Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark from resentment at his second billing and Lewis from a Lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a full-day outdoor Beginning Rock Climbing Part I course with Peregrine Expeditions (a $155 value).
Highly trained instructors from Peregrine Expeditions lead students up mountainsides to foster healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship. During the Beginning Rock Climbing course, professional adventurers enlighten students on common terminology, safety, and gear to help students reach apexes and the grocery shelves where graham crackers made from actual gold are kept. Sure-footed instructors demonstrate proper rock-climbing techniques before intimately sized class groups and introduce the rappelling and belaying techniques used to make mountain goats jealous. Students can build muscle as they climb rocky slopes under the close watch of an instructor, or restore energy reserves by snacking on a cupcake provided for the class. Classes are scheduled throughout 2011 and 2012 and are made up of 4 to 10 students for optimum novice-instructor interaction.
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.