Since hosting their first class in 1989, Arizona Climbing and Adventure School's instructors have sent an estimated 37,000 students scurrying up the earth's craggy cliffs. Instead of learning climbing in an indoor facility, participants climb nature’s precipices outdoors upon the Southwest's cliffs and mountains. Adventurer and school director Mark Brontsema guides his students and fellow instructors by a philosophy that emphasizes self-reliance, goal setting, and teamwork. He now brings more than three decades to his post as school director, taking time from a busy schedule that includes writing gear reviews for the New York Times.
The school offers a large number of courses that target students of varying skill levels and reveal technique secrets in small groups of two to six students. Classes may focus on rappelling and anchors, guide services, and equipment-free bouldering, which relies solely on the climber's hands, feet, and retractable suction cups. Adventure courses include day trips and overnight climbing excursions, while special workshops address topics such as backpacking, being an ecologically responsible climber and hiker, and using GPS devices.
Brunswick has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Today’s Groupon allows lane-tamers of all skill levels to embark upon their own two-game competitive adventure outfitted with America’s most popular adventure accessory, freshly disinfected bowling shoes. Season your afternoon with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or when you're ready to take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution, engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit bowling accouterments light up the full sensorium. Because you can buy up to 10 of today's deal, you'll be able to spend a good chunk of your day or night at Brunswick Zone taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads.
As a conglomerate of paintball facilities, Paintball International is a one-stop shop for weekend warriors seeking some chromatic outdoor combat. Partnering with fields across the country, the company helps players live out their battlefield fantasies, whether they're sneaking up on an enemy installation, executing tactic strategies, or painting Water Lilies on the chest of a charging opponent.
The open to the public Waterfront Grille snuggles up to Lake Pleasant, overlooking its blue waters as it doles out a satisfying selection of succulent grill fare. Kick off the meal with the tender original chicken wings starter ($8.99), served hot-style, barbecue-infused, or stark naked. A mélange of hearty sandwiches includes the fully loaded philly cheesesteak sandwich, nestled in the bosom of a downy hoagie roll and served with a choice of fries, cole slaw, or a small salad ($10.95). Gaze out on the serene views of the water as you dive into a lakeside feast with entrees such as the steak of the day, a tender steak treading in a bed of sautéed mushrooms and fresh veggies, accompanied by a mashed potato raft ($17.49). Round out the meal with a delectable double chocolate cake ($5.99), or build a traditional cheesecake schooner ($4.99) and race a seasoned sailor to the other side of the lake.
At Scuba Specialties, experienced instructors lend their nautical know-how to diving greenhorns age 10 years and up during Discover Scuba classes. Each introductory session—lasting 60–90 minutes—instills plunging pupils with the proper utilization of equipment, as well as tips and trips for making small talk with bashful snorkels. After gleaning basic fundamentals, students don diving duds and step into the shallow tides of an indoor heated pool, where newly acquired techniques are practiced in the safety of shallow waters. Instructors volunteer careful guidance as divers hone subaqueous skills, helping them master the art of breathing underwater for future undersea explorations and nightly tug of wars with stubborn bathtub drains.
Cradled by Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge provides nature lovers access to the outdoors, offering guided activities, meals, and a place to snooze amid ponderosa pines and rocky washbasins. Heads rest on beds in selected rooms that host up to seven occupants and are each equipped with private bathrooms and free WiFi. Upon waking and reading juicy excerpts from each other’s dream journals aloud, tandem adventurers can fuel up for alfresco endeavors with a breakfast of fresh-baked breads and coffee. Visitors then immerse themselves in the ranch lifestyle as they embark on a two-hour guided trail ride that snakes along paths etched into the lodge’s 55,000 acres of land. Savvy pony pilots customize a scenic tour based on guests’ equine experience and comfort levels to ensure an enjoyable, stress-free outing. Nestled in the saddle of one of Cherry Creek’s fleet of well-mannered, oat-powered vehicles, riders can drink in jaw-dropping vistas of majestic canyons and mountain ridges whilst rekindling the centaur-reminiscent connection between horse and human.