Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 26, 2011 - 07:16pm PT
Yeah, yeah gyms are stupid and stuff...
But, is there a place to quell this weird desire I have for pulling on plastic during the winter months in South Lake Tahoe?
When the snow returns (it will!) where do folks in south tahoe get workouts? Finger board? Woody?
I found something about a gym just west of the Y. Went by 3 or 4 times, place was dark and quiet.
The only commercial gym, High Altitude Fitness, is 45 min north in Incline Village. For us it usually turns into a 6 hour commitment to drive up there, climb, eat, and get back. 6 hours kinda sucks when only 3 are spent climbing... and on plastic...
I've been talking to some folks... seems like everyone I meet here wants one, but nobody wants to run/own one. I know more than a few people who make the trip to High Altitude every week or so.
That's the place I've been by a few times.
I've been to the gym in Incline. It's got these self belayer things that really kinda creeped me out the first time I got up to the top! But was a nice gym for that size of a community. Was hoping for something like that in South Lake.
Guess not. 6 hours round trip? Dang.
What happened to Gad? Not enough business? Was it a crappy gym??
My GF is looking for something challenging to do....??
High Altitude is by far the best climbing gym in Tahoe, but it is 45 min from my house. That means I'm spending 1.5 hours in my car for a 3 hour workout... and when it is all said and done it requires a 5 hour chunk of my day. Good folks and a nice facility.
The Crossfit gym's wall looks small and ~ vertical. I can't imagine actually doing a session on it.
PUSH built a climbing section in their weight gym. It is actually an okay size but bouldering only. I can go in there and do 30-50 boulder problems without getting too bored. It was sold, the new owner was in some kind of legal trouble, and the whole place is kind of in limbo (last I heard). Their prices were all over the board... from $5 a visit to $30 a visit to monthly memberships only, depending on who was working the desk apparently. The old owner was banning chalk because it made his equipment look dull. They had no ventilation system. They probably have that all worked out now... or it could be up for sale again... don't know.
The best option I could come up with was to build a 12'x10' woody in my garage.
wow, blast from the past.
I actually have a free 30 day pass to the bouldering area at Push right now.
It's ok, but I'm not finding myself hitting it all that much.
I used to use the CrossFit gym wall to warm up before workouts, but there is snow this winter so CF has fallen off the radar some. That wall has an auto belay device but is short. You can do traverses there to get a burn but it would probably get pretty old quick. I get the feeling both places suffer a bit from irregular route setting, but I could be wrong.
Fortuntely there are places that allow for winter climbing/bouldering if it ever dries out. So far it's been a skiers winter which isn't bad for most up here.
Pimp Juice was in excellent condition last week. Warmed up in the garage and fell off just over the lip. Next time for sure.
Drop me a line if you ever want to head over for a session on our wall: 32 degrees, 10x12, pretty much symmetrical so you do the same problem L as you do R and avoid favoring your strong side. Good training. I built it and I'm guessing it wouldn't fall down... although I could be wrong.