Colorado Whitewater hosts a fall dinner each year featuring a guest speaker to help raise money for the club and to conduct its annual election of board of directors.
Colorado Whitewater's 2019 Fall Dinner and Annual Elections
Join your CW friends at this year's annual Fall Dinner! We have Peter Heller joining us to share stories of his writing and travels, a great prize drawing for our Cruise Leaders (you don't need to be present to win), and elections for the 2020 board of directors. Did we mention a delish Mexican dinner and beer from our sponsor, TBD.
Date: Rescheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
5:30 - Doors Open; Beer and Wine/Socialize (BYOB)
6:00 - Mexican Dinner, vegetarian options available
7:15 - Announcements and Annual Elections
7:45 - Guest Speaker Peter Heller
8:30 - Socialize/Cleanup
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Catered by Bonfire Burritos
An assortment of soda will be provided, beer will be donated by TBD, wine will be donated by Winesellers, Ltd. You're welcome to bring your own beverage as well.
Members - $20
Non-members - $25
At the door - $30*
* Online ticket sales will be available through
October 26 December 4th. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $30 for members and non-members alike. It really helps with food planning to buy your tickets in advance. No promises of yummy food for you if you wait!
Guest Speaker: Peter Heller
Colorado Whitewater is thrilled to announce Peter Heller will be the featured presenter at CW’s Fall Dinner. Peter is a celebrated adventure writer, author of four award-winning books of literary nonfiction, and a critically acclaimed novelist. A longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, Peter has traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru. He was the first man, with Kiwi paddler Roy Bailey, to kayak the Muk Su River in the High Pamirs of Tadjikistan, a 17-day trip of massive whitewater through a canyon inhabited by wolves and snow leopards.
In the winter of 2002 Peter joined, on the ground team, the most ambitious whitewater expedition in history as it made its way through the treacherous Tsangpo Gorge in Eastern Tibet. He chronicled what has been called The Last Great Adventure Prize for Outside, and in his book Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. The book won a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was number three on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” of all pop culture, and a Denver Post review ranked it “up there with any adventure writing ever written.”
Peter’s debut novel, The Dog Stars (2012), was selected as an Atlantic Monthly and San Francisco Examiner Best Book of the Year, while Heller’s second novel, The Painter (2014), won the Colorado Book Award and the prestigious Reading the West Book Award. Celine (2017), Peter’s third novel, was a Library Journal editor’s pick.
Heller’s most recent novel is the critically acclaimed National Bestseller, The River, which tells the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, whitewater, and violence. “I came up as a kayaker and love running rivers I’d never run,” Heller recently explained to reporter Jennifer Mulson. “Narrative can be like a river. You follow it around a corner, and you never know what’s going to be there. Before you know it, the story comes into something I’d been really concerned about for a long time.” CW’s Fall Dinner will be held on
Tuesday, October 29th December 11th at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. This special event is sure to sell out quickly. Don’t miss it. Sign up soon.
Previous Year's Fall Dinners
2018 Fall Dinner:
Guest Speaker: Abby Holcombe, Imagine chasing whitewater full-time in a 170 sq. foot RV with your parents for 5 years? Come join 14 year old Abby Holcombe as she talks about her favorite rivers across the country including; Ottawa River, Kennebec River, and many more and how all these rivers and their communities have left her with important kayaking and life lessons that she will always carry with her and skills that have led her to bigger kayaking opportunities such as the remote Magpie River she paddled this summer.
2017 Fall Dinner:
Guest Speaker: Tom Martin, Grand Canyon historian and guide book author. Tom will presented a 50 minute behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book “From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon.”
2016 Fall Dinner:
Guest Speaker: Scot Grossman, Jefferson County Open Space Special Projects Coordinator, gave a short presentation on the Peaks the Plains Trail project in Clear Creek Canyon.
2015 Fall Dinner:
2015 Colorado Whitewater Association Fall Dinner
Speaker: Landis Arnold
All sales are final for annual dinners, Spring Kickoff/Movie Night, and memberships.
Become an Event Sponsor:
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Josh Daniels at Jtdaniel81@gmail.com