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Stephen Gaspar

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Scaling the real thing—as opposed to an indoor contrivance—is the fast track to climbing prowess, and you’re out in the bracing air and sunlight as well. Stephen Gaspar, with the assistance of fellow climber Colin McPike, gives private lessons at Point Dume’s Westward Beach…


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Stronghold Climbing Gym

Brewery Arts Complex, 650 S. Avenue 21, Lincoln Heights, CA, 90031


Housed in a defunct brewery turned artist community, the Stronghold Climbing Gym offers both roped climbing and bouldering (unroped climbing on 10- to 20-foot-high walls)

Website: http://strongholdclimb.com

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Studio 1-on-1

2469 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291


At six on a misty Venice morning, the only bodies in sight on normally jammed Lincoln Boulevard are making for the local McDonald’s or, following a higher purpose, Studio 1-on-1…

Website: http://www.privatefitnesscenter.com


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Studio for Southern California History

977 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012


In a nondescript Chinatown storefront, between a fortune-teller and the Pasadena Freeway, is the Studio for Southern California History: part museum, part library, and all-around hangout.

Website: http://socalstudio.org/


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Sullivan Canyon

Queensferry Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90049

The thick limbs of western sycamores can grow low enough to the ground that it doesn’t take Tarzan skills to hop on and shimmy along

Website: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/SullivanCanyon_4472.asp


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Superior Saddlery

1026 Leorita St., Los Angeles, CA, 91706


Custom saddles are to equestrians what haute couture is to fashion mavens: made to fit you and you alone…

Website: http://www.superiorsaddlery.com/

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The Greens

26501 McBean Pkwy., Los Angeles, CA, 91355


Miniature golf long ago made the leap from sport to kitsch. The game became secondary to the amusement, a goof played on worn carpets amid the requisite windmills and pirate ships…

Website: http://www.placesofamerica.com/golf/1010867.html

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The Landmark

8053 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048


Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas used to tone their pecs at EASTON GYM HOLLYWOOD, which in its eighth decade continues to attract actors with its well-stocked weight area and unpretentious aesthetic (brick walls and casement windows that open)…

Website: http://eastongymhollywood.com/


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Toyota Speedway at Irwindale

500 Speedway Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91706


A Honda Accord isn’t supposed to smoke a Corvette in a drag race, but at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, that kind of thing happens all the time…

Website: http://toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com/index.asp

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Tregnan Golf Academy

4341 Griffith Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027


Get your kid off grand theft Auto and into the great outdoors with golf…

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Two Felons Skate Co.

14125 Lambert Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90605


With nearly 500 boards in stock—for street skaters, vert skaters, downhill skaters, pool skaters, and none for the surf or snow—Two Felons is as uncompromising as its owners…

Website: http://www.2felons.com/

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Unplug Meditation

12401 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 101, Brentwood, CA, 90025


At Brentwood’s Unplug meditation inner contemplation skews more to basic mindfulness than karmic evolution

Website: http://www.unplugmeditation.com

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Up Up & Away Kites

139 ½ Main St., Seal Beach, CA, 90740


Fabric stretched on a diamond-shaped frame and a piece of string: How complicated can a kite be? Quite. There are more than a hundred styles at Up Up & Away Kites in Seal Beach…

Website: http://www.upupandawaykites.com/

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Venice Beach Courts

1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA, 90291

The four courts at Venice Beach attract athletes of all skill levels and not, as urban legend would have it, only the city’s premier ballers

Website: http://www.venicebeach.com/handball

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Venice Boulevard

., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

Choose Venice Boulevard, which has a bike lane—an L.A. rarity—that runs from Crenshaw to the coast.

Website: http://www.la-bike.org


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Vermont Canyon Road

2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

Head to Griffith Park about an hour before sunset, and take the unmarked trail that starts right off Vermont Canyon Road (it’s about 100 yards south of the Greek Theatre).

Website: http://www.griffithobservatory.org


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Veterans Administration Golf Course

11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90025


In the time it takes our brethren to work through the queue at Rancho Park, we’re already on the fourth hole at the par 3 Veterans Administration Golf Course in Brentwood…

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Virginia Avenue Park

2200 Virginia Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90404


Backyard sprinklers pale in comparison with the fountains and sprays at Virginia Avenue Park. On a hot summer day, young refreshment seekers run beneath the arcing spurts of water…

Website: http://www01.smgov.net/hsd/vap.htm

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