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Old 07-11-2008   #1
Olathe, Kansas
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buena vista kayak lessons?

Hello all,

I would like to find out about kayak rental and lessons. I'll be vacationing in Gunnison & Buena Vista July 20-26. I would like to learn to pilot a kayak myself, as opposed to a raft trip with 8-10 people on the same boat. I am fairly adventurous and a strong swimmer, but I have little whitewater experience. How much can I expect to learn in a day or two? Can you recommend any outfitters or tour guides?

Thanks much,


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Old 07-11-2008   #2
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Not sure on guides in that area but I am sure there are a ton.

Day one in a kayak lesson of two day will most likely be on flatwater, or at least I think it should be. Learning to wet exit, paddle strokes, edge control, and explain rolling in the afternoon so you have a baseline when you get on moving water

Day two is on the river and in class 2 maybe a controlled 3 where you will have a blast. Expect to swim, have fun, and learn alot about how current affects a boat

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Old 07-11-2008   #3
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Kayakfreakus--thanks for the info and links. I'm considering a full day Brown's Canyon trip with either RMOC or Buffalo Joe. What do you think?

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buff joe was a good time last year....
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Old 07-11-2008   #5
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Inflatable Kayaks

You may want to check around and see if any outfitters offer trips down Browns using inflatable kayaks (IKs). IKs can be a blast for beginners, a great introduction to kayaking. They're more stable and forgiving than a hard shell kayak, and you don't have to worry about details like rolling, etc.
If you fall out, you simply climb back in and keep going.

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Old 07-11-2008   #6
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RMOC is the best place for kayak lessons or duckie trips on the Arkansas. They also provide all of the gear that you will need during the lesson.
Kayaking lessons & instruction on Colorado's Arkansas River, guided mountain bike trips, and rock climbing lessons for kids & adults

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