By Alex Downing, Communications Intern
One of the most mesmerizing things about nature is that no matter where you come from or where you have been, there is always somewhere more exotic, somewhere wilder for you to explore. You hiked the Amazon and summitted Everest? Congrats, but what about the Outback or Kilimanjaro? There is so much natural beauty in so many forms that even the most well-traveled of us can always find some location more amazing than the last.
Growing up in the comforts of suburban Pittsburgh with a few acres of woods surrounding my house,
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By Jacob Tumminello, Communications Intern
Karen Gainey might as well have been born with a rod and reel in her hands. Since she was four years old Gainey has loved fishing and challenges herself to accumulate and share as much knowledge as possible. She is a certified instructor for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, has hosted her own fishing television show, and has fished in professional tournaments.
“Someone once asked me how passionate about fishing I really am, and I told them I’d be catching fish in my bathtub if I thought there was a way” said Karen.
» Read more about: Karen Gainey’s Fishing Tips »
By: Jacob Tumminello, Communications Intern
Although Pittsburgh created its legacy primarily in the steel industry, those familiar with the drastic improvement in the quality of its waters will tell you that the rivers are home to a wide variety of large and small fish. Pittsburghers are often unaware of the quality fishing available in the area. Throughout the years anglers have taken advantage of the many popular fishing spots, allowing for enjoyable recreational outings and a great fishing experience.
The rivers of Pittsburgh experienced a dramatic decrease in pollution following cleanup efforts after the steel mills closed and now provide a stable ecosystem for freshwater life.
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We are continuing our staff spotlight series. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, be it public, family-friendly, or custom outings. Learn about those who work inside so you can get outside.
This week we’ll be interviewing Jayme Penner, our Membership and Special Projects Coordinator.
1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?
I grew up in Pittsburgh. I went to Chatham University and majored in Business. For a short time period,
» Read more about: Getting to Know our Staff… 13 Questions with Jayme Penner »
By: Cheyenne Knight
When I signed up for my first half marathon, I vowed to train entirely outdoors. I knew that climbing on a treadmill day after day to stare at the same patch of grass, the same residence hall, and the same students walking to class for four months of training would take all the fun out of it.
So I vowed to train outdoors, even if that meant enduring weather that I never ran in and exploring parts of Pittsburgh that I never saw before. I took it as an opportunity to challenge myself mentally, physically,
» Read more about: Rediscovering Nature beneath the Soles of My Sneakers »
By: Neal Monaghan
Well opening day wasn’t what we were hoping for – the weather forced us to remain closed. We’re thinking positive thoughts about this upcoming weekend, hoping the Pittsburgh weather cooperates so yinz can get on the water! Kayak Pittsburgh will be open on weekends only until the season kicks into gear on Memorial Day. Our North Park and North Shore locations will be open in May, and the Aspinwall Riverfront Park location will follow shortly after the season gets up and running. This is an exciting time for staff, Venture Outdoors members, and our casual customers.
» Read more about: A Letter from a Kayak Pittsburgh Supervisor »
Kayak Pittsburgh 2017 Season
We are just a few days away from the start of our 2017 Kayak Pittsburgh season and we can’t wait to see you on the water! We pride ourselves in giving you the best customer service, instruction, and on-water experience in the ‘Burgh so over the last few months we’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to prepare for our best summer yet! Remember to follow us on social media for all of the latest information on weather conditions, hours, and promotions.
Check out what’s new this year!
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By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern
As an intern at Venture Outdoors I am able to participate in a lot of awesome outings. Over the past eight months I have tried just about everything from long distance hikes and wakeup paddles to geocaching and nature photography walks. (The cool thing, though, is that after all this time there are still programs I have yet to try!)
I count myself lucky that I get to go on these outings and take pictures of all the awesome people I meet and the exciting things we see along the way.
» Read more about: My Favorite Venture Outdoors Outings »
By: Grace Cooper
Whether a comedy, a thriller, or a heartwarming film, there was something for everyone at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
This year was my first festival — and definitely not my last. I’ve seen my share of outdoor adventure documentaries, but these films were different. They weren’t just educational; they told a story. As a volunteer at the event, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of people at the festival about their favorite films of the weekend. So, although all the films were absolutely incredible,
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By: Grace Cooper
I never enjoyed hiking much as a child—it always involved bugs and sweating. Other than the ugly shoes and the wild animals it sort of reminded me of walking through a museum. There were a lot of similarities: it was uninteresting, my feet hurt, and my parents forced me to do it. But, as I grew older and more interested in finding a way to escape the stress of school, I began to appreciate hiking as the true sport it is. In high school I hiked a fair amount in the Shenandoah Valley and Washington National Forrest;
» Read more about: The City of Stairs »