- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 3, 2004

WHEN YOU GO:

LOCATIONS:

• SPORTROCK HAS THREE FACILITIES: ALEXANDRIA, 5308 EISENHOWER AVE.; ROCKVILLE, 14708 SOUTHLAWN LANE; AND STERLING, VA., 45935 MARIES ROAD. FOR INFORMATION, CALL 703/212-7625 OR VISIT WWW.SPORTROCK.COM. WALK-UP PASSES ARE $18 FOR ADULTS AND $7 FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND YOUNGER.

• EARTH TREKS CLIMBING CENTER HAS TWO FACILITIES: COLUMBIA, MD., 7125-C COLUMBIA GATEWAY DRIVE, 410/872-0060; AND TIMONIUM, MD., 1930 GREENSPRING DRIVE, 410/560-5665. FOR INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.EARTHTREKSCLIMBING.COM. THIS ROCK-CLIMBING GYM, LIKE SPORTROCK, OFFERS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS, DAY PASSES AND CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS OF CLIMBERS, WITH SPECIAL CLASSES FOR CHILDREN. DAY PASSES ARE $16 PER PERSON.

• GALYAN’S, 2 GRAND CORNER AVE., GAITHERSBURG, IS A SPORT AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE STORE THAT OFFERS CUSTOMERS THE CHANCE TO TRY THEIR HANDS AND FEET ON A CLIMBING WALL. PARENTS MUST SIGN A WAIVER FOR CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 301/947-0200 OR VISIT WWW.GALYANS.COM. CLIMBS COST $2 PER PERSON FOR AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF CLIMBS.

• YMCA NATIONAL CAPITAL, 1711 RHODE ISLAND AVE. NW. THIS YMCA BRANCH HAS A CLIMBING WALL FOR ITS MEMBERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202/862-9622 OR VISIT WWW.NATIONALCAPITALYMCA.ORG. CLIMBS ARE FREE WITH A YMCA MEMBERSHIP.

• RESULTS THE GYM, 315 G ST. SE, HAS A 38-FOOT WALL THAT OFFERS MORE THAN 1,200 SQUARE FEET OF CLIMBING SPACE. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202/234-5678 OR VISIT WWW.RESULTSTHEGYM.COM. CLIMBS ARE FREE WITH GYM MEMBERSHIP.

NOTE: All locations have equipment for rent. The climbing gyms — Sportrock and Earth Treks — offer a full gear package, including shoes and harness, for $9 per person. The rock-climbing gyms also arrange birthday parties for children.

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