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San Francisco’s best indoor climbing

No one likes going to gym. It’s smelly, sweaty, crowded, and dangerous. But sometimes, whether it’s because of a tight schedule or a torrential downpour, indoor fitness is necessary.

Instead of waiting to use a sweat-covered lat machine at Planet Fitness, check out these indoor climbing gyms within San Francisco’s city limits. Who knows, it could be the beginning to a path where the end is you successfully climbing Half Dome in Yosemite.

The Mission Cliffs

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Open since 1995, Mission Cliffs is San Francisco’s oldest climbing gym. But it hasn’t gotten stale—staff change the gym’s routes and problems every month to keep things challenging for climbers of all levels. It includes a 50-foot high lead wall, 2,000 square feet of bouldering, and 23,000 feet of climbing terrain.

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The Bay Area’s best swimming beaches

When the temperature in San Francisco climbs above 80 degrees, people panic like their skin is melting off. And in their panic, they go to Ocean Beach. Which is a great place to feel a cool breeze and have a fire at night… but its 60-degree water really isn’t ideal for swimming.

So this week, we rounded up a few spots where you can cool off without need for an insulating layer of blubber. Because it’s got to warm up sooner or later… right?

Heart’s Desire Beach—Tomales Bay

Heart's Desire Beach—Tomales Bay

Located north of San Francisco in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay is a long inlet from the Pacific Ocean, but the shallow waters allow the sun to heat up the water. The beach is also protected by the Inverse Ridge, which shields it from the Pacific’s fog and high winds.
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San Francisco’s best online hiking meetups

The San Francisco Bay Area attracts thousands of new young professionals every year, but it’s not the easiest place to meet people outside of work. And it’s particularly tough when you’re favorite activities involve slogging your way up mountains and through the woods.

But hey—this is San Francisco. We’ve built our reputation on connecting people through technology. So this week, we rounded up the best online options for folks looking to meet new Bay Area hiking buddies.

For weekend warriors: Outdoor Adventure Club

San Fransisco Outdoor Adventure Club |

The adult-only Outdoor Adventure Club is a great option for those folks who want to sample everything Northern California has to offer: hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, rafting, mountain biking, and more.

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Hike with America’s ancient trees

To New Age spiritual types, really old trees are antennae that transmit the ancient rhythms of the divine. To lumberjacks, they’re bounties of forbidden fruit. To your humble editorial director, they’re somewhat unsettling reminders of how short our time on the earth really is… and also fodder for a lot of “old wood” jokes.

We don’t know which of those resonates with you. But if any of them do, you’ll want to check out one of our favorite ancient tree hikes below.

California’s Methuselah Grove


The Bristlecone pine trees in California’s White Mountains are among the oldest trees on Earth, and they look it. The trees’ longevity is owed in part to their thick wood (hehe), which is knotted and resinous enough to repel moisture and insects. While most trees rot over time, Bristlecones erode like stone.

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Lake Tahoe’s best summer hikes

Sure, Northern California’s ski mecca had one of the crappiest snow years on record. And sure, the region’s dry streak is likely to have major economic and environmental implications.

But for now, the region’s summer hiking season (which started really early this year) is still as strong as ever. So this week, we rounded up three hikes in Tahoe that are sure to please regardless of ability.

For beginners (or kids): Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls | Bootprints

The two-mile round trip hike out to Cascade Falls offers a big payoff without much effort. After just 150 feet of climbing, hikers reach the 200-foot Cascade Falls, which spills into the lake of the same name. The base of the falls offers expansive views on Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, and the surrounding evergreen forest.

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