Having reeled in 25 years of experience as a licensed fishing pro, Steve Roberts shares tricks of the trade during half-day and full-day fishing trips, welcoming avid anglers and beginners alike onto his fully equipped fishing vessels. Throughout the year, Steve and company track down seasonal targets. Winter trips focus on chinook, or winter steelhead, and autumn trips chase after coho salmon—a feisty fish notorious for fighting under water and starting bar brawls on land. No matter what the target, every trip with Steve includes all the necessary gear and an endless stream of expert advice.
At Stone Free Climbing, rock climbing isn't an indoor sport. The company's experienced guides lead day and weekend trips to natural rock formations, such as Smith National Park's volcanic tuft. Each trip accommodates new and seasoned climbers alike, and adventurers can leave their suction clogs at home since all necessary gear is provided. To prep ambitious scalers for solo jaunts, the Stone Free Climbing experts also lead mountain navigation courses, teaching students to use GPS equipment, find routes, and read topographical maps.
The lifetime anglers and sturgeon wranglers at Sky's Guide Service cast their nets over the fish-packed purses of Portland, steering rodman recruits and seasoned reelers toward the perfect catch. Check the species calendar and choose a salmon or sturgeon adventure. From March until May, up to six passengers can set sail on a sturdy custom Willie Raptor jet sled down the Columbia or Willamette River, where a school of coveted spring Chinook salmon recite their last rites. Known as the world's most prized eating salmon, these floppy fortresses of sweet meat pack enough omega-3 fatty acids to make the human heart grow a chamber orchestra in its left ventricle. Continuing into April, sturgeon kidnappers chart the waters to corral these gigantic, delicious aquamonsters into their unmarked vans. Sturgeon are excellent fighters with brave appetites, working in packs to chomp five rods at the same time when they're not busy driving buffets out of business.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Rare Earth Adventures' staff of outdoor guides leads clients on expeditions through the scenic wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and snowshoe treks. With extensive training and certifications in environmental sustainability, wilderness medicine, and risk management, the guides ensure safe passage as their charges hike through the unspoiled woods of the Umpqua National Forest or scale the 848-foot face of Beacon Rock. In addition to year-round voyages near their home base in Portland, they steward a variety of international trips, leading guests on sojourns to the jungles of Thailand, the volcanoes of Mexico, and the airports of Maine.
Those hoping to demystify the backcountry on their own can enlist in one of Rare Earth's many educational programs to improve their outdoor acumen. Rather than attempting to quell an upset stomach by asking a bear for antacid tablets, guests can become their own doctor by gaining their wilderness medicine certification or learn to avoid unsafe situations while completing the outdoor leader certification.
Mt. Hood Adventure has been guiding visitors for nearly 10 years around the area of the scenic Mount Hood National Forest. Their experience and knowledge was enough for The Oregonian to deem them ?The leading recreational outfitter guide service in the Mt. Hood National Forest.? Led by Greg "Chopper" Moreno, the guides at Mt. Hood Adventure introduce tourgoers to the animals, plant-life, geology, and really pretty sections of the mountain. Chopper and his team take patrons on summertime canoe trips, mountain-biking excursions, horseback riding, hiking, and more. Once snow covers the mountain's face, trips take a more winter-friendly turn, with snowshoeing outings and snowmobiling adventures.
Once visitors finish up with their excursion, they can take advantage of the nearby Mt. Hood Skibowl winter and summer resort. There they can enjoy warm-weather activities such as zip lining, kayaking, and rock climbing, along with winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.