Mountain bikes enable humans to traverse alpine terrain without having to tunnel under mounds of dirt, swing from tree branch to tree branch, or eat their way through boulders. Enjoy a leisurely jaunt through the mountains with today's Groupon from Adventure Out in Santa Cruz. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a mountain-biking class in the Santa Cruz Mountains (an $85 value).
- For $59, you get a mountain-biking class in the Santa Cruz Mountains with included bike and helmet rental (a $125 value).
Adventure Out educates riders in the art of expertly maneuvering bikes down rocky slopes with four hours of safe, instructor-guided training to introduce students of every skill level to the exhilaration of mountain biking. Students convene in an outdoor classroom for the morning session, honing bike-handling skills and learning about topics such as pedaling and braking, how to navigate corners, and when to properly dislodge homesick aliens from bike baskets. Instructors with a minimum of 15 years of experience then school pupils in the vagaries of mountain trekking, teaching them how to repair bikes while on the trail, etiquette when encountering other riders, and the best ways to keep fueled and hydrated en route. Guides then lead students out into the scenic landscapes of the Santa Cruz Mountains or Marin County trails, taking bikers on a 6- to 8-mile jaunt that gives students path-cruising skills that could make mountain goats bleat in envy.
A complete list of session dates can be found on Adventure Out's activity calendar.
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.