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Where to Kayak in Colorado—No Matter Your Level

Six outstanding whitewater runs to add to this fall’s “must-do” list. By Terri Cook for Westword Magazine Summer is in full swing, and the state’s rivers are primed for kayaking after all the recent rain. While paddlers might be thrilled to seize the opportunity to run a few stretches, with the waters high, it’s more important than ever to keep safety first. Matt Mattes, head guide at Dvorak Expeditions, the state’s first (and longest) licensed outfitter, says that paddlers should check run descriptions, which often depend upon the flows, and the latest water levels, before launching—while high-flowing rivers are a kayaker’s dream, they can also be a nightmare if you’re not prepared. “The rating scales have a lot to do with water levels (how big and pushy versus technical and rocky), and how accessible a run is (how far from…

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August 22, 2016

What you need to know before you buy your first kayak

I found an article written for anyone who is a kayaking beginner and who is thinking about buying their very first kayak. The author Scott Edwards is describing a “good ´all around´ kayak affording the paddler a plethora of paddling opportunities.”. I thought that this could be an interesting article to many of our awesome…

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July 7, 2014