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 $140, you get a four-hour climbing tour for two at Castle Rock Climbing School (a $280 value) in Los Gatos.
Castle Rock Climbing School's pupils scramble up the assorted stony faces of Castle Rock State Park while experienced guides use local knowledge to enhance the excursion. A four-hour tour whisks up to six aspiring mountaineers through a variety of single-pitch or multi-pitch courses, where they’ll witness the park’s mammoth amounts of sandstone, its flourishing flora, and its magisterial fauna, most of which is immortal. Climbing routes differ from each tour, challenging beginners and advanced cliff-conquerors alike. Castle Rock provides all necessary gear, including shoes, a harness, a helmet, and a belay device. All guides are expertly trained in both emergency medical situations and how to steal a sandwich back from a spotted owl.
Groupon holders who want to upgrade to a full or ¾-day tour may apply the purchase price of the Groupon toward these options and receive a 20% discount.
Castle Rock Climbing School
Castle Rock Climbing School's expert guides eschew climbing walls for the raw stone faces of the Santa Cruz Mountains. PCGI-certified instructors spearhead trips ranging in duration from half a day to four days, spiriting intrepid climbers away for a nature-filled morning or 96 hours away from home to just let the neighbors get all the mail-stealing out of their system. Every guide boasts years of experience leading their wards up and down rocky inclines and is stuffed with local knowledge and teaching prowess. The school outfits climbers with the gear they need, including helmets, harnesses, and shoes, requiring that guests only take care of dressing themselves and deciding what song to yodel from the summit.