Today marks the day that we officially (courtesy of GroupOn) begin the promotion of our Inland Empire (Riverside County) rock climbing site. We are really excited as a company to continue growing our rock climbing program and now be able to extend it outside of San Diego County. If you live in Southern California but possibly outside of San Diego County you definitely need to check out this site that has amazing rock, long moderate routes and incredible views of Lake Perris and bald eagles. Climbing at Big Rock
We thank all of our clients locally, domestically and internationally for supporting us and allowing our business to experience growth.
First off thanks to all our wonderful clients out there that have climbed with us over the Summer and Fall and for those that purchased more climbing through promotions over the past few months.
Our long awaited and slightly delayed launch of the Inland Empire Rock climbing GroupOn promotion is finally set to launch on Friday December 10th and run straight through the weekend. Check it out here http://bit.ly/aVkOWo as early as 12 am on Friday to climb at the impressive Big Rock. We will be offering our 4 hour session for $55 which is over 50% off. For those of you in San Diego it may be a bit of a drive (close to an hour) but if you're up for something new it's an awesome place to climb for all ability levels.
Big Rock is also one of the closest and best places to climb for those that live in Orange County and the LA area so keep that in mind. We will be scheduling sessions there as early as next weekend so book now.
Yup so we've gotten kind of slack with the blogger posts but we've had an abnormally busy fall season and we're not about to complain about it. Rock climbing has been busy every weekend, we've run several Canyoneering trips and Kevin and myself spent 3 days in Joshua Tree updating all of our AMGA qualifications to keep our skills top notch. Plus it was a great excuse to do some climbing in the amazing climbing mecca of J-Tree with one of the rock legends Bob Gaines.
We've got an extremely busy few weeks coming up to close out 2010 with a bang and provide our clients excuses to get off their couches during the winter and spring of 2011 and spend some time with TST on local crags in Southern California. Starting on Tuesday November 30th we will run a 3 day promotion with Groupon on their holiday website (Groupalicious) for climbing in Mission Trails and Dixon Lake for $55 (Groupalicious Link). If you've climbed with us before come out again and we'll take you on different routes or use this as a good excuse to climb at a new area in North County on the beautiful Dixon Lake.
We will also officially debut our newest climbing site in the Inland Empire at Big Rock on Lake Perris on December 13th. We'll be offering the same deal there on the Inland Empire Groupon so check it out if you're interested. Also keep in mind a TST gift certificate is a great Christmas present so inquire about one today.
Ok that's the end of my marketing spiel I promise I'll lace the next blog with some extra exciting adventure that we are in the middle of. Till then take care
****UPDATE, GROUPON HAS CHANGED THE PROMOTION DATE STAYED TUNED, SHOULD BE THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER****
First off I'd like to tell everyone to check out our newly redesigned rock climbing web pages that we have up that now include the sites of Lake Dixon in North County San Diego and Big Rock in the Inland Empire on Lake Perris. So on a slow day at work go here and tool around a little http://bit.ly/afXqWy also read about our two newest rock guides.
In addition to offering 20% off if you mention reading this post on climbing at both of these new sites we are also launching another Groupon Rock Climbing promotion on November 19th that will run for 3 days. This first promotion will be on the Inland Empire page http://bit.ly/aVkOWo and will be for Big Rock. We will be offering our 4 hour session for $55 which is over 50% off. For those of you in San Diego it may be a bit of a drive (close to an hour) but if you're up for something new it's an awesome place to climb for all ability levels.
Also keep an eye out for Groupon's holiday specials that will begin running after Thanksgiving, we will be featured the first week of December for a week with rock climbing deals for both Mission Trails and Dixon Lake. Stay tuned I'll post more information as the date comes closer.
So check out our pages, buy some climbing sessions and attack the Groupon offer and we'll be seeing you on the rock soon.
To all of you devote followers, there's probably only 2 or 3, here is an incredible video from one of our summit teams in September up Mount Kilimanjaro. It's hard to say what's more exhilarating the feeling of being on top of Africa, the 3 different ecosystems you travel through to summit or the culture and people you meet and are exposed to on the way.
Our luxury and base adventure trips up Kili are the best in the business, with our training plans and guide to client ratio we give you the best chance of making it to the summit. The best part is you'll have great meals, facilities and entertaining all the way up. Enjoy the video and when you decide you want to summit one of the great 7 summits just think about The Southern Terrain.
