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

  • Venture Outdoors vs. Florida Outfitter

    February 14, 2017

    By: Nancy Latimer

    Venture Outdoors may be a nonprofit with volunteer Trip Leaders, but it’s not a rinky dink operation. Venture Outdoors has rigorous training to ensure that all Trip Leaders follow the same format including the planning, the introduction, the safety, and the experience. Recently, I was on vacation in southwest Florida and went on an Everglades kayak tour with a commercial outfitter. Many of the Venture Outdoors checklist items were the same as my Everglades trip, but Venture Outdoors covered things more thoroughly. I was impressed that Venture Outdoors trips are on par or better!

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  • Running Outdoors in a Pittsburgh Winter

    February 7, 2017

    AN ESSENTIAL EMBER
    By: Suni Lynn Lee

    Outside the temperature hovers around 10 degrees. As I stand staring out the window, watching the wind whip the snow into sparkling spirals, I feel motivation oozing out of me. Inside it is toasty warm, and I shiver at the thought of stepping out into the cold to begin my run. But, I turn away from the window, thinking, “Today is my day to run, and I will run.”

    Dressed in layers, I feel like an abominable snowman. I stuff soft cotton into my ears, pull a wool stocking cap onto my head,

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  • Women in Nature Hike

    January 31, 2017

    By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern

    During the summer months here in Pittsburgh, adventurous women from all around the city participate in Venture Outdoors’ popular Women on the Water (WOW) programs. But, as the kayaks at North Park and on the rivers have been put away for some time now, it was time to lace up our hiking boots and try something new. 

    So, this year for the first time ever, Venture Outdoors offered the very first Women in Nature Hike! Over 25 excited women met in North Park on January 22 for a leisurely Sunday morning hike in the woods,

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with… Ken Sikora

    January 24, 2017

    By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern

    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 Ken Sikora, our Head Trip Leader Specialist.Ken

    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 was born and raised in Munhall, just south of Downtown. I went to California University of PA and studied Parks and Recreation Management.

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  • 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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Featured Outing

 

Outdoor Leadership Training
Sunday, February 28
9 AM – 5 PM

This day-long, classroom-based training is designed to improve your leadership skills in a format that fits your schedule. The eight-hour course is a fast-paced mix of skill training, awareness development and fun.

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