Bouldering, rock climbing's weird cousin who only wears sleeveless shirts, condenses the challenge of scaling a wall by contorting the vertical plane into strange shapes, inversions, convexes, and concaves. Every route becomes a problem, an intense, Escheresque puzzle of grit and physical stamina that builds endurance, spatial-thinking skills, and body awareness. The introductory classes will impart the basics of navigating these challenging routes.
For Urban Outdoor Skills staff Pascal Baudar and Mia Wasilevich, living sustainably is more than just talk. Baudar has been sourcing his own food since his childhood in Belgium, and Wasilevich—a self-taught chef—lives off her own urban garden. Together they run Urban Outdoor Skills, teaching their students self-reliance through classes where they pickle and can their own foods or make organic soaps from wild aromatic plants. Underlying every session is a bounty of expertise in foraging from the surrounding mountain wilderness: nettles and yucca become piquant sauces, seeds become breads and crackers, and flowers become wood-sprite birthday cakes.
Alternative Outfitters Vegan Boutique is dedicated to providing vegan-friendly clothing and accessory options that don't compromise on style, and specializes in anti-cruelty, free-range footwear such as stylish gladiator sandals (on sale for $17.50) and flats (on sale for $25.95), as well as vegan foot-armor from name brands like Steve Madden, Simple, and Chinese Laundry. A wide selection of hacky-sackable men's shoes is always in stock. Alternative Outfitters guarantees that no shoe it sells has been quality-tested by seeing how far it can punt an adorable baby penguin (the current industry standard).
The walls at Soccerplus's storefront form a colorful mosaic of top-flight soccer shoes, equipment, apparel, and jerseys representing a globe-tracing variety of elite international and club squads. The store encompasses all of the top brands in pitch-shredding finery, including Nike, Adidas, Kappa, Puma, and Atletica. And hardcore fans will delight in Soccerplus's attention to detail?their jersey selection includes a terrific variety of specific players, with their names and numbers on their kits, so purchasers don't have to do aftermarket modifications with a quill pen. This same inventory is on full display at their online warehouse, where clients can sort celebrated uniforms by either country or club.
Blind 9 Golf equips duffers with clubs from elite makers including TaylorMade, Mizuno, and Adams, along with course-ready duds that owe their sporty collars to the stitch masters at Adidas, Puma, and other top brands. Along with a wide selection of putters, wedges, irons, and drivers, the golf emporium sells useful golf accessories, streamlining golf trips with travel bags and informing golfers of their exact distance from flagsticks and territorial forecaddies with GPS units and rangefinders. Clients can also sign up for a loft/lie fitting session with Blind 9’s recently acquired club-fitting equipment, which measures players' current sticks and swing path to determine optimal loft and lie.
When Sunny Williamson’s son couldn’t find a satisfactory airsoft facility, his father decided to create one for him. Opened in 2006, Tac City Airsoft has since expanded to two indoor airsoft facilities totaling more than 60,000-square feet. Under the watchful eye of refs, players duke it out in the Fullerton field’s fully enclosed quarters filled with wooden walls and labyrinthine hallways or the semi-outdoor space in El Monte littered with barrels and haystacks. Personnel update the fields every few months to keep repeat guests on their toes as they compete in scenarios such as capture the flag and follow-up games of set the flag free. In lieu of combatting with Tac City Airsoft’s fully automatic M4 rentals, visitors can purchase their own weapons and gear at the pro-shop.