Destinations, May 1998
Yosemite Mountaineering School, California. One- to four-day courses held April through September in the cradle of American mountaineering. Classes range from introductory rappelling to advanced free climbing. $70-$330, lodging not included. 209-372-8344.
Rajeff Flyfishing School, Washington. Tim Rajeff is a former U.S. fly-casting distance and accuracy champion; his brother Steve is, among other honors, the current world casting champion. Between reeling in bucketfuls of trophies, the Rajeffs teach one- and two-day clinics in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. $175-$425, including meals, but not lodging. 360-695-5114.
Adventures on Horseback, California. Instruction is completely individualized here. Learn to ride English in the arena, or if weather permits, practice endurance and trail riding in the nearby Sunol Wilderness or along Point Reyes National Seashore. $1,500 for seven days, including lodging, breakfast, and lunch. 510-487-9001.
Adventure Cycling's Introduction to Road Bike Touring, California and Montana. Spend three days learning such on-road essentials as how to handle a squirrely loaded bike, fix a balky derailleur, and make a filling meal out of dehydrated noodles and Clif Bars. Then spend three days using these skills on a self-contained camping trip. $500, including meals and camping fees. 800-755-2453.
Cort Larned Windsurfing, California. Larned, a two-time world champion, moves his camps along the coast to follow the breeze, meaning that you can work on water starts without worrying about lackluster winds. Two-day intermediate and advanced courses are $250, not including equipment or lodging. Two-day beginner clinics are $110, equipment included. 415-440-5405.