Mankind's feeble climbing skills and inability to digest delicious tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. Channel an inner mountain goat with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a three-hour rock-climbing-basics course at Apex Ex (a $149 value) plus a $49 credit toward a summit trip. This Groupon is valid at four climbing locations: Boulder Canyon, Chautauqua Park, Table Mountain, and Clear Creek Canyon.
Formerly known as Natural Fitness Guided Adventures, the Boulder–based adventure-travel company was featured in National Geographic for its hiking and skiing trips. Under the watchful eye of an experienced rock-climbing guide, climbers and would-be climbers can partake in a safe half day of outdoor stone scuttling with Apex Ex's rock-climbing-basics course. Participants will spend the morning—from 9 a.m. to noon—or afternoon—from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m.—learning how to rappel, tie knots, and fend off the yeti population. While no technical climbing skills are required, the trip does call for healthy participants and some comfortable hiking shoes. Hikers should dress in layers and bring a medium-size backpack, rain gear, and any required medications. All technical gear is provided, and optional climbing shoes are available to rent for $10.
Today's Groupon also includes a $49 credit toward the value of a full or multiday rock-climbing summit trip, which lasts from one to several days and varies in difficulty. Whatever trip gets chosen, climbers can continue to practice their newly acquired rock-scaling skills and finally have a valid explanation for why they spent the better part of the day in a helmet and harness.
The mountain-savvy staff at Apex Ex equip people of all skill levels with the knowledge, gear, and plans necessary to explore the wilderness all year round. Seasoned guides and instructors, many of whom are trained by organizations such as the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Mountain Guides Association, lead classes that teach students important lessons ranging from backcountry snow basics to avalanche rescue. In summer months, the experts lead guided climbing and backpacking trips and teach riders to careen down rocky paths of every sort during mountain-biking lessons.