I’ve mentioned my climbing gym before (more than once). I just love it so, so much. I love going, I love playing, I love climbing, I love how exhausting it is, and how quickly it becomes exhausting.
I love going at lunch, after work, and on the weekends. I love the vibe (it’s friendly, not douchey), I love watching other people climb. It’s inspiring.
So, to put my money where my mouth is, I went and signed up for a year.
Twelve months at the climbing gym costs $399.
Sure, it’s a lot of money up front. But I had two things going for me. One, that’s the entire cost of fitness, for the entire year. Unless my boss succeeds in convincing me to join his triathlon team.
So, to keep me motivated, I started a Google document. It’s called “year-long climbing membership” and the idea is simple: every time I climb, I type the date, and the spreadsheet calculates my cost per climb. As of today, I’m at $99.75 per climb. Which, let’s say, is rather expensive.
But it’s exciting to see that price go down every time I go!
Also, annual members get more benefits. Things like yoga on Wednesdays, two free passes for guests each month, and discounts on drinks and snacks (although, really, Yoohoo?) These things add up to serious savings!
At the end of my year, I’ll be able to definitively answer whether it’s worthwhile. For comparison, it’s $12 per drop-in, so if I can get it under $12, I’ve done a good job versus the daily rate.
The real cost comparison will come to the monthly fee, which is $59.
59×12=$708 so on the surface it’s cheaper, but it’s only cheaper if I actually use the membership for all 12 months. Actually, the break-even point is likely more like six months. But still. I am going to hopefully get the per-climb cost down to under $5.