Kerry http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/member/1/a/4/7/member_7266727.jpeg

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Pittsburgh Kayakers http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/1/6/a/b/global_20765803.jpeg 20060621
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Pittsburgh, PAUSA 15221

Member since:

April 27, 2009

Introduction

I'm an enthusiastic flat-water kayaker, looking for fellow local paddlers. Have two extra sets of boats and gear to share, too.

What kind of kayak(s) do you have, if any? Feel free to answer generally (recreational, touring, sea kayak, etc.) or specifically (color, length, make, model)

I have 3 touring/sea kayaks at the moment (the fleet changes from time to time). The one in my profile photo is a hand-built skin-on-frame reproduction of a Greenland Eskimo hunting qajaq, with a steam-bent wood skeleton covered with 8 ounce ballistic nylon coated with urethane. At 18' long and 21" wide "Willow Leaf" only weighs 32 lbs and is very fast and tracks like an arrow. The cedar Greenland style paddle in the photo is my favorite means of locomotion in the water. Other boats are a bright green 15' Venture Easky 15LV ("Snow Pea") and a 16' red Feathercraft Wisper folding kayak ("Imaqsiut") that I can take on a plane in a duffel bag when I travel.

Where are your favorite places to paddle?

I like coastal areas like Long Island Sound, the inlets of the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes; also big rivers like the Mon, Allegheny, Ohio and Housatonic and fast mountain streams like the flatwater sections of the Yough, Susquehanna West Branch, Tionesta, Clearfield, French, upper Hudson, etc. Bigger lakes like Arthur and Lake George are fun to explore, too. For handy local outings I like late evening and moonlight paddling on the Mon. Among my favorite trips to date have been on the Rideau Canal in Ontario, the salt marshes of the Housatonic delta in Connecticut and the Pacific fiord of Indian Arm near Vancouver.

What kind of trips are you most interested in? (Easy, relaxed, fitness-paced, adventurous, social, urban, challenging, overnight camping, ??)

I like quiet small group paddles (fewer than 6 boats), especially in good-moving water with nice scenery. I haven't done much kayak camping yet but would really like to do more -- am a very experienced backpacker and have all the gear for it.

What other outdoor activities do you enjoy?

Hiking year round, cross-country skiing, backpacking, canoeing, astronomy, mountain trekking, archaeology

What Kerry is saying about this Meetup Group

great group. Wish I had time to go to more activities with them.

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  • Gary (BYRDMAN)

    Pittsburgh Kayakers

    Thank you so much for lending a kayak yesterday. I realy enjoyed checking out your monk built nylon kayak. Have never seen one like that before. ANd who knew they made back packing fold up kayaks . Could take that on a plane if you needed to. Hope to see you on future paddles

    Jul 13, 2009 9:19 AM
  • Ralph

    Kerry, would love to go flat water kayaking with you - especially if its local on the river. I dont have a kayak, but could borrow one from a friend if your spares are in demand. I work downtown so any evening is good.

    May 01, 2009 4:09 PM

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