Bro, do you even climb?
Rock climbing is an inherently sexy sport. Why else would a big budget summer action film like Mission Impossible 2 start with a scene of a muscular, chiseled Tom Cruise bouldering his way up an Australian cliff face?
It doesn’t need to be said that rock climbing is also a hobby fraught with danger. If you’d like to see an example of the great outdoors punishing an intrepid exerciser (don’t) watch the big budget summer action film 127 Hours.
So, let’s recap.
Problem: You’d like to practice your climbing skills, but don’t want to be forced to cut your arm off after it gets trapped under a boulder.
Solution: Thumbs Up! Note the “s”. As far as we know, no one has lost any limbs or digits bouldering on any of Thumbs Up’s indoor climbing walls. Thumbs up for safety!
And there are a lot of walls! Heading downstairs and into Thumbs Up’s climbing complex, I was taken aback.
The place is huge, with essentially every wall covered in a mosaic of colorful hand holds. Why so colorful? In order to cater to different skill levels, each color signifies a different route to the metaphorical summit of Mt. Everest.
Thumbs Up is also incredibly well lit and ventilated; a huge plus in a place where a lot of people get sweaty and make constant use of powdered chalk, which makes it an excellent environment for some bouldering.
Bouldering! Climbing without a harness, is something that anyone can do. The helpful and friendly staff at Thumbs Up will be more than happy to show you the ropes (ha ha) even if you’re a beginner.
They also have shoes available for rent up to 30cm (around a 12); you’re more than welcome to bring your own. After getting all sweaty and chalky scaling walls all day, they also have a shower available.
To be honest, I expected something as fun as climbing up walls while pretending to be a famous mountaineer like Edmund Hillary or Walter Bonatti to be an expensive endeavor, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t at all; a whole day climbing on a weekend (from 1-10pm) at Thumbs Up will set you back the impressively low sum of ¥2,000, or ¥1,600 for a half day on weekdays (10am-6pm or 6pm-10pm). The first time you visit, you’ll also need to pay a ¥1,000 registration fee.
So really, what excuse do you have to not go and climb? The worst thing that could happen is that you will enjoy yourself while having a fun time, maybe even with a few friends.
Thumbs Up is located a short walk from Kamimaezu Station (Mejio / Tsurumai Lines). Walk straight from Exit #4 until you get to the OMC Building on your right. Thumbs Up is downstairs!
Tel: (052) 332-2233