Good for beginners and experts, Hanger 18, established in 1997, offers more than 10,000 square feet of space with routes varying by degree. The gym was recently renovated and features a boulder wall for free climbing, rock walls and a party deck. Routes can range up to 70 feet. The gym offers belay classes for beginners so even the most novice of climbers can get on the wall quickly and safely. Most people who venture to the walls are regulars; employees and patrons mingle and are often friends. Music blasts throughout the gym to promote an upbeat pace for what is a quality workout for amateurs and veterans.
Hanger 18 is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The ideal package for first-timers to Hanger 18 is the Adult Intro. For $30 patrons get harness and shoe rental, a day pass, and a short 15-minute class on safety and climbing. Kids Intro package runs $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. Basic prices are $15 for an adult day pass and $10 for children. Shoe rental is $3 and $2 for harness. Private lessons run $40 an hour, which includes a day pass and gear, and the Climbing 101 package is $220 and includes four two-hour lessons and a one-month membership. Membership packages range from $47 to $900.