Central Ohio Winter Hikes

The leaves have fallen, the sun doesn’t come out as often and the fireplaces have been lit! Winter is around the corner and cold weather hiking is on the agenda for many outdoor enthusiasts! We have eagerly anticipated the changing of the seasons from hot to cold and are looking forward to hiking here in central Ohio!

Winter hiking is often overlooked because of the cold weather. There is a bit of trepidation about what to expect and where to go. The wind may seem cutting and snow a bit blustery but the winter hiking scene should not scare you off.

Our family had never hiked outside in winter until last year and now we all would say it is our favorite time to hike. We love getting all our gear on, finding a trail and walking in the woods looking for eagles or deer. Winter hiking affords the ability to see things easier because the dense leaves and cover have died off giving a clearer look through the woods.


Where should you hike in winter in central Ohio?  Where are trails maintained in winter? These are good questions to ask your self as you begin looking into places to try out.

We highly recommend Columbus Metro Parks in the Central Ohio area. They do a wonderful job keeping debris off the main trails and update their website about trail closings or any issues within the parks. The Winter Hike Series is something we encourage all central Ohioans to try out!  Columbus Metro Parks Winter Hike Schedule   The Cbus Metro Parks provide food and hot drinks after every winter hike and that is a real BONUS, the Gleason kids love this part of the hike. (It is a great motivator to get the kids outside!) We, also, enjoy meeting people after the hikes as we eat together and talk about what we saw on the hike or about our summer adventures.

We have extensively hiked Preservation Parks in Delaware County and can recommend you head there for some fun on the trails this winter season. Deer Haven Preserve is one of our favorite places to go and hike. There is some terrain changes, the nature center is lovely and the bird watching there is some of the finest. Preservation Parks Winter Event Calendar Think about a short day trip to one of their locations, we are sure you won’t be disappointed.



This year we are going to try and to travel on occasion to go to other areas for winter hiking. We stayed local last year and this year we have the Ohio wanderlust to find other amazing areas to winter hike. A few places we want to try out in the winter is Old Man’s Cave area, the rugged terrain and frozen waterfalls are calling!  Old Man’s Cave Winter Hike  I’ve read about Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the recreation area there. My research has shown me there are  many things to do and if you live in Ohio you don’t have to go far to find outdoor adventure. Cuyahoga Valley Schedule of Winter Events

Don’t let the cold weather scare you off! Bundle up and hit the trails this winter, you’ll be glad you did!

Happy Hiking,

The Gleason Family



Slate Run Historical Farm and Metro Park


Have you ever wondered what an 1800’s farm was like? Are you curious about how to cook on a wood stove? How to cultivate heirloom seeds and garden? Do you want to take a gorgeous day hike? Have a nice picnic at a great picnic grounds? Fishing pond? Then Slate Run Historical Farm and Metro Park are a great location for you to check out.

We have made 2 trips to Slate Run Historical Metro Park in the past 3 weeks and have found a plethora of things to do and see. Our first trip was to check out the park and see if it was something we would want to visit again. We arrived late in the day and were bummed because we could have spent HOURS there! We came for a second visit on Sept 9th for a Morning Chores program at 9 am, BRIGHT and early.


This 1880’s working historical farm is a place where you can come and see how a farm in that era would work. There is a farmhouse, pastures, orchard and grape arbor, summer kitchen and woodshed, garden, privy, root cellar and smokehouse, barn, windmill, granary, fields, machine sheds, poultry yards, and hog shed. There are volunteers and park rangers to help you with your experience at the farm.

The farm is self guided and you can get maps at the farm house or at the entrance in the parking area. There is no entrance fee for the park and Slate Run Historical Farm Hours vary, make sure you check them before you go. You will need a minimum of 1 hour to see and experience the whole farm house and various buildings, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Morning Chores:

For the morning chore program we were greeted by, Herb, who was our guide on the farm. He was amazing and very laid back, letting the children do the chores. He gently told them how to do each activity and was extremely informative. We fed chickens, horses, sheep, turkeys and pigs. As we went to each area Herb would tell the children facts about the animals and their purposes on the farm.

