Everett Gee used to conduct complicated legal maneuvers in Virginian court rooms. Then, he discovered his wild side: zipping through the canopies of the Eastern United States' deciduous forests. He became friends with the owner of his favorite canopy tour provider, and started to learn the business. Then, he heard that the state of Virginia was looking for new entertainments with which to populate the Shenandoah Valley. Combining his knowledge of local law and the sport of zip-lining, Everett pitched State Park officials the idea of Virginia Canopy Tours, and started his business.
He now shares the birds'-eye vision of forest escapes on canopy tours. The tree-top tour he constructed takes approximately two and a half hours to navigate, incorporating eight different zip lines, a sky bridge, air stairs, and rappelling experience. In the midst of the adventure, tourists enjoy two nature walks, one midway between the highest zipline and fastest zipline, before returning to the heart-pounding action of flying up to 90 feet above the forest floor, a joy normally reserved for birds and people with really strong wings. The second nature walk is after the final zipline and includes rappelling.
Vertical Rock’s expansive, air-conditioned facility welcomes climbers ranging from novices to experts with routes suited to every level of ability. The climbing wall towers to more than 50 feet, crisscrossed by numerous lead-only and top-rope routes with difficulty grades falling between 5.5 and 5.13. A mighty arch of more than 125 feet spans the space, littered with treacherous horizontal hangs to entice advanced climbers as well as those who have been banned from the St. Louis Arch. First-timers can start out with open climbs, which include an expert’s assistance with putting on the harness, tying the safety knot, and belaying for three separate climbs. From there, committed climbers advance through the outfit’s lineup of expert-led classes, starting with basic safety skills and techniques in the Learning the Ropes intro course and running all the way up to advanced classes on crack climbing, functional movements, and escaping from prison.
Racers fleeing from zombies during the G.I. Dash UNDEAD 5K typically run with smiles on their faces instead of looks of horror. That's because the zombies aren't going to hurt them; they're encouraging them to complete the course for charity. Modeled after the G.I. Dash, the UNDEAD 5K puts a horror-movie spin on the classic 5K, forcing racers to worm their way under barbed wire and over walls. Once their mission is complete, racers receive a set of souvenir dog tags as a reminder of their accomplishment. Funds raised from the gruesome event go to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a charity that provides financial aid and quality of life solutions to marines, sailors, and their families.
Already an award-winning photographer, Cindi Hobgood also spent 25 years scouting locations for Hollywood studios and TV programs. Her locations were showcased on The Amazing Race, used by Disney, HBO, and Columbia Pictures, and shot by Spike Lee and Sam Shepard. As a location scout, Hobgood recorded her finds with a camera, carefully composing each shot in order to convey each scene’s mood, landscape, and lighting.
Today, she teaches others how to hone a similarly discerning eye during instructive photo expeditions. Magic Hour walking tour send participants snapping shots of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Potomac just as the sun comes up. Memorials by Moonlight takes walkers on a nocturnal jaunt past sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, and Intro to iPhoneography helps pupils get the most out of their iPhone cameras. There are even a few out-of-town trips for adventurous shutterbugs.
Through Things To Do, young professionals always have events to attend and someone to meet up with there?175,000 someones, in fact. A massive membership means the network is able to organize events like formal affairs, single-mingles, and outdoor adventures. Whether participants are taking in the sights of the Smithsonian, trying desserts from all over the world, or just trying to meet other people with the same number of ears as them, members have an easy way to explore new adventures with new people.