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Evo Rock + Fitness in Concord. Courtesy photo.




Where to indoor rock climb

Evo Rock + Fitness 
10 Langdon St., Concord, 715-9171, 
evorock.com
 
Vertical Dreams 
250 Commercial St, Manchester, 
625-6919, 25 E. Otterson St., Nashua, 943-7571, verticaldreams.com
 
Indoor Ascent 
47 Broadway, Dover, 742-7848, indoorascent.com
 
North Country Climbing Center 
2572 US Route 302, Lisbon, 838-5300, northcountryclimbing.com




Romance on the rocks
Take your date indoor rock climbing

09/24/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Dangling off the edge of a mountain may be a little much for a first date, but New Hampshire has several indoor rock climbing gyms for adventurous couples to explore. Most gyms have climbing walls with various heights, slopes, hold sizes and hold spacings to accommodate all experience levels, so even if you or your date have never rock climbed before, don’t rule it out — just make sure you’re both up for a challenge.

“A lot of romantic partnerships start at the climbing gym,” said Hilary Harris, CEO and founder of Evo Rock + Fitness in Concord. “It is definitely a trend. It’s a great thing to do with a partner because it’s something outside the norm. Instead of sitting at a table having drinks, you’re experiencing something extremely interactive, and that naturally creates bonds.”
When you go to the rock gym, make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can be active in, like sweatpants or yoga pants and a T-shirt. Most gyms will have special climbing shoes for you to rent. It may also be helpful to keep your nails short. A fresh manicure with long fake nails does not fare well during climbing, Harris warns.
If it’s your or your partner’s first time at the gym you go to, the gym may require you to take a test to ensure that you are competent at rock climbing, or, if you’re a beginner, an orientation class followed by a test. After you pass, you’re free to climb on your own.
A date at the rock gym could go a couple of different ways, depending on your and your partner’s skill levels.
“If one of you is experienced and one is a beginner — because the routes vary in difficulty — one of you can go up one route and be lowered by your partner and [vice versa],” Harris said. “You could also climb together on the same wall depending on your ability. … And if you’re both beginners, you can share that learning experience together.”
If you and your significant other have been together for a while, rock climbing may be a rewarding mutual hobby to explore. Belaying each other can help build trust, and overcoming challenges together can be a powerful bonding experience. 
Harris said she believes indoor rock climbing is especially well-suited for a first date.
“It’s a great way to get to know someone really quickly because it reveals their personality,” she said. “Some people are stubborn and try really hard; others give up easily. Some are optimistic and positive; some are negative. For a first date, if you want to weed someone out, [rock climbing] will definitely show you their true colors.” 





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