The Adventure Society

Forget running up the down escalator to get your thrills in this city—the Adventure Society takes its members hang-gliding, boulder-scaling and whitewater rafting. Founded in 2001 by Alaska native Serena Walker and billed as New York’s first “outdoor activity and travel social organization,” the club packs its weekends with outward-bound trips. Costs range between $55 and $250, and include equipment rental, guide fees and roundtrip transportation.So can newbies keep up with the Indiana Joneses? “Absolutely,” says Walker, adding that each activity is denoted by a recommended experience level. Adventurers are generally in their late twenties to midforties, though it’s not unusual to find older couples or a group of college friends in attendance. Upcoming activities include archery, zip-lining, snow-tubing, caving and ATV-ing, but start by signing up for Sunday 15’s “Learn to Ice Climb” day trip or the mountain horseback ride and optional wine tasting on Saturday 21. Call 212-620-5348 or visit for more info. And bring your whip!—Mike Dang

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