TIE: Maryland Farms YMCA/The Crag

The Crag

The Crag is a small but mighty climbing gym tucked between some inconspicuous office buildings near Cool Springs. It’s the perfect spot to get in some bouldering — scaling small walls without a rope — on a lunch break or, if you’re a Home Page reporter, on the way home from a city council meeting. The walls aren’t enormous, but the gym is rarely crowded. Unlike a regular gym, you won’t find perfectly manicured gym rats checking themselves out in the mirror. Instead, you’ll probably find a new friend who can help you figure out how to finish a tricky route. If you’re running yourself to death on a treadmill please do yourself a favor and get some climbing shoes instead. The Crag is a great place to start. MATT BLOIS

Click here to read about Maryland Farms YMCA.