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Old 09-05-2010   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
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looking for late season kayak buddy

Hi, I just got a used white water kayak yesterday. I'm getting a book so I know some basics and can understand the lingo (any suggestions of which book is the best for an absolute beginner person?) and am researching which place has reasonably priced class this time of year. None of my current friends are into the sport, so I 'm hoping to find someone or a group of women who would like to go out on the water with me. I live in N. Fort Collins. Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks much!

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Old 09-05-2010   #2
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Good time to learn with low water take a couple lessons than buy the bible. Cks in burns Vista might still offer lessons

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Old 09-05-2010   #3
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William Neely

You can pick it up for a few bucks on Amazon

Its animated but really informative.
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Old 09-05-2010   #4
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William Nealy's book is entertaining and informative.

There is a series of books Ken Whiting put out that are more technically oriented which are also good and can be found at just about any library, so no need to spend your money to find out his style is too dry to actually get through.

Either Whitewater of the Southern Rockies or Colorado Rivers and Creeks should be in your library eventually. These guidebooks are essential.
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Old 09-05-2010   #5
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Thanks, will go look at library

Thanks much for the info. I'll check to see if the library has William Nealy or Ken Whiting's books and get to reading!
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Old 09-05-2010   #6
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hey there,
im also new (couple of months), also just got a new used play boat and am also trying to get out as much as possible in the late season. i'ld definitely go paddle with you,g i t and we'll try to figure out something runnable.
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Old 09-05-2010   #7
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Thanks Carrie,
I just left you a voice message, would next Sunday work for you? The only issue is that I won't have had a class by then so I still won't know how to roll yet, which might make it not so much fun for you if I'm just trying to figure out how to roll. I just ordered a couple of book on Amazon, if I get them by then, I'll read up on rolling. I am afraid to try to roll by myself, or do you guys think that if I go in a lake and try it, it should be fine? I'm pretty confident in the water and have a lot of experience with swimming, but I really have no idea how hard it is to roll. Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2010   #8
Denver, Colorado
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hey would either of you want to go out on tuesday after 12 or wed before 3?
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Carrie too

I live in denver and have a pretty good knowledge of some good spots to go depending on water flow.
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Old 09-05-2010   #9
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Oh darn, I can't have to work, thanks for the offer.
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Kayak by William Nealy is the best book. Ken has good books, but they are dry. Nealy is better. I read the whole thing in two days.

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