This is a backcountry course with nights spent camping on the shores of the lake. Communication is very limited and insturctors carry a sattelite phone for emergency use only. Students will explore Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado's largest body of water, while touring atop flat water in a personal sea kayak. They carry within the kayak all that is needed to camp along the water's edge. This relaxing trip will be a great way to have an extremely unique adventure, learn valuable skills, and spend quality time with peers. Students should be prepared to paddle several miles each day through a beautiful landscape under a variety of weather conditions.
Registration opens June 1. Students must be enrolled in classes to register for WBO online through MyWestern.
You will begin this course learning how to wet exit and pack all your gear into your sea kayak. The first day will be spent learning about group travel in kayaks and stroke techniques. Each participant will have the opportunity to help lead the group on a day of travel. Everyone will have the opportunity to be the navigator, point, and/ or sweep for the group. Each day you will paddle from about 10am to 3pm and then spend the afternoon and evenings having fun, playing games, hiking and swimming. Nights will be spent camping along the shores of Blue Mesa in primitive campsites. While there are a few porta-potties on the lake, we also carry a backcountry toilet system for sites where these are not available. This course is capped at 8 participants.