Bachelor Party Ideas: The Rock Oasis
Rock climbing with friends at an all-time high
Climbing a 60-foot wall didn’t seem to scare 24-year-old Matthew Rygus, until he looked down.
“I’m afraid of heights,” Rygus says embarrassingly.
The Rock Oasis, a haven for rock climbers and first-timers alike, is a downtown Toronto facility that boasts 60 different climbs in different degrees of difficulty.
“Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s something here for you,” Sam Patenaude, manager of The Rock Oasis, says. “We have short walls that are 25 feet; if you want to go higher, there’s 40 feet, then there’s 60 feet. All walls have a degree of difficulty for each height: easy, medium, hard and really hard.”
For Rygus, who has never rock climbed before, a 5.3 difficulty on a 40-foot wall wasn’t out of reach for his first time.
“I’m scared of heights, but when Sam (Patenaude) was guiding me through the climb, I reached the top and didn’t realize it,” he says. “I had a lot of fun. I could see a close group of friends enjoy an evening of this.”
New climbers get trained on harness use, safety ropes, climbing and belaying.
The Rock Oasis prides itself in having something for every climber that comes in. They’re accustomed to having beginners, like Rygus; go for the shortest and the easiest.
The difficulty depends on the way the ‘holds’ are placed and how far apart they are. Each wall is marked clearly with a number that represents the difficulty levels. For example, a three is like stairs and five and over is anything vertical.
Patenaude agrees: “You don’t really have to be physically fit to do rock climbing.
"It doesn’t really matter how big or small you are; if you want to do it, you can do it. You’re not restricted to your weight or height."
Rock climbing isn’t out of the question for bachelorette parties. “Women really love it. Some of them actually come back for more.” Patenaude says.
Rock climbing isn’t just a workout; it’s a social activity. It’s perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties because “sometimes, this place is louder than a bar,” Patenaude says. “You’re having fun, you’re exercising and you don’t even know it.”
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