September 16, 2010
Recently, I went whitewater kayaking on a section of the Colorado River with my friend Chris Wiegand. Chris paddled a K2 with Skyler up front while I paddled my solo kayak. This section is mostly Class II whitewater, which is good training for me to work on my skills such as eddying out and rolling. If all goes well, I plan on kayaking the Grand Canyon in a year when we take a group of disabled students down on rafts. I'm fortunate to have a partner such as Chris, a longtime river rat who was selected at the Chinese National Kayak coach. He also started kayaking programs in Iran, Afghanistan, Kenya and Nigeria. Currently, Chris is developing a whitewater program here in Golden, Colorado that will focus on the disabled (amputee and paralysis) and blind. He recently founded a non-profit organization called Sportainability, which will outreach to a broader audience of youth. Here is some video we shot on the river.