For more information about the programs Slate Run has to offer Click Here.

Kids herding the lambs to their fenced in area.

After our morning chore time we took a day hike around the metro park area. We loved Buzzard’s Roost Lake and the hike across the covered bridge. The hiking trails are well maintained and very family friendly. You can hike as much or as little as you would desire. We have found Columbus Metro Parks to be wonderful locations to get your family into the outdoors and explore what Columbus area has to offer.

We picnicked both times we came to Slate Run Metro park. The picnic area at the Buzzard Roost area is wonderful and there is potable water and very clean pit toilets. My kids hung up the ENO hammocks for some rest time in the trees in the picnic area where it was nicely shaded. They also have a great playground for your younger children.

Slate Run Metro Park is a location where you can come many times and every time you visit you will see and learn new things. I would highly recommend this park for your family or for homeschool opportunities.

*Catch and Release Lake


*Covered Bridge

*Farm and Activities

I would rate this park a **MUST VISIT** if you live in and around the Columbus area and if you are planning a visit to Ohio this should make your short list.


Happy Adventuring!

The Gleason Crew


ZIPZONE Adventure Park: Columbus, Ohio

If you live in or around Central Ohio finding the perfect adrenaline rush can be a challenge. In Cbus, there are no mountains to hike, no rivers with raging rapids, and we don’t have death defying heights to scale climbing. Fortunately for us, local entrepreneurs  are bringing to our community many things for adventure seekers to enjoy. ZIPZONE is opening on AUGUST 12th, 2017 and it is amazing!

ZIPZONE is located in the Camp Mary Orton area right off of ST RT 23 at 7925 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio. It is easily accessible but signage is small and you will need to be looking for it. As you drive down the dirt road to the facility you may think you are lost, but you are not. Keep driving. The parking lot is on the left and you do see well marked signs.

The office and adventure park are brand new and the facility is pristine. After parking you will head to the main office to check in, get weighed and go to the bathroom. The bathrooms are well maintained Port-a-Johns and are located right outside the main office. Checking in includes making sure your waivers are filled out, weighing all the guests in your party and answering general questions about your arrival and preparations for your time playing in the adventure park.

Once you are checked in, you head over to the gear shack. This is where you give the rangers your tickets and they in turn fit you for your harness and gloves. The team of rangers they have put together are helpful and informative and they really help you feel comfortable about what you are gearing up for.

Before you head into the adventure park the rangers walk you through their protocol for the obstacles in the trees and the ziplines. This is a small ground level training area at the right of the gear shack. We learned how to lock and unlock our SSB carabiners and attach our zipline trolley to the course. The SSB or Continuous belay system is a top of the line, state of the art system and ZIPZONE is the only one using it in the state of Ohio. Our ranger was very thorough and answered all my kids questions. The training session helped us all feel confident headed out into the adventure park!



The adventure park is self guided and you can go at your own pace. You will hike down a short well marked trail to where you begin your adventure.


Adventure Starts Here!

There is a moment of wonder as you peer up into the trees and take in what you are about to do. The cables, wood structures, ziplines and sound of people screaming and laughing fill the sky and it causes you to pause, but only for a minute because adrenaline kicks in and your ready to go!

At this moment in my blog can I just be raw and honest? I hate heights. I really do! This adventure was way out of my personal comfort zone and I felt sick, shaky and my mind was telling me how crazy I was. I’m almost 45 and I am about to chase and follow my 3 youngest adventurous kids through the trees. **Insert panicked selfie here**

We climbed up a set of stairs where 4 of the obstacles are located. There is 1 yellow called Sunflower, 2 green named Mossy Ridge and Flint Run and 1 blue dubbed Waterfall at this platform. You get to pick your destiny from there! Our family started with Sunflower. It was the easiest and least difficult and found it to be perfect for getting our start figuring out how it all works.

