by Strawberry Jam
The words “rock climbing” and “Florida” are seldom in the same sentence. But just off of Marina Mile Road, down a frequently flooded small road, and nestled in a maze of a business park, you’ll find Coral Cliffs, Ft Lauderdale’s only indoor rock climbing facility.
Behind a reflective, glassy storefront are 87 top rope climbing routes and 25 lead routes to monkey around on. Climb to your heart’s desire for about $29, gear rental included (harness, shoes, carabiner, and chalk bag). If you fall in love with it, you won’t need to worry about getting bored. The routes, ranging from 5.5 – 5.11 in difficulty, are changed frequently by skilled route setters.
Never done it before? Coral Cliff’s gracious and knowledgeable staff will “show you the ropes” for just a few bucks more. As a first-timer, you’ll learn how to effectively tie a figure eight knot into your harness and finish it off with a water knot. With a sweet little reminder that you’ve more or less got your partner’s life in your hands, you’ll learn how to belay, or secure, their rope.
Mastered the basics and want to return but have no one to go with? There are friendly climbers that are happy to help you out if you’re nice enough. If you’re looking to take your rope-tying skills to the next level, be sure to check out Coral Cliff’s “Singles and Swingers Night” every Tuesday at 6:30p.m.
3400 Southwest 26th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-5068