Fresh Tracks

Apr 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

Hard Rock Scotland
With 54,000 square feet of NATURAL ROCK CLIFFS in the Ratho Quarry and 27,000 square feet of INDOOR CLIMBING (which includes a 60-foot competition wall, overhangs, a BOULDERING CAVE, and a 90-foot tower with belay ledges), Scotland's new ADVENTURE CENTRE is, quite literally, rocking climbers' worlds. Located just two miles south of Edinburgh, the facility opened in December and is slated to host the British Bouldering Championships this fall. The $45 MILLION COMPLEX will also house the world's largest indoor aerial course (think zip lines and suspension ropes), the Deep Blue Scuba Diving School, a mountain-bike-skills course, the National Judo Academy, a health spa, lodge, café and lounge, and auditorium. Think of it as a giant PLAY PEN FOR THE HYPERACTIVE SET. Contact: 011-44-131-333-6333,

Jibe Right
CATAMARANS have grown trendy in the Caribbean, but sailing programs haven't quite caught on—until now. OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL is offering a new live-aboard catamaran course—SEVEN DAYS WITH A PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR who'll teach you the tricks of sailing a cat around the Leeward Islands. After learning maneuvers like close-quarter turning and jibing, you'll EARN YOUR U.S. SAILING CERTIFICATION for chartering bareboats up to 47 feet. Offered in April and May, the course starts at $2,530 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes instruction, most meals, and a night ashore at Captain Oliver's, on St. Martin. Contact: 800-221-4326,

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