"The great thing about this is that no experience is needed," says gym owner Paul Dief. "Beginners will watch a video, receive a hands-on demonstration, and then they're climbing. The bottom line is we'll teach you everything you need to know."
Phoenix Rock Gym is located at 1353 East University in Tempe. For details call 480-921-8322 or visit www.phoenixrockgym.com. - Craig Wallach
Taking aim at Ben Avery Range
Thwang! With five field ranges and plenty of distance lanes, Ben Avery Archery Range welcomes Zen archers as well as techno buffs. The pretty broad head course winds through a desert arbor and offers a practice tree stand. Go early in the morning to beat the heat and to see a bevy of wildlife. And pack the bug spray -- this is real desert. Amenities include air-conditioned rest rooms, a shady picnic area, barbecue grills and a playground. Use the main entrance to Ben Avery, just west of I-17 on Carefree Highway. The range is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until September 1. Admission is $5; kids younger than 18 get in free. For more information, call 623-583-8313.- Kim Toms