Welcome to the Pikes Peak Paddlers site! The objective here is to provide a
general informational resource to this marvelous sport, with a specific focus on
the various aspects of kayak touring in the greater Pikes Peak Region in Colorado.
Essentially, this would include terrain in
about a 50 mile radius around the mountain, which would envelop Pueblo, Colorado
Springs and west up Ute Pass beyond the Lake George area.
My history in regards to the sport has been relatively brief.. I paddled a
yak for the first time back in June of 2006. I received an invitation to tag along
with others at 11 Mile, and decided to give it a try. I have participated in over
40 different sports in my lifetime, but have never been water oriented. So, it was
with some apprehension that I rented a boat and set out on the water. It was a somewhat
blustery day, with water temps in the low 50's. We wandered around the various coves
for a few hours, long enough to get a pretty good feel for what this kayaking stuff
was all about. I really didn't have a clue as far as any sort of technique, it was
all trial and error, which served to make it more interesting, actually. As a casual
observer in the past, kayaks had always given the impression of instability. I was
pleasantly surprised to learn that, with the proper care, they are quite controllable.
In fact, because of the enveloping stature of the craft, you come to feel as though
it is just an extension of your body, which is very confidence inspiring. You are
sitting right on the water, which invokes an intimate involvement with the substance
that no larger craft can claim. The attributes of compact size, efficient shape,
low weight, superior aerodynamics and low center of gravity all contribute to the
making of a very high performance instrument. Agility is the keyword here! You can
go places in one of these things that would be impossible in any other style of boat,
flotation can be achieved in less than 6" of water. I love to play in the rock gardens...
I came away from this experience suitably impressed, enough so that I immediately
went out and bought a boat and began the seemingly endless process of acquiring the
necessary support equipment to go along with it. I live out in the woods less than
15 minutes from the southeast end of Eleven Mile Reservoir (Witchers Cove). I was
looking for another warm weather sport, and had always thought that I should figure
out a way to take advantage of that close proximity to the lake, and now everything
has fallen into place, as everything inevitably does. I had considered a larger motorboat
at one time, but this is far more interesting. Self propulsion is QUIET, non-polluting
and very involving. I have discovered a sense of peace and serenity on the water
that I have never experienced before, especially when I paddle alone, which is quite
often. I sometimes just lay back in the boat with eyes closed and float out in the
middle for extended periods of time, it's an excellent meditation. Kind of a big
waterbed! I feel like a whole new world has opened up, as I have never been involved
in any kind of water sport before. The uniqueness aspect greatly enhances the whole
experience for me. It's like coming home, we are composed of 70% H2O after all!
This website is just an expression of my newfound passion for this sport.
I maintain other sites, and felt strangely compelled to create this one back in 2008.
I originally envisioned it as possibly having the potential to inspire the formation
of a local paddling group, I set up a Forum and other features with this in mind.
Alas, after 7 years, I have discovered that people seem to have little interest in
such things. Consequently, I have condensed the content and it is now just my personal
statement, my little contribution to the kayaking world. I would like to think that
some nugget of content might prove informational, educational, or inspirational to
There are 8+ lakes in this general area with good Touring potential: *Water A wealth
of H2O just waiting to be paddled! Try it, a smile is guaranteed...
The idea is just to have some fun out on the water, to create some positive energy.
The world can certainly use it...
I have added sailing to my kayaking portfolio. It adds a whole new dimension
to the paddling day...
I know that Colorado is prime White Water country, and it looks like quite
an amazing experience. If I were 20 years younger and had some swimming skills,
I would give it a go. Whitewater is extreme stimulation, flatwater is extreme tranquility
– two sides of the same coin... Of course, there is plenty of stimulation to be had
Touring in windy conditions, catch a wave...
As of the end of the 07 season, my wife, Toni, has become interested in yakking
and is now a boat owner.
This means that there is actually a sport that we can participate in together, an
By the way, the other sports that I currently participate in include motorcycling
(mostly dual-sport) and ski-biking
(see: www.ski-bike.org) in the winter. I am also looking to get back into tennis,
if I could find some partners. Drop me a line if any of these activities happen
to be of interest to you as well.
*As time has passed, I have possessed many kayaks. Here's a showcase:My Kayak Fleet
Please submit testimonials, articles, personal stories, correspondence, links, skibike
items for sale, editorials, reviews, photos etc for publication on this site..
WELCOME! to SkiBike World, an educational and inspirational resource to this marvelous
The objective here is to be kind of the Encyclopedia of SkiBiking, and to provide
a spectrum of information encompassing all aspects of the sport. Hopefully, you will
discover some nugget of knowledge that will prove beneficial in your ski-biking journey.
A little plug for the cause... My favorite charity, right here in Colorado: