Pittsburgh, PAUSA 15221
April 27, 2009
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.
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.
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.
Hiking year round, cross-country skiing, backpacking, canoeing, astronomy, mountain trekking, archaeology
I'm an enthusiastic flat-water kayaker, looking for fellow local paddlers. Have two extra sets of boats and gear to share, too.
great group. Wish I had time to go to more activities with them.