We did the green ones after that because they are the next set on the difficulty scale. The first one we did was Mossy Oak. I  found it to be doable and I gained a lot of confidence in myself as we progressed through it. We climbed, crawled, shimmied, and swung over the aerial trails and quickly found ourselves at the ending zipline down. I was really “proud ” myself at this point. (This is where you say, “Oh no, she’s about to let her pride get in the way.)


The last green aerial trail we finished was, Flint Run. I found this one to be very challenging. The first two had me thinking I got this, and this one had me sweating. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but it really challenged me. I was exhausted by the end of it. This one has 2 ziplines incorporated into it and I really enjoyed that aspect. The one we came to in the middle of the trail was after some hard obstacles and my 9 year old said, “Look, a reward for all our hard work!” I did not fall on this aerial trail but there were moments I certainly thought I was going to!

Abbie, who has type one diabetes, had a low blood sugar after Flint Run. She and I headed up to the main area for a snack and the 2 boys stayed behind to adventure. I trusted the Rangers at ZIPZONE  and knew they would ensure the boys safety while I helped Abbie stabilize her glucose levels and I was not disappointed. Upon my return back to the course area I found out Nate was stuck on the Waterfall course and petrified. Seriously, he was hugging a tree and said, “I can’t go any farther.” One of the Rangers set off to rescue my son out of the trees.  After his daring rescue we went through the Sunflower one more time and had one last zip down out of the trees. A++

If your looking for a beautiful, intense adventure in central Ohio this is the place for you.  I look forward to returning and know we will be going back as often as we can.

Happy adventure-ing!


I am pleased to share with you a GRAND OPENING discount code for up to 4 people! Make sure you take advantage of that!

Use code:  ADV1715

PS: There are zipline canopy tours and I spoke with the owner, Lori Pringle about them. We have not done this but do look forward trying it out. She had nothing but amazing things to share about the tour!




News Release: Metro Park Videos

Hi everyone!

We’ve had a busy summer hiking and adventuring. The kids are enjoying this week home. We may hit our local highbanks metro park  tonight for a viewing of Jurassic Park! It may not be an adventure but it will be a fun time outside.

I’ve had a few people ask for the links for the 10tv videos of our family. I apologize for not getting those up sooner!

Enjoy and Happy Adventuring!

The Gleason Crew!

Try Mountain House For FREE! Link in the blog!

Have you ever wanted to try a freeze dried meal? Here is your perfect opportunity. Mountain House is offering a free trial offer and I’ve provided a link for you that will take you to their page where you can print the coupon off.

Mountain House FREE link

We choose Mountain House 9 times out of 10 for our backcountry hiking dinner food choice. Give them a try, you won’t regret it.

Happy Hiking,

The Gleason Crew

Scioto Grove Metro Park :Backcountry hiking practice

Have you ever wished you could try out your backcountry hiking gear before you go? Do you wish you could sleep under the stars in a familiar place and see where your gear is lacking before you are high in the mountains and unfamiliar with the environment? Have you wondered what trying out your gear looks like while NOT in your own back yard? Columbus Metro Parks has just the park for you! Scioto Grove in Grove City, is the place for the average to avid hikers to try out their backcountry gear.

Scioto Grove has 5 “backcountry” practice locations. These sites were created with help from REI for the central Ohioan in mind. The sites are available to use every other weekend and you have to call ahead to reserve a site.  Backpacking registration for 2017 opened April 3 and reservations are running from April 14 every other weekend, through to the end of October. Backpacking is free and reservations can be taken by calling. 614-949-1078.


We recently went to Scioto Grove for an overnight practice trip and stayed at site 1. Parking for your overnights is at the North Canoe Access area, and we were able to find that easily with the sign off of the main road. When you arrive you call the ranger on duty and they meet you there to get you checked in. The process was very efficient and we enjoyed talking with Ranger Draves before we began our hike to our site.  As we familiarized ourselves with our location and the park map, we found that there were primitive but very clean bathrooms at the Hickory area with a short walking distance.  These are very nice and I was personally glad they were so close to site 1.

