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Destination Backcountry Adventures? licensed guides help civilians explore the wilderness, providing remedies to nature deficit disorder with beginner-appropriate expeditions into the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain preserves. The guides lead adventurers through landscapes and waterfalls legally protected for more than a century, and along the way, they enlighten hikers with facts about the area?s natural history and ecology, and in some cases, the opportunity to pick wild berries. Tours are dog-friendly. All levels of nature enthusiasts from novice to expert, can challenge themselves with activity options such as hiking, backpacking, back country yoga, and many more activities for both single- and multi-day adventures in the authentic, challenging wilderness. Visitors can opt for single-day excursions, on which they summit a Catskills peak, or multi-night trips, during which they trek to higher peaks and spend the nights sleeping amid a tranquil forest. On all outings, hikers nosh on gourmet fare such as cheese and sausage plates and upscale trail mix, rather than the original trail mix, assorted gravel. The center also hosts in-store classes, workshops, and more to provide its future adventurers with all the tools necessary for an exciting expedition.

557 6th Ave #3R
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Climbers of all ages and skill levels scamper across roughly 22,000 square feet of climbable space inside Brooklyn Boulders's rock-climbing gym. A dedicated route-setting staff organizes color-coded problems on craggy, angled top-rope walls as well as bouldering walls that reach up to 15 feet. To help visitors master these walls, seasoned instructors train them in three basic types of climbing: bouldering, top-rope climbing, or lead climbing. They teach these skills through classes such as the peak-performance program, which combines seven classes in lead climbing, bouldering, and cross-training to accelerate students' learning. To ease stressed muscles and promote calm reflection, staffers also lead all-ages yoga lessons and monthly yoga workshops.

Brooklyn Boulders also injects creativity into its special events, which encourage visitors to climb in costume around Halloween and take part in competitions during which they pretend the floor has turned to lava. Staffers also invite local graffiti artists to display their murals inside, work to preserve regional climbing areas by partnering with Access Fund, and coordinate programs through its BKB Foundation?a nonprofit that provides greater access to rock climbing for kids and adults.

575 Degraw St
New York,
NY
US

EscapeMaker.com facilitates transit-friendly and sustainable excursions within 500 miles of New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, or DC with their online guide to the northeast United States. The staff reviews towns and plunges deep into popular regions to unearth the most compelling and budget-balancing activities around as well as intriguing sights. An EscapeMaker feature aids trip planning by custom aggregating each step of the trip into one handy document, ensuring that sojourners always have helpful info on hand, such as phone numbers, directions, and translations of campfire songs in local languages. In addition to their stalwart guidance, EscapeMaker.com also hosts weekly specials from bed and breakfasts, hotels, and other travel enterprises.

1 Hanson Place
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Seanna Sharpe's career has required her to hang suspended from scaffolding, forklifts, and bridges. At first glance, these credentials may sound like she's qualified to work construction or wash skyscraper windows, and as an aerialist, artist, director, dancer, and teacher, perhaps no task is too far removed from her wheelhouse.

At Katana Flight School, she and her staff teach guests of all ages and skill levels to perform acrobatic maneuvers using equipment such as aerial silks and the trapeze. Whether seeking exercise and fun or a serious career, attendees learn to spin, twirl, and twist as a means of artistic expression.

58 N 3rd St.
Brooklyn,
NY
US

The organizers of Out-Fit Challenge, the first national LGBT mud run obstacle course, aim to spark new friendships between its runners by creating challenges that require not only personal perseverance, but the occasional helping hand. Obstacles such as barbed wire crawls or mud pits force racers to get dirty, and tandem climbing walls make runners rely on each other to progress.

After making it to the finish line, participants mingle with newfound friends or long-lost parents at the after-party. After showering, racers can don their finisher?s award with pride. Each participant can pick up their complementary beer from one of the bars, before mingling, dancing to live music, or chowing down on the food vendors? grub.

P.O. Box 2418
New York,
NY
US

The reputations of ION Studio co-owners Marco Santini, Pasquale Ferrante, and Leonardo Manetti aren't exactly a secret. Hairdos that have appeared in Vogue, Glamour, and Elle are emblematic of decades spent establishing themselves as international visionaries. And their clientele is fiercely loyal?according to New York Magazine, "don't be surprised to spot a model getting an agency-sponsored makeover in the next chair." But that shouldn't intimidate anyone from stepping through the door. At ION Studio, the goal of these luminaries is to make upscale, runway-quality haircare available to the public. Lynden Volpe from Vanity Fair praised how the stylists were able to put guests at ease, even calling a simple introductory rinse "the most comfortable hair-washing I?ve ever experienced."

On top of this people-first philosophy is an environment-tied-for-first philosophy. Filling ION Studio's open, multi-tiered space is furniture custom-made from recycled materials and shelves brimming with eco-friendly products by companies such as Davines, Rahua, and Oribe. The building is even powered wind energy and heated by models' smoldering glances.

41 Wooster St
New York,
NY
US