After some careful reading, heavy analysis of topo maps, looking at pictures and trip reports I planned a two day excursion out into the deserts of Northeastern San Diego County to scout for some local Canyoneering. Everything in the Anza-Borrego desert East of Julian looked pretty intense and some of the canyons looked very tempting so I talked Joshua into jumping in the car with me and heading out for some exploring.
I'm not sure how many of you have been to this area but wow what a change you see as you leave the forested mountain ecosystem of Julian and descend into the desert of Anza-Borrego park. It's a great drive on the 78 and I highly recommend it as a great 1 or 2 day get away from city life. You immediate feel very desolate but at the same time you're surrounded by mountains, valleys cliffs and lots and lots of sand. It's amazing that all of this used to be the ocean floor and if you look in the right areas you can even find seashells and some of the most preserved fossils in the world.
So after a short drive out of Julian we headed to our first site we wanted to scout out and were very impressed at what there is to offer. What's a better way to start your day then a 150 foot rappel off a sandstone cliff?
After a couple mile drive up a very impressive wash where you're passing wind caves, hills and mud cliffs you come to a canyon that was as awesome as we had hoped. This unnamed canyon is going to offer us to build an incredible trip with several rappels down into it and a very exciting hike through and out the end.
This was just our first day and I was pretty excited about what this region has to offer. We explored several more canyons on the second day and will be finalizing this trip by the end of this year. Beginning in the Spring of 2011 TST will begin offering 1 and 2 day Canyoneering trips to Anza-Borrego Canyons. We will also be offering an overnight backpacking trip that will start in the highlands near Julian and Lake Cuyamaca and descend into a stunning canyon on the backside of the desert.
Stay tuned to the website for updates, the Canyoneering of San Diego County will be a great warm up trip for anyone wanting to explore the Grand Canyon with us. Fun times ahead
In the day to day hustle of running a company things continuously come up and it seems like you never have time to sit back and enjoy what you're doing. Over the past few months Kevin and myself have tried to start spending at least one day away from the office and guiding to go out and explore something new, something exciting and something that has potential to offer to our clients.
This is very difficult to do at times but we've been successful over the past few weeks at finding some pretty sweet climbing spots to take clients and even corporate groups for team building activities. This past Friday we took a hunch from one of our guides Joshua and headed up to Riverside County to an amazing area that looks out over Lake Perris. We walked the 3/4 of a mile to the site and the clouds had everything socked in pretty good as we began getting gear sorted and putting on harnesses. As we began climbing so did the clouds and the sun poked out revealing an amazing view of the lake and a lone bald eagle keeping a watch on us as we ascended the 200 foot high rock face.
After a few warm up climbs, Joshua and Josh (yup confusing huh?) began up on a multi-pitch climb followed by Kevin and myself. This was my first time back climbing since having major hip re-constructive surgery so I was slightly hesitant but extremely happy with the results by the end of the day. We had a killer climb up with a nice traverse followed by another awesome crack climb. We ended the day with a sweet 120 foot rappel down.
So enough about all the fun we had at Big Rock on Friday and on to what all you guys want to hear about. After our exploratory climbing session we've decided to move forward and establish a program here. This will be a great opportunity for anyone from North County San Diego, Orange County, LA County and Riverside County to do some amazing climbing. Big Rock offers very long but moderate routes that will be great for every skill level. Within the next two weeks look for this to show up on our website (http://bit.ly/a50ASC) for climbing sessions and also private instruction will be offered. The same rates will apply as for the other sites we climb at and we will provide all necessary equipment and instruction.
On a side note, we're going to make a commitment to blog at least once a week so stay tuned......
On Thursday September 23rd make sure to visit Living Social San Diego (www.livingsocial.com) to catch an incredible deal for a 4 hour rock climbing session from The Southern Terrain. You can grab a place in a group for half the price ($50) of a normal session so grab one on Thursday and meet us on the rock.
After a really busy summer for The Southern Terrain with multiple summits of Mt. Whitney, Mt. Kilimanjaro and lots of local rock climbing in San Diego we are all back and ready for a busy Fall. Our Fall season brings on trips to Catalina Island for kayaking and hiking and trips to Northern Arizona for Canyoneering adventures.
Since it's a good time to go Canyoneering Adventure 16 has once again graciously invited us into their stores for presentations on this great sport and also to talk about the trips we run. We've developed an exciting program where we will go through the sport of Canyoneering. This presentation will highlight several of the great areas in California, Utah and Arizona that are excellent places for canyon exploring.
