Kayak Pittsburgh 2015 Season In Review

By: The Kayak Pittsburgh Team8141807265_9b3dc289f3_b

It’s hard to believe that we’re already closed for the season and that we’re starting to plan for 2016. The 2015 Kayak Pittsburgh season started off with a bang in May and then slowed due to all the rain we received in mid-June through mid-July (unsafe kayaking conditions which were up to 3x our maximum water flow rate – yes, that’s a lot of rain!). However, the rain didn’t last too long and as the summer months passed, we were delighted with the wonderful weather and sunny days. We were even able to send kayaks out on the water clear through the middle of October!

Kayak Pittsburgh’s popularity as an outdoor recreation amenity in the area has grown tremendously over the past several years and we couldn’t do it without you! This season over 35,489 hours of boating were enjoyed between our two locations and we put a total of 48,509 kayakers out on the water to enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation. But as you know, we’re not just about kayaking! At North Park we also offer canoes, pedal boats, rowboats, and stand-up paddleboards.

21954778993_855424ae47_kWe’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for making 2015 a record-setting season! We’ve never had so many people out on the water and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you for coming out to kayak, bringing your friends and family and spreading the word about your positive experiences. Next year we will host an exciting number of new additions at Kayak Pittsburgh, but you’ll have to wait to find out what. We can’t wait to see you on the water in 2016!

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OUTDOOR News

  • Volunteering with Venture Outdoors

    January 17, 2017

    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!

     

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    Volunteering with us is a great way to share your passion for the outdoors,

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  • A Festive Trip to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper!

    January 10, 2017

    By: John B. Joyce and John L. Joyce

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    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,

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  • A Brief Adventure in British Columbia

    January 3, 2017

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    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.

    Billy Dixon and Girlfriend VaniaThe 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,

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  • My 2017 New Years Resolution – #GetOutside

    December 27, 2016

    by Cheyenne Knight, former Kayak Pittsburgh Marketing Intern 

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    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 chey4discover a little piece of home wherever I wandered in the city and the surrounding areas.

    Once I moved to Pittsburgh and began classes,

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  • Urban Safari Hike

    December 20, 2016

    by Grace Eggleston, Photography Intern

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    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!

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    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
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Kayak Pittsburgh

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!

Featured Outing

Women In Nature

 

Women in Nature Hike
Sunday, January 22
9 – 11:30 AM

We’re going to enjoy a Sunday hike in the woods! Female leaders will lead the group on a 3 – 4 mile hike through local parks. When you come with us you WIN! Beverages and light refreshments will be provided after the hike.

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