There are many interesting stories behind relationships. So why, then, on a day dedicated to love, should celebrations be confined to a heart-shaped box?
As odd a way as it might seem to celebrate Valentine’s Day, climbing is actually a great way to forge — and strengthen — relationships, Boston Rock Gym owner Chris O’Connell said.
To do it right takes cooperation, communication, and — most importantly — trust, all cornerstones of any good union.
Pictured: Meghan Hamilton of Tewksbury climbs a rock wall with her boyfriend Shane Welsh of Burlington at the Boston Rock Gym in Woburn. Next
And a bonus for the first-time daters? Doing something adventurous is said to make you feel more attractive, and also gets the adrenaline pumping. Next
This year, check out this not-so-conventional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special (or hope-to-be-special) someone.
The Boston Rock Gym is offering two-for-one passes and introductory classes through the weekend.
Pictured: Kelly O'Toole of Reading, Mass. climbs a rock wall at the Boston Rock Gym. Next
“Climbing’s really natural, as long as you can access some of the inner kid,” said gym owner Chris O’Connell, describing it as both a physical and mental challenge, a problem-solving puzzle, and a centering, in-the-moment, and meditative activity. Next
If you’re an experienced climber, great, go off and explore with your sweetheart. Otherwise, take part in the three-hour classes, which cover the basics of climbing, from vocabulary to knot-tying to safety essentials.
Pictured: Instructor Michael Hall teaches Nora Pyenson of Cambridge and her boyfriend Nick Forster of California how to tie knots at the Boston Rock Gym. Back to the beginning
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