John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 15 years scaling rocks, the AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor??who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip??now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested.
Endorsed by Orvis as a fly-fishing outfitter, Angler's Covey boasts more than 5,000 square feet of products to equip piscators and fisherpeople with the tools needed to reel in river-dwellers. Step into the lodge-looking shop and navigate racks of rods and reels resting atop a floor painted to resemble a winding stream. Angler's Covey carries more than 80 different fly-rod models ($59.99+) from some of the industry's top pole producers—try your new rod or fulfill A River Runs Through It–fueled fantasies in the shop's casting ponds, located just outside of the store. The shop also stocks an impressive collection of flies and ties, along with nets, lines, and other fly-fishing goods.
The Secret Garden runs from May 26 through September 6, and Aesop fables from September 22 through November 7. Shows are performed Fridays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. There's no show on the 4th of July, but there will be special Monday matinees of The Secret Garden on May 31 and September 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Today, Challenge Unlimited captains biking and hiking tours all over the globe, from the vineyards of Tuscany to the Incan towns of Peru. More than two decades ago, however, the business was simply known in Colorado for its signature Pikes Peak by Bike tour. During this 20-mile excursion, guides and up to 35 followers descend 20 miles from a summit of 14,110 feet, infiltrating five zones with distinct climates, plant life, animals, and altitude-based baking methods. Riders often encounter eagles, deer, elk, and even the occasional mountain lion or black bear along the way. Guides can also escort Colorado's athletes across the Gold Camp Road—a 17-mile railroad bed once rattling with railcars filled with gold—and through breathtaking Aspen groves. Pit stops are made over the course of three nights and four days at the Victorian Hotel and a nearby dude ranch. Beyond domestic borders, international trips explore Nepal's Annapurna Foothill on foot and the bustling pubs and haunts of Ireland by bike or skateboards strapped to sprinting leprechauns.
The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.
Christian Gonzales has held some of the most stressful jobs on the planet. He worked aboard a commercial fishing vessel, snagging meat from the sea during 22-hour days of ceaseless labor. He saved lives as an emergency medical technician, lifting, transporting, and treating patients en route to the hospital. He brought that same mental discipline to his highly physical training as a United States Marine sergeant, helping younger recruits get into fighting shape. Now, he shares his lifetime of hard work and fitness with students through Trainers INC.
Christian takes an inside out approach to training, counseling his students that they must want to change their bodies before their bodies will begin to change. Once exercisers buy in, he throws them headlong into the fitness regimens that have served him throughout his life in personal training sessions, small group classes, and boot camps. He supplements the workouts with grocery education and nutritional counseling to save clients from overloading on calories or eating depressed carrots.