Monday Night Meetups are Back!
It’s that time of year again! The rivers are (slowly) coming up, and kayakers of all levels are coming out of hibernation itching to hit the river. Many newer kayakers are just finishing up a series of beginning pool sessions or their first time on moving water. Many of the more experienced kayakers are scraping down the play park to dust off the cobwebs while checking flows daily, in anticipation of more runs opening up. This time of year can be tough, the ski slopes are less than ideal and runoff season is not quite in sight.
Colorado Whitewater provides many opportunities for boaters to get out on the water and learn. Our winter pool sessions and lessons are wrapping up for the season, Training Camp has come and gone for another year and Cruises and River Weekends will span the summer. For many, these are great opportunities and a great way to get out into the whitewater community. For the dedicated paddler, getting out more often than this will be the goal.
Luckily, Monday Night Meetups are back! You may be wondering what these meetups are? Essentially it is a standing invitation every Monday at 5:30 PM for boaters of all ability levels. Location changes dependent on flow (full details at the bottom of the page). This is not a CW run event, so membership is not necessary, just the desire to come out and play!
For the beginner paddler, this is an amazing place to come connect with other members of the whitewater community, experience the basics of river running and get more comfortable for the upcoming season. Many newer paddlers assume that to join in on river activities they will need a bomb proof roll. This is definitely not the case here! The goal of these meetups is to provide a supportive environment for all levels to improve. Remember, the only way to get better at kayaking is to get out there and practice. This means getting a little outside of your comfort level, but remember everyone started somewhere and there will always be friends around to help with swims or any other situations that may arise here. There is always a mixed ability level present so don’t be surprised if you walk away from the meetups with a new mentor or two to help you along your kayaking journey.
For the more experienced paddler, this is a great place to come warm back up for the season, meet new paddling friends and have a chance to help out newer paddlers. Have a friend or significant other that you’ve always wanted to introduce to the sport but didn’t feel comfortable attempting it alone? This may be the place to help and be helped! Anything from chasing boats to sharing tips and tricks are always welcome and appreciated here. We will always try to meet at a location that provides surf waves and opportunity for eddy catching, ferries, etc as well. Remember, there is opportunity to improve on every stretch of river!
Monday Night Meetups will run as long as the water levels allow giving plenty of opportunity to come check it out. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
**Last updated 6/16/19** the meetups will be held at Reynolds Landing (meet in the parking lot near the Breckenridge Brewery Littleton location), contact Ruth Eipper at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions or further questions. Looking for further opportunities to link up for after work paddling? Check out “Front Range Weeknight Paddlers” on Facebook.