Some people are born to run; some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with today's Groupon: for $75, you get an all-day beginner outdoor rock-climbing class on Mount Erie from Peregrine Expeditions (a $155 value).
Peregrine Expeditions corrals a cadre of experienced guides to educate and connect humanity with nature through exploration and climbing. During the all-day beginning rock-climbing class, 4–10 crag-crawling greenhorns gain know-how on gear, rope technique, commands, and safety while scaling simple rock face on breathtaking Mount Erie. On masterful completion of the course, bodies are able to confidently rappel down rock walls, tongues are more capable of spouting climbing vocabulary, and brains begin hosting fantasies about proper climbing gear.
Upcoming classes are scheduled on May 1, 7, and 14, with additional dates listed on the class’s website. Brave new wanderers can choose to meet at either Lake Erie Grocery at the mountain's base in Anacortes or at Backcountry Essentials in Bellingham, based on personal convenience and the advice of a forked stick. Inspired by the once-endangered peregrine falcon, and in an effort to experience and preserve the natural environment, Peregrine Expeditions donates 1 per cent of all profits toward sustaining the endangered species indigenous to the Mount Erie area.
The veteran athletes at Peregrine Expeditions nurture their already intimate relationships with Mother Nature during skiing and climbing excursions into the icy peaks of Mount Baker or jagged rock faces of Mount Erie. Backcountry skiing courses hone snow-skimming techniques, and intense skiing tours toe the border between the United States and Canada on two-day treks that embark each morning from a hut at base camp. Adrenaline junkies foray into Forbidden Peak for two or three days, conquering the ins and outs of navigating ice, performing mountaintop rescues, and backpacking in challenging conditions. Kid-specific expeditions tone tiny muscles and teach bird calls used to ask eagles the way to the nearest latrine as youngsters grouped by age engage in courses that span one to five days.