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Comment by Brian Longley on September 25, 2009 at 3:11pm
Mark West Creek near Santa Rosa. Drop me a line if interested in runniing this winter. Put in along the road at one of several turn-outs downstream of Mark West Lodge, where they opened a New Deli (2003). If you have breakfast there, they might allow you to park in the safety of their lot. There is a gauge on the Leslie Road bridge; at stages between 1 and 2.5 feet, this is a class IV run. I only run it at the one feet mark.
Comment by Christa Pedersen on August 26, 2009 at 9:01am
I bought the DVD Whitewater Kayaking for Women, Girls at Play and found it to be excellent. It's a great tool to view before going paddling and afterwards to post mortem my trip (a.k.a. swims) :-)
Comment by Woody Fox on April 29, 2009 at 8:43am
Ok. will do. thanks so much
Comment by Geoff Jennings on April 29, 2009 at 7:38am
Woody,

First, let me say that I love your picture! You should consider using the blog function on this site to keep a blog as you progress.

There is nothing wrong with taking it slow! You'll know better than anyone else when you're ready to move up.

You might be interested in looking for a copy of Adventure Sports Journal coming out soon. It's a free magazine you can pick up at REI and The River Store, but i've got an article coming out (not sure if it's out quite yet.) that talks about specific things you can do to build skills on easier runs such that you are prepared when it comes time to step-up.

Geoff
Comment by KrazyKayak on April 21, 2009 at 9:20pm
Can anyone Give me some Info on the elkhorn IN KY.. i am thinking about heading down this weekend ?
Comment by Dan Crandall on March 31, 2009 at 2:04pm
OK , gotta get used to that "tab" key causing messages to go out before I finish them. (<: To finish what I started: I agree that a class is the best way to go. (perhaps biased, but really believe it to be true (<: )This is especially true with whitewater kayaking, since it is a very counterintuitive sport, with a combination of boat skills and techniques (far more than are required for a rec or touring boat) and the ability to safely read and understand the river and it's hazards, play spots and fun factors. (<: Typically it takes folks about 4 days of instruction to start to be capable on their own of paddling in class 2 water, with better paddlers. These classes are going on now by the way, and the water is great on the American River, with the weather also excellent of late.
On gear, in our program we actually provide all of the paddling gear including boats and paddles etc. for our classes. This allows folks to get a better understanding of what boat(s) and other gear might work out best for them, and make that judgement before they go buy one. We also offer the used boats, as suggested earlier, and have a few left at this time, but the remaining ones are going quickly this time of year. Fall is often the best time to get a used boat. One other thing, we encourage folks to take the first 2 day class before they take a roll session, as it allows for the best progression and learning curve. We do offer roll instruction in the classes as well as a separate class in our on-site pool. Other programs are similar, though most do not have the pool available full tiem for classes.
Good luck getting into it!! Great fun and great folks once you get started in the river kayaking community! (<:
Cheers!
dan
Comment by Dan Crandall on March 31, 2009 at 1:50pm
Hi guys, Dan Crandall here as oner of Current Adventures Kayak School and The River Store in Lotus, I thought I would chime in on this one for a bit more info and since Geoff was nice enough to mention our kayak school already. (<:
Comment by Colin on March 31, 2009 at 1:43pm
tight thanks!
Comment by KrazyKayak on March 31, 2009 at 12:41pm
http://www.boatertalk.com

Look up some Dealers close to you as well. Call and see if they have any used Demos they want to get rid of. I just order a couple from old forge NY and was Very happy..
Comment by Matthew Geyer on March 31, 2009 at 12:21pm
With Craigslist and a pocket full of resin anything is possible.
 

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