The Beauty of Hiking

By: Chloe Seletz, Communications Intern 

When I am asked what my dream vacation would be, it is always a no brainer. Anywhere I can go hiking. I spent a portion of my childhood living in San Francisco which is where I discovered the beauty of hiking. Every Sunday, my family and I took advantage of the amazing trails California has to offer. Even at a young age, I remember the feeling of getting to the top of a mountain and seeing such mesmerizing views.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel and hike in many different places.

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Art in the Outdoors

By: Joshua Tenebaum

This past week I spent a bit of time developing and furthering my blog post project and compiling photographs and field recordings to showcase to the Venture Outdoors community. Liz Fager and Jessica Wiegand both approached me about writing a blog post to be featured on the Venture Outdoors website. I began reading the other posts to determine an appropriate topic and voice for my writing; I decided to write about art and the outdoors. A rather broad topic, I specifically chose to speak about why I make art, my process, and my impressions of nature whenever I venture outdoors.

 » Read more about: Art in the Outdoors  »

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TriAnglers Lunchtime Fishing Returns

By: Jacob Tumminello, Fishing & Communications Intern

TriAnglers Lunch Time fishing, hosted by Venture Outdoors, returns to Pittsburgh for its 15th year. Tucked under the Roberto Clemente Bridge is a group of enthusiastic anglers dedicated to sharing the joy and art of fishing. TriAnglers provides bait and equipment allowing participants to fish at no cost.

When Sean Brady (formerly of Venture Outdoors) and Karen Gainey founded TriAnglers in 2002, their main goal was to reintroduce the health of Pittsburgh’s rivers to residents by delivering a quality fishing experience to anyone. “Fishing is great because it slows you down,” said Karen Gainey.

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What’s SUP at North Park?

By:  Cheyenne Knight, Assistant Kayak Pittsburgh Supervisor

If you have visited our Kayak Pittsburgh North Park location in the past month or so, you might have noticed a new piece of equipment in the boathouse. It’s white, green, gray, and black, has quite a few straps running across the top, and is shaped like a surf board. You won’t be riding the waves with our latest toy, but you will get to paddle your way around the lake on one of the neatest stand up paddleboards (SUP) we have ever had at Kayak Pittsburgh.

The Outfitter by Body Glove is an 11-foot,

 » Read more about: What’s SUP at North Park?  »

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New Adventures Ahead for Lora Woodward

Ten years ago today, I was living in Thailand and starting to pack for a long flight back to the U.S. I had spent the past year as a teaching intern and boarding supervisor at an international school outside Chiang Mai and was preparing to return stateside. I had plenty of time to think about the ominous “future” that lay ahead. I wanted to return to Pittsburgh, where I attended college, and be part of the community development efforts that I saw enriching the city. There was a buzz I just had to be part of. After leading a trail building crew at Crater Lake National Park for the Student Conservation Association,

 » Read more about: New Adventures Ahead for Lora Woodward  »

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A Trip to Iceland

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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Karen Gainey’s Fishing Tips

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.

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The Steel City Oasis

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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Getting to Know our Staff… 13 Questions with Jayme Penner

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,

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Rediscovering Nature beneath the Soles of My Sneakers

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,

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OUTDOOR News

  • The Beauty of Hiking

    July 25, 2017

    By: Chloe Seletz, Communications Intern 

    When I am asked what my dream vacation would be, it is always a no brainer. Anywhere I can go hiking. I spent a portion of my childhood living in San Francisco which is where I discovered the beauty of hiking. Every Sunday, my family and I took advantage of the amazing trails California has to offer. Even at a young age, I remember the feeling of getting to the top of a mountain and seeing such mesmerizing views.

    Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel and hike in many different places.

     » Read more about: The Beauty of Hiking  »

  • Art in the Outdoors

    July 18, 2017

    By: Joshua Tenebaum

    This past week I spent a bit of time developing and furthering my blog post project and compiling photographs and field recordings to showcase to the Venture Outdoors community. Liz Fager and Jessica Wiegand both approached me about writing a blog post to be featured on the Venture Outdoors website. I began reading the other posts to determine an appropriate topic and voice for my writing; I decided to write about art and the outdoors. A rather broad topic, I specifically chose to speak about why I make art, my process, and my impressions of nature whenever I venture outdoors.

     » Read more about: Art in the Outdoors  »

  • TriAnglers Lunchtime Fishing Returns

    July 11, 2017

    By: Jacob Tumminello, Fishing & Communications Intern

    TriAnglers Lunch Time fishing, hosted by Venture Outdoors, returns to Pittsburgh for its 15th year. Tucked under the Roberto Clemente Bridge is a group of enthusiastic anglers dedicated to sharing the joy and art of fishing. TriAnglers provides bait and equipment allowing participants to fish at no cost.

    When Sean Brady (formerly of Venture Outdoors) and Karen Gainey founded TriAnglers in 2002, their main goal was to reintroduce the health of Pittsburgh’s rivers to residents by delivering a quality fishing experience to anyone. “Fishing is great because it slows you down,” said Karen Gainey.

     » Read more about: TriAnglers Lunchtime Fishing Returns  »

  • What’s SUP at North Park?

    July 4, 2017

    By:  Cheyenne Knight, Assistant Kayak Pittsburgh Supervisor

    If you have visited our Kayak Pittsburgh North Park location in the past month or so, you might have noticed a new piece of equipment in the boathouse. It’s white, green, gray, and black, has quite a few straps running across the top, and is shaped like a surf board. You won’t be riding the waves with our latest toy, but you will get to paddle your way around the lake on one of the neatest stand up paddleboards (SUP) we have ever had at Kayak Pittsburgh.

    The Outfitter by Body Glove is an 11-foot,

     » Read more about: What’s SUP at North Park?  »

  • New Adventures Ahead for Lora Woodward

    June 27, 2017

    Ten years ago today, I was living in Thailand and starting to pack for a long flight back to the U.S. I had spent the past year as a teaching intern and boarding supervisor at an international school outside Chiang Mai and was preparing to return stateside. I had plenty of time to think about the ominous “future” that lay ahead. I wanted to return to Pittsburgh, where I attended college, and be part of the community development efforts that I saw enriching the city. There was a buzz I just had to be part of. After leading a trail building crew at Crater Lake National Park for the Student Conservation Association,

     » Read more about: New Adventures Ahead for Lora Woodward  »

Featured Outing

Beginner Paddle – North Shore
Multiple Dates
6:00 – 8:30 PM

We’ll start with instruction and practice, and then head onto the Allegheny River to see just how easy it is to paddle. Bedazzled by the gorgeous Pittsburgh skyline, you won’t even realize that you’re suddenly paddling like a pro! Equipment, guides and instruction are provided. Solo kayaks are highly recommended for this outing.


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