Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Colorado in the fall does not suck part 2 - CKS staff goes Touring!

Autumn in Colorado is a great time to take advantage of some of our non whitewater resources. Case in point, CKS is located in close proximity to several alpine lakes. In early autumn, the CKS staff was lucky enough to take a 'field trip' to nearby Twin Lakes to spend the day learning about and paddling touring kayaks. Steve Sell of Boulder's Wildwasser Sport met us there to further educate our staff on touring and provide the kayaks.

It was a spectacular autumn day - clear skies, warm temps, snow on the peaks and swatches of golden Aspens in the hills.

CKS's finest getting excited to go "sea kayaking"

Wildwasser's Steve Sell explaining 'trihedral' hull design (above) and demonstrating how to use kayak carts (below).


CKS ladies man Joe Carroll excited to get on the water after the clinic - just look at that smile!

Aubrie White, getting ready to hit the water.

Joe Carrol demonstrating his smooth stroke.


CKS owner Earl, excited that he is paying all the staff to play.


The crew getting used to it...

Chris Menges (above)
The view from the cockpit.


Nicole Mansfield (above and below) ...having so much fun she decided to quit whitewater and just paddle touring boats on flatwater.


Getting artsy with the camera (above).


Kayla Maddox (above) and Robin Simms (below) enjoying the afternoon chop.



Joe Carroll trying not to swim.



These are sweet shots (above & below).....right?

Dave Kloberdanz at the finishing end of a self rescue with a paddle float. Look for the full sequence and step by step instructions coming soon.





The CKS ladies





Photos: Chris Menges