The most critical part of Canyoneering is knowing what equipment is required and how to use it safely. We will go through all the equipment and have a hands on session involved various knots that are used where the audience can learn and practice these knots on pieces of cord and webbing. The final section of our presentation will go through the itinerary we've created for our trips and conclude with a short video showing the incredible canyons that we are set up to take you to.
The Southern Terrain has recently began working in a partnership with the locally based San Diego company Adventure 16 (www.adventure16.com), a leader in providing outdoor clothing and equipment to adventure enthusiasts. One of the goals of A16 is to provide their customers with opportunities to learn about local, domestic and international adventure tours and this is where TST comes into the picture.
Starting in the month of July Kevin and Andrew will visit several Adventure 16 stores to do informative presentations on different adventure locations that we have experienced. These are informative sessions that go over the history of the area, tips on how to get there, and information on "must dos" when you do arrive at your destination. With our experience in taking clients to these locations we have learned all the details and the best way to make your trip worthwhile whether you use us as your guide or go on your own.
The first dates that we have lined up with Adventure 16 are July 6th and July 8th. On Tuesday our presentation will be at the San Diego A16 and on Thursday we will be presenting at the Oceanside location. All presentations in July are about Catalina Island and will start at 6:30 pm with a happy hour hosted by Redwood Creek followed by our presentation at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to come into the store relax with a glass of wine and find out more about the amazing Catalina Island and the Trans Catalina Trail.
After the presentation there will be plenty of time available to ask questions about Catalina and also how TST can help get you there. If you have any questions or comments about other trips that we can offer this is also an opportunity to ask. We really look forward to strengthening this alliance with A16 and each month stay tuned for more presentations in their stores.
To see all the details and directions to A16 look HERE To find out more about our Catalina Trips look HERE
The Southern Terrain recently returned from an amazing adventure through the canyons of northern Arizona. We have some great images to share with everyone. The group enjoyed a beautiful day through Tapestry Canyon with a 200 foot rappel into the heart of the canyon. We continued through the canyon reaching the water section. The group, being very athletic, was able to avoid all the water except for the final section when everyone dipped in and experienced the chill of canyon water.
After making it through the canyon we reached the Colorado River where we had a great lunch set up on the banks in the sand. We loaded into the kayaks and started on our 10 mile paddle. We paddled through the canyon enjoying the scenery aiming to make it all the way back to Lee's Ferry before sunset. The group was strong and paddled the entire length in a record time of 2.5 hours.
We concluded the day with ribs and baked potatoes for dinner at the Cliff Dweller Lodge. The following morning we packed up our gear and headed cross country to South Canyon and the less travelled "UPS" route. This remote trail is the ideal way to see the canyon and find yourself in complete solitude. Congratulations to a wonderful group.
To learn more about this program click on the link below:
The Southern Terrain recently returned from a world class expedition to Cerro Aconcagua. The climb started in Mendoza, Argentina a fabulous city renowned for its malbec wines and cuts of beef it offers a perfect launching pad for climbing the highest peak in North and South America. Our climb took us from Mendoza to Penitentes to stage our equipment and begin acclimatizing. The team ascended to Confluencia Camp where our mountain experience started with first class service and spectacular views. We were welcomed with a full moon on our second night and perfect weather for viewing the awe inspiring south Face.
We made the long trek to base camp, Plaza de Mulas, and spent the next four days continueing to acclimatize by hiking the 16,000 ft. Cerro Bonete.
We made our first camp at Canada and used one of our weather days there due to extremely high winds and snow. The following day we hiked too Nido de Condores and spent the next day resting there. With a limited weather window we decided to make our summit bid from Nido de Condores and left at 4:00am. The day gave us perfect weather and we made our summit at 3:00pm. We slowly descended back to base camp where we enjoyed dinner and a well deserved rest.
This was a great expedition with amazing people!!!!
How can I help raise money for charities by participating in athletic events or competitions? This was the question on the mind of Johnny Lincoln, founder of Race Raiser, before he created a unique way for athletes to support both local and national charitable organizations. During a long training run for the Carlsbad Half Marathon the concept of race Raiser was developed whereby creating a forum connecting athletes with nonprofits that would enable them to raise funds any time they race. Eight months later the concept has spawned into an online community of racers with the goal of supporting their chosen charity. As an avid racer himself Johnny understood the importance of having goals that can be worked towards and the impact of a uniting experience such as a marathon, mud run or a triathlon can provide........