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Our Trip Leader Council spends a lot of their free time with us (and we mean A LOT of time). We’re unbelievably grateful for it but we’ve also been wondering why they do it. So we asked! Find out why these Trip Leaders volunteer their time and what their favorite part about volunteering is!
Volunteering with us is a great way to share your passion for the outdoors,
By: John B. Joyce and John L. Joyce
A rite of passage in the Burgh each spring is attending the Banff Mountain Film Festival (“BMFF”) World Tour of films sponsored locally by Venture Outdoors. The intro to the films always shows the picturesque town of Banff in the twilight glowing like a Thomas Kindade painting. I always think to myself it would be cool to actually attend the festival for the premiere and selection of the films that will ultimately tour the far reaches of the world. Last spring,
By: Billy Dixon
After about 14 hours of flights and layovers, I arrived in Vancouver, BC – a city consistently deemed one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. I could understand why as I toured the magical city, surrounded by vast expanses of blue water and snowcapped mountains.
The next day my girlfriend, Vani, and I took a shuttle to Squamish – also referred to as the adventure capital of Canada. Upon arrival, we realized the estuary we had chosen for paddle boarding would be at low tide most the day,
by Cheyenne Knight, former Kayak Pittsburgh Marketing Intern
As someone who grew up in an extremely rural area where outdoor adventure could be found within a 15-minute drive in all directions, Pittsburgh’s abundant green space appealed to my inner aesthete. With Schenley Park practically in my backyard, Frick Park a few miles down the road, and places like Ohiopyle only a drive away, I knew that I would be able to discover a little piece of home wherever I wandered in the city and the surrounding areas.
Once I moved to Pittsburgh and began classes,
by Grace Eggleston, Photography Intern
The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and we all had our hiking boots on. The trip leaders counted off the twenty smiling participants and we started off down the street two by two. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful November day for the Venture Outdoors Urban Safari Hike!
The hike began at Mullin’s Diner, and over the next three hours we leisurely made our way through the highlights of the North Side’s extensive neighborhood streets. First we climbed up a set of stairs (371 to be ex
All locations of Kayak Pittsburgh are now closed for the season. Thanks for joining us, we’ll see you back on the water in May!
Women in Nature Hike
Sunday, January 22
9 – 11:30 AM