When her laser makes a successful hit, the speakers in her vest fire with computer-voiced congratulations, while at the other end, her opponent's vest vibrates to ensure he knows he was tagged. Those are just two of the engrossing features of Jaegerz Laser Tag?s Lasertron equipment that help players get into the game. Opponents open fire on one another with a single pop or even a rapid burst of laser fire as they take cover behind black-lit obstacles. Players can find plenty of places to duck and run in the 6,000 square foot arena?s fog-filled room while strobe lights work to disorient players. Guests can also arrange to have birthday parties and private events held at the facility for corporate groups, scout groups, and large birthday parties.
Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.
Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.
Ridge Runner Sports trains its staff of harriers in assessing fellow runners' needs, ensuring precise pairings of quality running shoes, apparel, and accessories. Based on an analysis of their foot structure, gait, and ability to play recorder with their toes, customers slip into shoes designed for normal, flat, or high arches. Pairs of Mizuno Inspire ($99) and Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove ($124) shoes stabilize and cushion feet and maintain a dashing, only mildly intimidating look. A variety of inserts slide into any shoe, enhancing arch support for aggrieved tootsies. Boasting brands such as Feetures technical running socks ($24.95), Ridge Runner Sports stocks its sock wall with a cornucopia of styles that keep feet dry, compressed, and free of blisters. FuelBelt two-bottle hydration belts ($42.95) strap duos of canteens to sprinter hips, and purified aqua accompanies joggers with CamelBak Groove portable filtration systems ($24.95).
Cyclextreme’s team introduces Columbia-area clients to a robust cycling culture through a full-service bike shop and rental service. With their own helmets in hand, customers will arrive to pick out a manual two-wheeler for an extended jaunt around the city or into the surrounding fields, frequently criss-crossed by wild pelotons. Riders may take up one of Cyclextreme’s suggested street loops, which vary in length from 20.5 miles to 40 miles and roam over a mixed topographical bag of hills and flat stretches. If trail riding more suits the cyclist’s taste, softer riding pathways stretch out from urban areas to support the circulatory exchange of humans between the city organ and surrounding rural tissues. The popular Katy Trail spears through most of Missouri, sweeping Columbia’s bike pilots along part of Lewis and Clark’s original route to fame, adventure, and the ability to properly tickle a bison. Saff members also kindly asks riders to return rented machines in the same condition in which they received them.
In the 11 years since teaching their first students the art of diving, TD Scuba’s crew of instructors certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors have certified and imparted their passion for scuba upon more than 2,000 divers of all ages. The team leads courses, from Discover Scuba classes for beginners to advanced sessions such as an underwater digital-photography course centered around capturing a sea cucumber's good side on film. Along with onsite instruction, the staff helps divers acquire real-life experience via numerous dive trips scheduled throughout the year to local hotspots such as Beaver Lake as well as excursions to far-flung locales such as Cozumel. They further prepare their patrons for underwater excursions with a host of equipment and gear available for rent or purchase.
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