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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Need ideas for a Man Up destination trip

Every year, buddies and I get together for an adventure trip, doing things that sane people only do when they're coaxed into it by other friends. "I'll do it if you'll do it..."

This year, we're thinking about whitewater kayaking. Most of us have done WW rafting (Gauley, Tuolomne) and sea kayaking, but no whitewater river kayaking.

Can you guys offer some recommendations on destinations? We want to do something that's far more exciting than a run-of-the-mill experience for urban weekend warriors. Most of us are former military, and we love the adrenaline.

We're coming from all across the country, but mostly DC and Boston areas. Proximity to a major airport is important. Being able to combine with another adventure is important too. I was thinking about paragliding, hang gliding, and/or mountain biking to round out the weekend, and if you have ideas about those too, I'll take them!

Would love to hear your ideas.

Man up!!

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All kinds of shit like that to do in the Dallas area
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Man up

Climb Mt Rainier
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just a heads up, boating ain't like skiing where you just get the shit and hit the slopes, and figure it out as you go. It's expensive and takes a little while before you get to do the fun looking stuff.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #5
 
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Critter70, Thanks. That's why I'm asking you pros for the sanity check and advice. How would you set up a kick ass weekend for your buddies?
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Colorado certainly fits the bill. You need gradient for everything your talking about. Denver has a big airport, tons of hard core mt. biking, several paragliding choices, lots of river destinations.
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Of course, the whitewater chooses when and how much it flows. Not You. So planning ahead becomes problematic.

A notable whitewater stretch that is both challenging and readily available is Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River near the Utah border. The Fruita area nearby is famous for Mountain Biking. If wanting more challenge, try exploring Robber's Roost Slot Canyons by going the other direction. Info on that : http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/


If there are some experienced and aspiring climbers, then climb Otto's Route on Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument.

Accomplishing those 4 goals would be worthy of manhood.
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Colorado certainly fits the bill.
Any particular areas that I should look at? I heard some good things about Buena Vista
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Climb Mt Rainier
Been there... and Denali, too. Kayaking will be a new challenge
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Strange I've never heard a good thing about that place...

Denver Metro is way more MAN than anywhere, ever; and all the craft beer and hippie cabbage you and an army could ever need, at fair prices.

Good luck.

As a side note new favorite, is classic road trip to any destination with some fishing poles and a boat in tow. Two weeks or more if you can swing it. An unlimited budget would be best, though that's not my style. Do as the wild robusta's did: swim.
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