In any relationship -- whether it's a budding romance or 20-year marriage -- excitement keeps things fresh.

Doing something adventurous or trying something new gives couples a chance to build an interest together, or it at least gives you something to experience and talk about.

And when you're testing out the waters with a new fling, it shows your potential partner that you're game and open to spicing things up.

Not that kind of spice.

Try an adventure date.

For example, if you've never gone rock climbing together, head to the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg. The indoor rock-climbing gym features bouldering areas -- no rope -- and top-rope climbs up to 40-feet-high.

For $35 apiece, you'll get a lesson and equipment, which includes shoes, a harness and a carabiner.

Lisa Weinstock of Harrisburg chalks up before bouldering at Climbnasium Inc. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Cumberland County.
Lisa Weinstock of Harrisburg chalks up before bouldering at Climbnasium Inc. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Cumberland County. (FLIPSIDE -- CHRIS DUNN)
Once you prove you know what you're doing, the instructors will leave you to start climbing. The pass is good all day, so you can take a break and grab some lunch or a snack, then come back. The gym also offers monthly memberships and day passes for non-beginners.

Travis Gault, manager of the Climbnasium, said a lot of couples come to climb together. He said climbing is a great way to build trust and communication in a relationship.

In top-rope climbing, the rope is suspended through an anchor. Both people wear harnesses, the climber ties the rope into his harness, and the belayer controls the rope -- by reducing slack and as the climber ascends -- from the bottom. Once the climber reaches the top or feels ready to come down, he must communicate with the belayer so she starts releasing the rope.

"For some people, getting up and letting go to come down is a huge deal," Gault said, adding that the climber must trust the belayer has him.

He said people of all fitness levels can try rock climbing, and that it's a great workout for the whole body.

"I've seen a fair amount of people's bodies go through serious transformations," Gault said.

He said people with a range of interests attend the gym -- some who climb competitively and others who want to try something new.

If heights aren't your thing, tailor your adventure date to your liking. New experiences are a great way to learn something about yourself and your partner.

And when you make it to the top of that 40-foot wall, no doubt you'll feel a rush.
-- LEIGH ZALESKI,
FlipSide staff

Keep it going

Get cooking

After all that climbing, you're probably starving. Head to the nearby Wegmans and pick up supplies to make dinner together. Look up a new recipe in advance or wing it.
 
THE SPOT: Wegmans
WHAT IS IT: Every foodie's dream grocery store
WHERE: 6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
HOURS: Open 24 hours
INSIDER TIP: The store has a huge selection, which includes a lot of ingredients you can't get at most grocery stores.

Lisa Weinstock of Harrisburg, left, and Cory Cross of Middletown, right, climb up bouldering walls in Climbnasium Inc.
Lisa Weinstock of Harrisburg, left, and Cory Cross of Middletown, right, climb up bouldering walls in Climbnasium Inc. (FLIPSIDE -- CHRIS DUNN)

Have dessert first
THE SPOT: Sweet Frog
WHAT IS IT: Self-serve fro-yo
WHERE: 6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday
INSIDER TIP: If you really want to go crazy, choose one of those weird flavors, such as Maple Bacon Donut.

If you go
THE SPOT: Climbnasium
WHERE: 339 N. Locust Point Road, Mechanicsburg
HOURS: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
COST: $35 for a lesson, equipment rental and day pass; $14 for a day pass; $45 for monthly membership

DETAILS: Call 717-795-9580 or visit www.climbnasium.net/