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Old 01-10-2014   #1
Denver, Colorado
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How do you plan your trip? Super quick survey

Hello all,

I'm just getting into whitewater kayaking, and I'm curious to see people are using digital information to plan their outings. If anyone has an extra 2 minutes, I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts by taking this super quick survey I made @

If we can get enough people to respond, I can post the results- I think its an interesting topic.



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Old 01-13-2014   #2
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Survey Results

Hey everyone thanks for the responses! Over 100 people answered. As a techy nerd and outdoor enthusiast, it was super interesting to see these.

1. What is your experience level as a kayaker?

most chose: Advanced (3+ years)
followed by: Novice

2. Think back to all your river outings in 2013. What percentage of those outings did you use a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone to find information relevant to those trips?

most chose: 90-100%
followed by: 75-90%

3. What percentage of your river outings are you on new water?

most chose: 10-25%,
followed by: 25-50%

4. The next time I prepare for a trip I will most likely spend my time...

searching for specifics about a body of water (destination known) 76%
searching for new places (destination not known) 24%

5. What is the single most important piece of information you like to know about a body of water before you kayak there?

most chose: water levels (cfs)
followed by: difficulty/ class

6. Regarding your answer from question 5...

most chose: I can usually find that information online
followed by: I can always find that information online

7. On average, how many digital sources do you reference about a body of water before kayaking it?

most chose: 2
followed by: 3

8. Most often, I am using multiple sources of information because...

most chose: The information I want is spread amongst several sources
followed by: I like to have the most information possible

9. What is your main source of information for planning a kayaking trip?

most chose: A general internet search
followed by: a wide range of sources

10. Please rank the following information (in terms of importance) when you are preparing for a kayaking trip.

1. water conditions (flows & temperature)
2. general description (difficulty, length, gradient, elevations)
3. map (property, individual rapids, put-in take-out, etc...)
4. weather conditions
5. reports/ tips
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