Justin McHeffey climbs up a route at Thrillseekers. (credit: CBS)
DENVER (CBS4) – Rock climbing may seem daunting to some, but most climbers insist it’s a sport that is enjoyable at all skill levels, and easy to get into.
There are many different ways to enjoy the sport, and one of those where you can enjoy it even on the coldest, snowiest days is in a climbing gym.
Denver and Boulder are full of them, and on Wednesday on the CBS4 Morning News Justin McHeffey checked one out.
Thrillseekers at 1912 South Broadway features 12,000 square feet of climb-able space, including expert-level bouldering. The routes run from 19 to 26 feet in height.
McHeffey made two on air attempts to climb up a beginner route during the Morning News broadcasts.
“It will be very emasculating if I can’t make it to the top,” McHeffey said before getting on belay during the 5 a.m. hour.
During the 6 a.m. hour he spoke with Kaley Meagher, an employee at the gym, and learned that there’s a definite distinction in the way men and women approach the sport.
“It’s very common for men to want to kind of pull themselves up as opposed to pushing themselves. Women will naturally do that because we know our legs our stronger,” Meagher said.
Justin McHeffey watches Meagher climb up a route at Thrillseekers. (credit: CBS)