The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost's tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a four-hour outdoor rock-climbing session from The Southern Terrain, with locations in San Diego and Escondido (a $125 value).
The team at The Southern Terrain helps active outdoorspeople to reach new heights with adventure programs, corporate-training programs, altitude training, and adventure-fitness activities. Wilderness First Responder–certified guides lead small teams at a ratio of 8:1 through the canyons, trails, and gremlin tunnels of two climbing locations. Enjoy scenic views of the lake and surrounding hills while tackling a steep face at Lake Dixon. Alternatively, sky seekers navigate more than 5,800 acres of hills and canyons at Mission Trails Regional Park, which tests scalers with pure-granite faces that provide chic surfaces for climbing or chopping turnips. The park's Mission Gorge challenges climbers with many cracks and face-climbing routes for beginners all the way up to challenging 5.10-grade climbs. All necessary equipment is included, but climbers should bring their own hiking shoes and a lyre to help to coax rocks into letting scalers climb them.
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Kayakers glide past ice shelves in the glacial waters of Patagonia. A continent over, hikers pose for a picture at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro—the highest point in Africa—before looking out onto the Tanzanian landscape. The Southern Terrain's team of licensed, bonded, and insured outdoor enthusiasts coordinates once-in-a-lifetime trips like these to storied destinations around the world.
To facilitate safe and memorable experiences, fitness experts arrange adventure-training programs so that explorers arrive ready not only to climb, hike, and kayak, but also to handle elevated altitudes. The professionally guided excursions typically maintain a traveler-to-guide ratio of eight to one. To support eco-friendly travel, The Southern Terrain partners with the nonprofit program iJourney Green, which helps adventurers to sustain the parts the world they visit.