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Intro To Off-Road Driving - NY

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What an amazing opportunity to learn basic technical skills for off-road driving! I have to admit I was really stoked about this course, but very anxious as well. At first, I had no idea if my stock Toyota 4Runner would be capable for this class. But after speaking with the owner, Scott Trager, I signed up for the course. And I'm so glad that I did! I learned basic technical techniques for off-road driving, and more importantly, I realized that my stock 4Runner is more than capable to handle off-roading! Scott was very thorough in explaining all the details and I look forward to taking more classes. Safe off-roading is fun! NORA -  Northeast Off-Road Adventures  is located in Ellenville, New York, and has several off-road courses for every experience level. I signed up for the "Intro To Off-Road Driving" class. This two-part class (virtual presentation & onsite instruction) included an overview of common 4 wheel drive controls, driving on woodland terrain, working wi

Crack Climbing - Instruction #1

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While out at Joshua Tree National Park last month I did some hiking and worked on goals on learning to crack climb. Hired Seth Pettit of Mojave Guides to teach me basic crack climbing skills. Climbed for 2 full days ( Day 1 and Day 2 ) and got on 15 pitches! Now I'm hooked. I come back to the east coast and of course it's cold and all my climbing buddies are salivating for ice to climb on. Meanwhile I'm like, "dudes, I'm still in rock mode here!" So I started looking for a climbing gym in my area that has vertical crack climbing routes plus instruction. Found one 77 miles north of me at Salt Pump Climbing in Scarborough, Maine with Tino Fiumara. Tino is the Head Routesetter and Assistant Program Director at Salt Pump. I spoke to Tino about my vertical crack climbing goals before I left for Las Vegas and scheduled my first lesson with him for when I return from my Las Vegas golfing/climbing trip . Fast forward to today..... I had my first lesson