For outdoor adventurers angling for a mountain-biking trip through the Sonoran Desert or a standup-paddleboarding trip to the waterfalls of Sabino Canyon, merely getting the equipment to the starting point takes considerable effort. Avid outdoorsmen themselves, the guides at Arizona Hike Bike and Board are well aware of this trail-going hardship?one that ranks right up with bug bites and horse gridlock. Recognizing a need, and coupling it with an abiding interest in helping others explore Arizona's deserts, wildlife, and natural beauty, they started a mobile company that aims to solve the equipment-transportation conundrum. Arizona Hike Bike and Board's staff meets clients right at the trailhead or water entry point, and equips them with rental bicycles by Santa Cruz or paddleboards by Boardworks and Badfish. If it's a guided tour, the staff also supplies bottled water and snacks before leading small groups into into the rivers or deserts.
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's hand-picked instructors?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.
Equipment: FreeMotion machines, exercise bands, kettlebells, medicine balls, TRX equipment, dumbbells
Students should bring: Bring a towel and a water bottle, if you like. We also have a water cooler.
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
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.
Next to the scenic McDowell Mountain Golf Club, Mesquite Grille tantalizes tastebuds with an eclectic menu of contemporary American cuisine. Executive Chef Mark Hamilton draws from years of experience cooking at cafes and resorts in Michigan, Virginia, and Louisiana to create dishes that evoke zesty Southwestern classics, cowboy fare, Chicago-Italian cuisine, and Midwestern home cooking. Guests can dine on savory bowls of chili, spicy green-chile pork sandwiches, or burgers and sandwiches made with sirloin, chicken, and fresh veggies. Like a well-worn plaid tuxedo, the space blends refined elegance with a rustic quality by surrounding diners with stunning desert vistas, the warmth of a roaring fire, and accents of wood and adobe.
"Unity in motion." That's the motto of SYNCD-N owners Howard and Dawn Lindsay, and it's not lip service?it's literal. That's because the husband-and-wife duo deal exclusively in tandem bicycles. "Riding a tandem bicycle requires a team to communicate thoroughly, to trust each other...and to lean on one another when one team member gets tired," they share on their website. This shines through in both their commitment to each other?which has been strengthened since they took up the sport?and to their customers, to whom they offer trial rides. The rides familiarize the customers with the skills necessary for navigating a bicycle together, from peddling in sync to leaning in the same direction in order to dodge puddles full of tears from lonely unicyclists.