Fresh Tracks

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,

New Trip & Steals

THE PERFECT PUT-IN If cruising the turquoise waters of Greece in a high-performance kayak for nine days sounds like a dream you want to turn into reality, check out Crossing Latitudes’ new Northern Dodecanese Islands Expedition. Accompanied by a British Canoe Union–certified coach (the best in the biz), you’ll learn technical skills, rescues, and kayak surfing while paddling around islands like Kos and Kalymnos, in the Aegean Sea—with some snorkeling forays thrown in for good measure. Each evening, refuel with fresh calamari, tzatziki, and retsina wine before retiring to a guest house or beach camp near ancient Greek ruins. The expedition costs $2,250 per person and runs September 4 through 12. Contact: 800-572-8747,

Disappearing Act
Make like Houdini and vanish to Luba Hati Beach Resort, near Placencia, in southern Belize, to take advantage of the Escape Artist package. Hide away for seven nights in your own Spanish-style beach casita, gorging yourself on grilled lobster tail and venturing out only for snorkeling excursions off Point Placencia, hikes in nearby Maya ruins, and a safari in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary to try to spot the elusive jaguar. The $1,132-per-person price tag (based on double occupancy, including daily breakfast, four dinners, all activities, and air transfers from Belize City to Placencia) is a 15 percent savings off the normal rate. Available through May 31. Contact: 720-227-0129,

Zoom In
Always wanted to shoot the Big Five? David Anderson Safari Consultants is on the hunt for 100 amateur and professional photographers to participate in Focus on Africa 2004. Project participants receive up to 50 percent off the price of a safari in one of ten African countries in exchange for the use of their images in the second edition of On Safari, a guidebook published by Focus on Africa Publishing. Discounted trips range from $1,080, for four days, to $5,995, for two weeks. Contact: 800-927-4647,

Season Finale
Don’t shelve those skis just yet. Breckenridge Central Reservations is offering its Ultimate Winter Indulgence Package for those with lingering, corn cravings. For $506 per person (based on double occupancy), from April 4 to 25, you get three nights in one of seven Breckenridge, Colorado, properties (including Park Avenue Lofts and Trail’s End Condominiums), three days of lift tickets, a sleigh tour and dinner at an old mining lodge, and a massage at the Blue Sage Spa. Contact: 877-593-5260,

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From Outside Magazine, Apr 2004
Filed To: SailingRock ClimbingUnited KingdomCaribbeanPhotographyBelize
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