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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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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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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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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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Call Brandon at the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, he can help you craft the type of adventure your looking for. They offer many different activities, and have one of the best paddling schools in the state. If you want to kayak whitewater they will do everything possible to help make it happen. Plus they offer climbing, mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking and backpacking trips.

Kayak School Instruction, SUP, Rafting Brown's Canyon, Arkansas River Colorado
 

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RMOC could be good, and the Arkansas river valley is a pretty awesome place to boat, would also give the option to take a day and raft Royal Gorge or Numbers if you wanted to check out some bigger western white water. Try to time it so those sections are not closed due to potentially very high water this spring, even when they are, other sections are a kick in the pants. Ark has over 100 miles of white water to chose from. Used to guide Royal Gorge and always had a lot of fun there, modified bungie jumping( called the sky coaster) off the rim is available, and going for a helicopter ride with the old vietnam pilot IN the canyon is a great time.
 

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Could also do pretty much a tour from the numbers down to Canon city, which would have a lot to offer. Definitely go with some instruction for the Kayaking, as it tends to be more of a shity/ dangerous time without it, think a little bit more along lines of building for subsequent adventures!
If you ever want to get out to CO in August, Big Gore canyon is one of the hardest sections of commercially run white water in the country. AVA and Timberline rafting run it out of Granite Co, and require a boating resume before they will take a crew up there, runs like the upper Gauley and Royal Gorge at high water a few times are usually in the requirements, along with swimming rapids, flip drills and the like. Would be something to plan for down the road if you want to run some big stuff in the future. Definitely an awesome, but take it very seriously, section!
 

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Just saying, if your looking for a man up adventure, kayak school ain't it. It's learning the fundamentals and figuring it out. Look at I this way, golf can be fun, doesn't even look hard, first time you try...... sucks a big one, gotta learn the fundamentals. I try to tell anyone I meet who says I want to learn to kayak, see all that cool stuff they are doing over there, well that's not you for a little while, let's go train in flat water. Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome sport, but not exactly balzout at first, well it can be, but......
 

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Another vote for Brandon at Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center. (known locally as RMOC) If I were you I would ask him about doing an inflatable kayak (ducky) trip through Browns Canyon. Duckies aren't as 'cool' as kayaks but they're much more stable. You could potentially take a ducky down something way more exciting your first time than you could a kayak. You could get your fill of adrenaline/carnage in a slightly more controlled and safer set up. Then they could point you to some of the awesome mountain biking we have in the area. Or fishing, or 4-wheeling, or ????, whatever your heart desires.
 

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Ohiopyle, PA

I recommend you check out Ohiopyle, Pa if you haven't already. Has great kayaking and decent mountain biking/ rock climbing - Only 3 hours away from DC. It's a sweet place, and a really good river to learn how to kayak. I'd also recommend Wilderness Adventures over the other outfitters for bike/ kayak rentals, they have a one stop shop for everything, are are great people, and have a sweet bar on the property.
 

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I recommend you check out Ohiopyle, Pa
Kirks, I read about the Yough for rafting. Will have to look into Ohiopyle, too.

I love all the CO ideas. Just returned from skiing Telluride and it's just one awesome state!.

Anyone have suggestions for doing this in the East, perhaps NC, TN or ME?
 

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Dont expect to just jump in a kayak and run a whitewater river. Think Deliverance as your paradigm. Maybe some rental duckies like Critter says would be a safer bet.
 
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