Believe it or not, there's actually a small wall at this amazing fishing
shop...although it didn't seem like there was any climbing gear for sale. Kayaks, boats, ice fishing gear, bicycles, kids' clothing, hiking boots, a couple shooting lanes to test out recurve/long/compound bows, a $0.50 for 25 shot laser rifle shooting gallery, low-tech camping gear, tons of stuffed mammals, tons of mounted fish (even 2lbs+ crappies in the Men's Room) & live fish including bass, pike, rainbows, brown trout, golden trout, stripers, walleyes, blue cat, gar, and even sturgeon! Wouldn't you like to hook into that catfish?
Money from the wishing well goes to Alpine Rescue Team.
Oddly, there is a demo "wall" for decoration with an autobelayer, hanging anchors, and even a manequin who is in a Misty Mountain Harness & La Sportiva Katanas...but appears to be tied in with something not-quite-like a figure 8. What knot is that?
The wall is completely littered with buckets on the main line, but there is a "natural line" which may go between 5.9 and 5.11 (best guess). It is only open 11-9 F, 10-8 S, 11-6 Su...as I recall. They require closed toe shoes. They have a Gri-gri hanging on the rope. The wall appears near 30-35'. No charge per Ryan
(thanks for the info!).
Might be worth throwing in the shoes for a quick TR if you just happen to be in the store on a Fri, Sat, or Sun. Please post the natural line rating here if you do....
Also, a pricey seafood restaurant, Islamorado Fish Company, (with a big salt water tank & fish) adjacent to the store and an interesting looking restaurant called Wahoo's (Ono) just NW of the store.
Near I-270 & I-70. Get off the Quebec exit, curve around N to the shopping center on the north side of I-270.
Note, on the way out to get onto Quebec, there is a funky intersection going out the same way where there is this left turn lane with a left turn signal, a no U turn sign, and no road going to the left on which to turn :-O
As of 1/3/8, there is a good deal going on $10 kids' fleece jackets (4 colors - blue, black, purple, pink) in small sizes mostly. Also, a $4.88 1/3/9 bulb Halogen headlamp to throw in the backpack that uses 3 AAA.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
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Jan 10, 2008
Funny stuff here, Leo. I actually worked there for a few months. Fun place to work; great visual presentation and generally good customer service but the management has many flaws and could care less about their employees.
The wall however, isn't bad. FREE to climb, only closes an hour before BPS does or when someone is too lazy to come down and work it. Huge jugs that any fat, in-bred redneck child can make it up but the natural rock is very high quality. Going open feet with street shoes on the jugs and hands on naturals, I'd say the natural line goes at 5.9, they never let us play around enough to go all natural. Be wary of your belayer on the Gri-Gri. Leave it to the BPS staff to trick a fool-proof device!
Also, there is some over-priced, poorly selected climbing gear for sale-save your money for a real climbing shop. Brands they carry are Metolius, Petzl, La Sportiva, Omega Pacific and Trango. The climbing gear is on the shelves more for presentation, like the stuffed animals, than for sale. When I was leaving, they were in the process of abandoning Sierra Designs, MSR and Big Agnes for sleeping bags and tents in favor of Wal-Mart quality brands. Maybe some nice stuff left at clearance prices.
Islamorado Fish Company is just like Leo said, pricey. But the saltwater tank holds some cool fish and there are occasionally cute girls working the bar.
Be sure and shout out to all the Bass Pro Ho's and if you see Travis, tell him to go f^&* himself!