS, please check out their website: http://www.setgols.org/. GOLS is located in Glendale, which is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Spartanburg, SC.