The hike to site 1 is very easy and is about a 1/2 miles from the parking area. This site is tucked into a wooded area and right off of the REI River trail as you enter through the Hickory area. The mosquitoes were quick to welcome us as we began to set up. I was glad I had remembered the bug spray. This was the first trip out that the mosquitoes were so welcoming!  Site 1 and all the backpacking sites have 2 raised platforms for your equipment, a fire ring, 2 benches and firewood. The firewood is provided for you from the metro park! BONUS!


Gleason family with Ranger Draves

Site 1 is not the farthest site from potable water, but it is a bit of a walk to get it. You will need to pack in what you want to use or hike out to the Arrowhead parking area to where water and bathrooms are located. Remember, this is not a short walk. It is at least a mile round trip from site 1. I packed in the water we needed and we had  plenty for the cooking and drinking that we had planned. If you plan ahead for this site you won’t have any  problems.

If you want to practice using your water filtration systems, the Scioto River is a short walking distance from site 1. Our daughter, Abbie, took along her Life Straw and was having fun trying it there on the muddy banks. You can take your water bottles and fill them and return to camp or take your system to the river and work on it there on the river bank.

Scioto Grove is a pack in and pack out camping area. What you take in, you must pack out. It is a good way to help you and your family learn the “leave no trace” ideology. We found if you pack in a white kitchen style trash bag and put everything in there, you can easily pack out your trash to a receptacle. Our family likes to leave the sites cleaner than how we found it and hope that you will adopt this too.

Scioto Grove is not your average metro park. It has the backpacker in mind, but also has much to offer for others. It has 620-acre park along the Scioto River with mature forests and scenic bluffs, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. It features more than seven miles of trails, two picnic areas with shelters, tables and grills, a kids play area and several overlook decks. It is a wonderful destination for canoeists, kayakers, anglers and people wanting to see waterfowl and other wildlife.

We had a wonderful evening at our site as a family. The gear was checked out, the fire lit and enjoyed and a quick game of Roll For It played. As with all week-end activity it came to an end all to quickly and we had to get out of the woods and back to “real life” .

We encourage your family to head out to Scioto Grove and check out all it has to offer. If you wonder about how to get your family outfitted up for a trip feel free to ask me. I’d love to share with you the information I have gathered!

Happy Hiking!

The Gleason’s

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Our Backcountry Hiking Preparations Continue

The weather is warming up and the spring flowers are popping their heads up through the ground. Birds are migrating up north and the geese have returned to make a nest by our pond. Everything is waking up from its winter slumber. I am feeling the reality that my family’s first backcountry trip is coming on the horizon. I’ve got to keep moving and preparing!

If you have read any of the previous blog posts, We have slowly accumulated our gear over the winter. We’ve hit REI, specifically their garage sale days, Eddie Bauer Outlet on Friday mornings and online venues to get the best possible gear prices for our trip. We’ve met some great people standing in those cold lines and we have shared our stories with one another. That has been one of the highlights of getting ready. People are amazing and carry a lot of wisdom about their past experiences hiking and their preparations. I am grateful for the conversations we have had and through these interactions we have found out how amazing the hiking and backpacking community is.

After all that shopping we are almost ready for our first overnighter! We have all the expensive big things bought, minus a foot print for one of the tents. Our packs have been tested at Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the Boston Run and Ledges Trails. Amazingly, we have hiked over 200 miles this winter at various Columbus Metro Parks, Ohio State Parks and National Parks. We’ve practiced making food on the trail using our Jetboil and Mountain House food packs. I am grateful we have accomplished a lot over this mild Ohio winter, BUT now winter is over and spring is here…….


So we are packing the backpacks.

I am preparing packing lists for 7 people and two who have T1d. (type 1 diabetes) My adult children who are coming on some of the trips are preparing their own gear but I am sharing what I have learned with them. If you would like to check out my packing list, here is a link to my ever evolving backpack checklist The younger kids all have things they are adding to their packs that they want to have, once I test that decision out I’ll add things to the list that make the cut.

