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Sender One Now Open at LAX – Climbing for the Whole Family

Charlie splayed climbing a hard one Sender One

Sender One climbing gym has opened its doors in Los Angeles after a successful launch in Orange County and I’m telling you – you have to go. It’s intimidating just how tall the walls are, but don’t let that stop you – it’s exhilarating and a total workout.

Plus it’s something you can do with your kids.

sender one climbing gym los angelesMy teenage son and I got a sneak peek and tried out the bouldering and some of the tall walls and it was so much fun we can’t wait to go back.

The facility will also have a weight room, yoga studio, and for the little kids there’s Sender City. Which actually seems like a ton of fun, but I don’t know if they’d let me have a turn…

Sender One Main climbing wall

If the idea of climbing up high and having to sign a waiver to try something out frightens you, join my club. I’m not particularly physically adventurous most of the time, but every once in a while I feel the need to really use my body to its fullest capabilities, and Sender One is a great place to do that.

Charlie splayed climbing a hard one Sender One

What’s great about climbing is that you have to stretch your arms – and your limits – as you move up the wall. I felt like I had worked muscles that had been dormant from all the sitting and typing I do, so that was very cool.

And even though the wall is high, you’re held by a rope and a harness, so falling isn’t an option. And my fear of heights didn’t kick in because I wasn’t looking down. No problem!

climber up high at sender One

Of course, I wouldn’t be able to do what this guy was doing, hanging upside down like this 50-feet in the air. So impressive – and so terrifying. And clearly he’s a very experienced climber and not a newbie like me. Plus there are multiple staff members on duty to make sure you’re safe and to help you get started if you are a newbie (like me).

I’m heading into 2017 with renewed fitness goals and Sender One will be a part of my action plan. I highly recommend giving it a try yourself.

my son and I after our climbs Sender One

my son and I after our climb at Sender One

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of, your source for Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids. She was given access to Sender One as part of a media preview day for this review.



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