The most important rock-climbing accessory other than a radioactive-spider bite is experience. Gain some gamma-free climb time with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a four-hour introductory rock-climbing course and guided outdoor climb (an $85 value) at Adventure Out.
Adventure Out’s introductory class provides all the necessary equipment and welcomes thrill-seekers of all ages to discover the exhilaration of outdoor rock climbing. Class starts at 9:00 a.m. (some afternoon classes offered at 1:30 p.m.) at Castle Rock State Park. Every session begins with a safety lesson to familiarize future rock-grapplers with the equipment, basic knots, climbing commands, top-roping technique, rope management, and the climbing-rating system (climbs are judged on degree of difficulty, pageantry, and number of dismount flips). Unlike most introductory climbing classes, this orientation concludes with plenty of actual outdoor climbing. You'll scale mountains like a sticky-footed gecko.
Adventure Out's instructors focus on teaching safety, so you can focus on the thrilling climb ahead instead of whatever happens to be below you (alligator pits, raging fires, etc.). With a max class size of 12 people, Adventure Out ensures you individual attention. For a complete list of dates, check out the activity calendar. Buy two Groupons and learn how to climb with someone you trust. Buy three and learn to climb with someone of whom you're highly suspicious and someone you trust intently watching that person. Bring flexible, comfortable clothing; everything else will be provided.
Adventure Out has been featured in many publications, including San Francisco:
- …Cliff Hodges, a charming 26-year-old surfer bro and MIT grad, may seem overqualified to teach kids how to make fire by friction. But if the man learned anything at school, it’s that he wants nothing more than to teach kids how to enjoy the great outdoors.
Adventure Out has a 3.5-star rating from five reviewers on Yelp:
- It was a fun and convenient intro to climbing. – Leslie O., Yelp
When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.
His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety: he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival-skills training standards by New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.
Today, he leads excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.
San Lorenzo Valley
15000 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, California 95033-8291Get Directions