I paddle an IK and live in the north end of Phoenix. I don't get out as much as I would like to, and could use a paddle partner. I am not a beginner, but I am not all that experienced either. It has been a while since I ran anything bigger than class 1-2 in my IK. Most of my trips of late have been on scenic rivers. I did a couple day trips on the Rio Grande in Creede, co and a couple on the Verde.
I will be headed to Colorado in August and I plan to run the Animas in Durango and the Ark near Colorado Springs.
Feel free to PM me if you need someone to get on the water with.