Our practice hikes help Matt and I and the kids make good decisions about what is absolutely necessary for our packs! While we hike we realize that some things are just to heavy to take! That American girl doll and 5 sets of clothes for her, well, that may need to stay home. The WWII shovel, while cool to look at and use, should probably be replaced with something a tad lighter. My copy of, Bonhoffer hard back edition, yeah, that’s not going to make the cut!

I definitely have come to appreciate my Jetboil as we have “practiced”! This stove is amazing and has preformed better than I even imagined it could! When we have done lunches on the trail we have been able to re-hydrate all 7 Mountain House bags in under 30 min. I will admit we are carrying in all our water for these trials and have not had to filter water yet for this process. That will be a whole different story when we add that step.

The picture below is of the MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS in my backpack! COFFEE! Backcountry camp coffee! 🙂 #coffeeaholic #thismomrunsoncoffee


Let me just say, we can prepare all we want and research all we can but until we are really out there in the wilderness, we won’t know for sure how this is all going to really pan out in real time. I think the “unknown” keeps me slightly awake at night as I pack and repack backpacks in my sleep. I can’t explain to you the anticipation we have as the sun keeps warming up the earth and the breezes whispering in our ears beckoning us to come into the wild wilderness!

Happy Hiking!


What We’ve Been Doing:


Life: is that grand thing that keeps flying by me! I’ve been planning and executing our day trips and trying to finish up buying the needed gear for our first trip out! This is a daunting task for me. I am a first time backcountry hiker myself and so I keep checking and re-checking what is absolutely needed for everyone.

Here is a short “catch up” of what we have done in the past few months!

We went to West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in the month of February. We visited lots of National Parks and Monuments and a few State Parks. The trip was about 3 week and was filled with lots of learning!

Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve, FL,

They were AMAZING. The rangers were attentive and helpful teaching us about the habitats and animals near and around the welcome centers. I would highly recommend the trip across Alligator Alley to see this amazing ecosystem. Our hikes here were less than a mile at each stop but they were event filled. Should we ever have more than a day in the area a backcountry trip would be well worth it.

Fort Matanzas National Monument, FL:

This was an ok stop. I was disappointed that the ferry was out of service and the rangers were not as helpful as we had become accustomed too. Abbie finished her ranger badge and we were able to take a 1/2 mile hike. I would not return to this location. **One neat note the meaning of this monument is slaughter** That is what the kids took away from it!! 🙂

South Mountain State Park, NC

This was my absolute favorite stop on our trip. We did the High Shoals Falls hike which we found quite challenging. The stairs kicked our hiney and our backpacks felt super heavy. The falls were amazing and the visitor center was very well done for a state park! We had a picnic after our long hike and the facility there was very welcoming and clean. I had no idea NC had state parks that offered so many backcountry sites and amenities. We are looking forward to going there sometime in the near future! #ncstateparksrock


Zaleski State Forest and Lake Hope State Park, OH:

These are some of Ohio’s finest locations for good hiking. We saw a few people but not a lot. Those are bonuses for us! Zaleski offers some great backcountry hiking trails with water at the sites. Matt and I checked those out and feel this will be a good place to do some “practice” before we head outwest. I was very impressed with our time there.

Hocking Hills State Park, OH,

Who doesn’t love Hocking Hills?!?! We certainly do! I am always falling back in love when we go here. Cedar Falls to Old Man’s Cave hike is about 6.5 miles round trip and we found it to be challenging and beautiful. It was just what we were looking for. We are planning another trip down there tomorrow and I hope to write a more detailed blog post about it after that trip.


We’ve hiked Battelle Darby Metro Park twice and Highbanks Metro Park 2 times and we’ve also went to Blues Creek Preserve for a quick 1.5 mile hike to try out some new packs.

We’ve also hit the REI garage sale on March 18th and the Eddie Bauer Outlet and the packs are almost 90% done. We can’t wait to get out backcountry camping in Ohio as soon as we can. We would go out now if we had the proper equipment to sleep in the more cool-ish weather. Just a few more degrees up and we will be ready.

