Bouldering differs from other forms of rock climbing in a variety of ways, such as its heightened social element. When top roping, for example, climbers are more isolated, relying on a partner below to maintain rope tension. But because bouldering is done on lower courses that don't require a rope or harness, climbers are free to scale walls at will, often resulting in people sharing walls and striking up conversations in between surmounting terrain such as verticals, slabs, and roof climbs?overhangs that put climbers' bodies parallel to the floor.
That's how The Circuit Bouldering Gym got started. Some bouldering enthusiasts crossed paths at a local gym and found they all wanted to expand Portland's bouldering options. Today, they welcome guests to surmount courses?including a hanging boulder?ranging from 8- to 17-feet high and surrounded by crash-pad flooring. Boasting three of the largest bouldering-only gyms in the world, they also designed many of their simulated climbing stations as top-out boulders, letting guests experience what it's like to stand atop a boulder in the Rockies or on the moon. Additionally, they instruct guests with programs such as 90-minute intro courses, advanced clinics with professional climber athletes, and programs tailored for kids including birthday parties,summer and winter-break camps.
Between climbs, a lounge area lets visitors relax and swap tales of defying gravity's relentless bullying. The third and newest location in Tigard offers more than 19,000 square feet of brand new boulders. To further build the bouldering community, the gym's team organizes an annual fundraiser benefiting local charities. All locations also have a full weights area, allowing for workouts and CrossFit training between climbs. .
King City Golf Course strings together three par 3s, five par 4s, and a single par 5 for a relatively short and challenging 2,284-yard course that has been welcoming swings since 1966. A gauntlet of sand traps and a pond form the bulk of difficulties along the layout's relatively flat track, a welcome relief from sadistic designs with extreme elevation changes or vertical greens. Golfers can warm up their swinging sinews at the course’s practice net before starting their round.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 34 course * Total length of 2,284 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 62.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 101 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
At Summerfield Golf Course, players search for birdies and eagles among the tree-lined fairways of a nine-hole, par-33 course. With three par 3s and six par 4s, the course measures 2,343 yards from the farthest tees, letting clubbers focus on their short game and give their titanium drivers most of the day off to spend soaking in a bathtub full of polish. Each hole holds two tee options to suit different skill levels and allow golfers who want to loop it twice for an 18-hole round to experience a distinct front and back nine. PGA Pro Rob Lindsey offers lessons for all skill levels, and the onsite pro shop prepares players for their rounds with shirts, balls, apparel, and tees.
Between the red and white walls, and under the high ceiling of CrossFit Boones Ferry’s gym, certified trainers Trevor and Derek lead groups through the functional movements and exercises of the CrossFit system. Through the use of everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling, they prep patrons to safely engage all manner of enterprises, from sports and work-related activities to daily routines such as carrying groceries. By changing the workout each day, they also target each muscle group for full-body fitness, using a wide variety of equipment, including kettlebells, plyometric boxes, and pull-up bars. For those in need of more individualized attention, they also offer personal, one-on-one training.
For more than 27 years, Sean Haley has been practicing the disciplines of brazilian jujitsu and kenpo karate, as well as muay thai, MMA, and kickboxing. He shares his vast experience and knowledge with students of all ages and experience levels at Oregon Martial Arts, where he serves as owner and chief instructor. Classes cater to kids by helping them develop not just methods of self-defense, but also respect, discipline, and patience. Meanwhile, intense muay thai classes teach striking methods used in MMA that require immense physical acumen and help the body get lean and toned, and brazilian jujitsu classes teach students how to use the method for self-defense.
Vibrant groves of trees and gardens provide a scenic backdrop for year-round driving range practice and miniature golf at Tualatin Island Greens. At the range, 43 synthetic hitting bays (including 25 covered and 12 heated stations) look out onto a vast field with plenty of real estate for Herculean drives and accuracy-testing target areas, including a green surrounded by a moat to keep area lawn gnomes from stealing the flagstick. The range also features target flags at 20, 30, and 40 yards to facilitate short-game practice or serve as the destination for balls hit out of the practice sand trap.
Water trickles over a tiny canyon of bedrock that runs alongside Tualatin Island Greens' mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is situated in the shade of towering pines that, paired with its well-manicured gardens, instill peace of mind as players read tricky slopes and avoid obstacles such as Lilliputian ponds, sand traps, and Olympic track hurdles. Golfers can improve their par-hunting prowess past sunset, as the entire complex has lights for nighttime use. Tualatin's Island Grill is also onsite to keep appetites at bay with burgers, chicken wings, and other savory fare.