Trained professional guides oversee each of Rappel AZ's rappelling and ziplining sessions. Upon arriving at the outfit's private Sonoran Desert location, groups get into the adventuring spirit by embarking with guides on a brief hike to a playground of rock and rope. Among the attractions, a zipline glides 400 feet through the valley at 40 feet off the ground, offering spectacular views of the desert. A variety of other rappelling and climbing packages provide plenty of opportunities for elevation changes, whether it's rappelling 70 feet off a mountainside or attempting a 100-foot chimney climb faster than Santa Claus. As they enjoy the breathtaking views, guests stay safe in provided harnesses for safe dangling and helmets for pumping up other rappellers with head butts.
Over the course of a decorated golf career that stretches back to 1975, Jim McLean has demonstrated a remarkable ability for self-expansion. After a playing career highlighted by two U.S. Open Championship qualifications, he went on to design acclaimed golf courses and even developed trademarked instructional apparatuses that help players develop correct swing mechanics. However, perhaps his greatest accomplishment is founding his eponymous golf school at SunRidge Canyon Golf Course.
The school has become a proving ground for his tried-and-true instructional philosophies, enabling him to help thousands of golfers improve their game and even landing him gigs as the Editor of Instruction at two of the foremost golf media outlets: Golf Digest and The Golf Channel. Lessons–conducted by Jim and his skilled lieutenants–help players hone swing components such as setup, grip, and posture, while taking into account the physical attributes of each student. The game is then broken down into four parts: the long game, the short game, the course management game, and the mental/emotional game. Taken together, the approach can help players master every obstacle to on-course success, from difficulties with putting to consoling a bawling playing partner.
From the highest point of Adventures Out West's Colorado Springs hiking trips, hikers have a view of not just one mountain range, but three. The guides of Adventures Out West?currently celebrating its 40th year of tours?have created many such scenic jaunts through Colorado and Arizona that deposit participants directly into the most beautiful parts of the local geography. Whether soaring over snowcapped mountains from the basket of a hot-air balloon or ziplining over lush forested cliffs, patrons get a chance to interact firsthand with all of nature's local sights, sounds, and whoopee-cushion gags.
Shihan Tim VanDenover holds an eighth-degree black belt and six Hall of Fame awards. At Rising Sun Karate, the decorated martial-arts master uses his expertise to train students of all ages in myriad styles. The primary focus is karate, which involves standing techniques such as punching and kicking. Shihan VanDenover also teaches classes that involve weapons, such as swords and the bo staff, and practical self-defense styles such as grappling.
Designed by Pete Dye, the golf course at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club boasts 6,653 yards of fairway portioned into 18 picturesque holes. Twosomes can rev up golf carts and dart down paths on a competitive quest to out-thwack opponents on the course and out-swim them in the water hazards. Scenic views of the valley and mountains surround the open landscape, which is accented with Scottish mounding and hazards such as the 11th hole's watery expanse and the 4th hole's sand bunkers.
Arabian and Saddlebred show horses are the stars at the Pirate Performance ranch, where trainers specialize in showing styles ranging from halter to driving. A sandy, outdoor arena––including a round pen and plenty of turnouts––sets the stage for lessons in Western, English, sidesaddle, and Dudley Do-Right riding styles, and all training is tailored to ensure a healthy riding relationship between driver and steed.