Happy Hiking!


Family Day Hiking: Picking Out Your Pack


When you start to think about hiking in the wilderness with your kids, does a thought like that make you feel a bit overwhelmed? Do you think that it is not doable? Do you ask yourself, where is the information for me to do be able to do this?

These were all questions I had asked myself as Matt and I worked on preparing for our first day hikes in the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). We had no idea what we were doing when we first began this journey. I would stand in the aisles in REI just looking at all the stuff and the prices and think, “There is no way we can even afford to do this!” The feelings of being overwhelmed and the uncertainty of what we would even need were at times mind-numbing.

Now I’m not the type to give up on something, (some call it stubbornness, I call it persistence) so I pressed on with my preparations for our day hikes in the Rockies. I did have a bit of frustration trying to find things for the kids because there is a short supply of variety and quality outside of places like, REI or even outdoor stores like Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops. My biggest complaint on finding things for kids for anything outdoors is that the choices are limited. For example, on the Osprey website, there are 9 kids style packs for both day and back country hiking. For men and women however there are tons of choices! This is the most difficult issue facing families preparing for these kinds of things.

Not only was the selection for children not the greatest, but the cost of outfitting a family for something like this pretty high. Now I’m a pretty thrifty person and I don’t just run out and buy “whatever we need.” We simply can’t afford to. So I took some time to do a bit of research and to try to choose the best quality at the best price.

We finally decided to buy Osprey day packs from REI. There are a couple of reasons for this. The main reason is, Osprey has an ALL MIGHTY GUARANTEE!

(We, also, chose them for our back country packs but that is a different blog post) For a thrifty person, this kind of guarantee makes purchasing a high end pack worth it. Matt, Hannah (17), Rachel (15), Nate (13), Sam (11) and myself have these packs.

But also, we chose to buy from REI. First of all, they have the best selection around, hands down and the staff their is super helpful. But secondly, their return policy is AWESOME! They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee within 1 year of purchase. Try finding that kind of a return policy anywhere else.

So what did we pick out?

Osprey Daylite Plus Daypack

Osprey Daylite Plus

Matt went with the Osprey Daylite Plus which was right around $65.00. He really likes this one so much that he has used it for business trips as a carry on. It’s got a divided main cargo area, hydration pack slot, and a smaller pocket on the top back with a mesh divider inside. It also has a clip on a tether in which you  can snap your car keys onto so you don’t lose them when you get back from your hike. And it is super comfortable.



I (Brandy) have the Skimmer 30 which is right around $120.00. Why a 30? Because I am the mom and I have EVERYTHING you would ever need for a hike in this thing. Who do you ask if you need something? The mom, that’s who, and thus the bigger day pack. It is always full of this and that and extra water on a day hike. If I was not a mom I would choose something a little smaller, but until the kids are gone or more responsible, I will carry this one! It should be nicknamed, The Osprey Mompack! 🙂

Plume Purple



Osprey Celeste

Rachel and Hannah have Celeste which is about $120.00. These are great for hiking and for commuting to school or to other activities. They are very versatile.


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Osprey Quasar

Nate and Sam have Quasar $100.00 retail. I got the boys packs on clearance at our local Meijer grocery store. I was thrilled to snag them for $44.00 ea!  Originally, I had bought them High Sierra brand packs at Costco for $22.00 and sadly they weren’t even worth that. The packs ripped and the water bladders leaked after the first hike right out of the mouth piece. The Quasar’s have held up beautifully since.


As for Miss Abbie, we actually broke away from Osprey and went with a Camelbak. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it. Why did we buy it? Well, they were sold out of the one we wanted from Osprey and she had to have something. She has T1d (Type I Diabetes…not the same as Type II but that’s another blog post) so we had to have something for water, snacks and diabetes supplies. Hydration is a must for this little one so it should suit her for a couple more years.

I would have chosen this one if I would have had the opportunity. $70.00 retail.


