Cool Climbing Haven

Desert Rocks helps climbers train even during Palm Springs' summers. Photo: Steve Schectman.Desert Rocks helps climbers train even during Palm Springs' summers. Photo: Steve Schectman.

By Julie Pendray

The rush can be addictive: The adrenaline of uncertainty. The triumph of success. Will you reach the next handhold? Can you make it to the top?

It’s a long way down. The sun is blazing. Your hands are sweating. The fear, excitement, and total-body workout challenge every bit of trust in yourself, your gear, and your partner. Scaling to success or rappelling down safely sheds self-doubt and makes you feel like you can take on the world.

The desert heat makes it difficult to climb year-round, but that’s why Steve and Kristen Schechtman of Riverside opened Desert Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym in North Palm Springs two years ago.

To read my full story in Palm Springs Life magazine’s web site, click here. 

Excerpt published by permission.

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