Category Archives: Community

Member Spotlight: Cindy

How long have you been climbing? I’ve been rock climbing for almost 2 years, but I didn’t start until I was 45! How did you get into climbing? I started climbing on rails while taking adult parkour classes. Unfortunately, parkour exacerbated an old injury, and I ended up needing my right knee replaced. A friend […]

Member Spotlight: James Martin

I started climbing when I was in Boy Scouts but didn’t climb again until Vertical Rock opened 4 years ago. I use climbing as a social group, attending as a member of the MeetUp Community. I thought it would be fun group activity and also a good way to exercise that isn’t the typical ‘gym’ […]

Member Spotlight: Joe

Name: Joe Hammerbacher How long have you been climbing? It’ll be 5 years on 2016-04-16 How did you get into climbing? A co-worker introduced me to it. My first experience was top-roping at Great Falls. I climbed exactly 1.5 5.8’s before I couldn’t even make a fist any more. I was instantly hooked. What do […]

Member Spotlight: #TeamLanders

Name: Chris (38), Christopher (9) and Lydia (8) How long have you been climbing? We started climbing as a family about one year ago. How did you get into climbing? I was looking for something that I could do with the kids that would get us out of the house (and eventually outside on rock) […]

Member Spotlight: Stan

Stanley LaFrance has been climbing with Vertical Rock since September 2011. “I started climbing in September of 2011. What got me into climbing was a hiking trip to Old Rag Mountain with my then 9 year old son Alan. I immediately fell in love while traversing the rock scramble. I wanted to experience more of […]

Ouray Ice Trip Part II

Day Three Our third day in Ouray (pronounced “you’re-ay,” not “ooh-ray” according to the locals) saw us get a comfortably late start. One of the advantages to the town being a whopping 5 minute drive away from the ice park is not feeling rushed in the morning; this allows for a stress-free gear-up and a […]

Ouray Ice Trip Part I

What follows is a detailed recap of our icy adventures in Colorado at the world-famous Ouray Ice Park! Who says you have to climb indoors in the winter!?   Day 1   Having arrived in town late the night before, all we’d seen of Ouray, Colorado was the small, one-main-road town nestled in the massive looming […]

Come Do Yoga With Bridget This Thursday!

We are very excited to announce that we have a guest Yoga Instructor, Bridget Lusky, for this Thursday 12/1/2014 from 6pm-7pm! Yoga is always Free for members, Non members is just a day pass… A northern Virginia native, Bridget discovered yoga 12 years ago and has been passionate about her practice ever since. In pursuit […]