Osprey Hydrajet 15


As for water bladders, I would suggest the 3.0 liter for all ages. You don’t have to fill it up full for the younger kids but as they grow and need more water and you will already have the size they will need. And on longer day hikes this is a must. We’ve had a couple of hikes where they filled up their 2.0 liter bladders and ran out before getting back. And just as a frame of reference, a typical water bottle is about 0.5 liters. So being able to carry a little extra is well worth it.


3.0 liter water bladder


We are an Osprey pack wearing  kinda family, what can I say? These packs are sturdy, reliable and worth the money. We’ve been using them immensely and have been impressed with the overall quality.

I am working on a blog post about what we actually put in a day pack. I’ve had a few people ask me about this and I know that finding information about large family day hiking is somewhat limited. Look for that to come pretty soon. Until next time…

Happy Hiking!


Vertical Adventures, Columbus, Ohio


When you live in the land of flat, and at best, rolling hills, you have to go out and find places to learn more extreme sports. Climbing was one of the sports that was on our bucket list of things for the kids to learn before we head out to the mountains this summer. My friend, Pam, asked me if I wanted to join her family in a class at, Vertical Adventures, and I jumped at the chance.

We arrived at the location (6513 Kingsmill, Columbus, Ohio) and the kids had no idea what to expect. They had climbed at the local YMCA but never at a place where everything is about climbing. I snagged a picture of them on the way in and there was some concern on my son Nate’s face as we walked in. He had not “officially” committed to joining the class, but once he saw all the other kids he said he “would give it a try.”

The instructors, Brad and Nick,  were thorough and informative and took time to explain the basics before starting the kids on the climbing aspects. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and really caught on well. Each of my children were fully engaged and ready to tackle anything the instructors asked them to do.

The facility is amazing and we are excited to be able to go weekly until this class is done. I am sure this will help prepare the kids for our RMNP adventure and our possible climb with Estes Park Mountain Shop. http://www.estesparkmountainshop.com/  I will set that up once I see where the kids go with these classes!

Quotes from the kids,

Abbie, “Why you asking me if I had fun, you KNOW I had fun.”

Nate, “It was decent.”

Sam, “A-ok! I can’t wait to go again.”

I look forward to watching them expand their horizons in this area and hope climbing will become an activity we can enjoy as a family.

If you want more info about Vertical Adventures see the link. It has all the extensive info on there. https://www.verticaladventuresohio.com/

Go out and adventure,



FAQ from there web site: https://www.verticaladventuresohio.com/faq/


It is better than sitting on the couch. Climbing is a movement-based sport, kind of like gymnastics and figure skating. While it doesn’t hurt to be strong or flexible the main thing is being able to master the techniques. The best climbers are not the strongest climbers. The best climbers are the ones who are able to get to the top of the climb. The idea is to try and push yourself up the wall with your legs as much as possible.



The equipment is designed so that someone lighter can hold someone heavier. Our system and equipment is designed to hold someone as much 3-4 times your own weight.



Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver to use the facility. You must be at least 14 years old to hold the rope for someone else. Other than that we don’t have any age or height requirements. The maximum weight the equipment allows is 300 lbs.



Absolutely!!! Climbing is fun for the whole family (kind of like bowling but without all the smoke) the adults will hold the rope for each other and the kids. A parent or older (at least 14 yrs old) sibling can hold the rope if you take climbing 101.



The record is 4 seconds. Most people take a couple of hours. The intro class takes about 90 minutes. That’s where we show you how to hold the rope for someone else. You will do a little climbing during that time. Most people will stay for a couple of hours the first time.



Yes, you can test out. You must demonstrate all aspects of safe climbing. Putting on your harness properly, tying in, communication & safe belay technique.



In some ways indoor climbing is exactly like climbing outside. The equipment is the same. The way you hold the rope is the same. The way you attach the rope to your harness is the same. The way you move up the climb is very similar. In other ways climbing outside is not like climbing inside. We don’t have to worry about bugs, snakes and weather indoors. Climbing outside is considerably more dangerous than climbing inside.