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Training

Upcoming events

    • 04/08/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH
    44th WOODSTOCK
    Saturday, April 8 7:30 - 9:00 am
    Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH
    A GREAT start to your Spring TOSRV training. The roads have light traffic and relatively-flat Budget Tour of 35/50/100. Riders are responsible for food and water. $5 Member and $10 non-members

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (4/6) and receive an email Friday(4/7) with GPS routes.

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)

    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Office (614) 442-7901


    For questions about the ride:

    pkovacs@att.net

    midpackercorbs@aol.com

    • 04/15/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 200 Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester, OH
    48th SPOT
    Saturday, April 15th, 7:30 - 9:00 AM "Budget" Tour
    Canal Winchester. Cyclist Connection, 200 Cemetery Rd. The 2nd of four(4) TOSRV training rides in the counties SE of Columbus. Fairly Flat course of 35 to 102 miles with a few small hills. Budget tour with roads marked, maps provided.

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (4/13) and receive an email Friday(4/14) with GPS routes.

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)

    $5 Members, $10 non-members 
    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Office (614) 442-7901
    • 04/22/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Rocky Fork and Paint Creek - Southern Ohio
    • 14

    Introduction to Whitewater

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Learn to paddle whitewater with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits!


    The 2017 Intro to Whitewater Clinic is designed for those students interested in learning to paddle in swift(er) moving water or whitewaterWe will spend the day on the Rocky Fork & Paint Creek in southern Ohio

    You will learn a progression of whitewater paddling skills on the water during this one-day clinic. Starting Saturday morning at Rocky Fork Lake State Park this clinic teaches the necessary skills for paddling most of Ohio's fast moving rivers and is the first step toward Class III and greater whitewater kayaking.

    Students are required to have previous experience in a kayak and knowledge of and comfort executing the basic paddle strokes (i.e., Beginner Kayak/IRK school, pool session practice, previous river kayaking, or similar paddling experience).  The student must be able to demonstrate proper balance and boat control on flatwater in order to get the most out of this class.  Contact us if you have questions about your experience and skills needed for this class.

    Please arrive by 8:30 am and expect a full day of instruction.  Camping is available at several state parks in the area if you are traveling from afar and want to arrive the night before or stay the next day.  Plenty to see and do in the area... 

    http://arcofappalachia.org/highlands-nature-sanctuary/

    http://www.bainbridgedentalmuseum.org/

    Rocky Fork State Park

    9800 N. Shore Dr. 

    Hillsboro, Oh 45133

    We will begin with a brief overview of whitewater specific strokes and maneuverability on the lake before moving downstream to the put-in for the remainder of the on-water clinic.

    The ability to Eskimo roll a kayak is not required for this class but students must have experience performing wet exits. See our remaining pool sessions if you need practice.  

    All gear can be rented from COP for $20 and can be selected during your registration.

    Your fees cover instruction, a snack, a hot meal for lunch, shuttle and coordination, dam release, and plenty of corny jokes...not to mention a lovely guided tour through the amazing Highlands Nature Sanctuary and old 7 Caves area.

    You may register early but all payments must be made by April 3rd, 2016.
    If you are unable to pay online a paper application can be filled out and mailed along with a check and may be requested by contacting boating@outdoor-pursuits.org.

    Additional info and itinerary will be sent following your paid registration.


    What you need...

    Positive mental attitude

    The desire to push your paddling skills and to listen and learn from the instructors

    Gear- 
    Students are encouraged to supply their own whitewater kayaks and gear, if practical.  Boats 10ft. or less are preferred for this Intro level clinic.  Please note that sea kayaks, fishing, and long, less maneuverable kayaks are not appropriate for this school.  Crossover kayaks may be used and should have flotation bags in the storage area with a working hatch.  
    All kayaks must be in good condition and have appropriate flotation with a fitted cockpit skirt. Students must also have type III/V life jacket, paddle, and a whitewater helmet.
    All equipment can be rented from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits in whole or part, contact us to discuss your needs.
    The school has a limited number of kayaks available on a first-come basis, determined by acceptance of paid and accepted application.

    Clothing-

    Just like any time of year the weather is unpredictable but water and air temps are generally at a cool Spring level.  Appropriate attire is of utmost importance, we just can’t stress this enough.  Be prepared to get wet and avoid wearing cotton clothing.  You can paddle comfortably for this clinic and most of the year without purchasing high dollar drysuits and dry gear.  Wetsuits (full or farmer-john), semi-dry and splash tops, poly-pro, wool underlayers and socks, neoprene booties are all great items to have in the closet for any type of cool and cold weather paddling.  A few links to help get an understanding of proper cold weather gear available.

    http://www.paddleboston.com/advice/dressforcoldwater.php

    http://www.austinkayak.com/blog/2013/08/paddling-in-cold-weather/

    http://www.nrs.com/cold_water_layering.asp

    http://wolfgangbrinck.com/boats/paddling/coldwatergear.html

    http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/the-risks-of-cold-water-kayaking-and-canoeing/

    Footwear shall be snug fitting. Flip flops, Crocs, or other loose type of beach or water shoe may fall off and float downstream at the most in-opportune time.  Tennis shoes tend to be to big to fit in the footwell of a whitewater boat.

    Check with local SCUBA and dive shops as they will often rent out wetsuits and other neoprene and cold water immersion gear.

    If you do not have any of this outerwear and will not be able to purchase or rent by time of the class please contact us and we will do our best to locate loaner gear for your use.



    • 04/29/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Mingo Park, Delaware, OH
    43rd Mid-Ohio Century
    Saturday, April 29th. 7:30 - 9:00 AM "Budget" Tour
    Delaware. Mingo Shelter 500 E. Lincoln.  We willridein counties N of Columbus to ride past Ohio's beautiful farm fields and along the Scioto River. TOSRV is 3 weeks away, this is a must to determine your riding shape. Multiple routes of 36, 67 & 103 miles. Budget ride with roads marked and maps.

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (4/27) and receive an email Friday(4/28) with GPS routes.

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)

    $5 Members, $10 Non-Members
    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits office (614) 442-7901


    • 05/06/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hilliard Community Center and Milford Center for Top 60 mile
    TOOH -Top of Ohio Hundred
    Saturday, May 6th 7:30 - 9:00 am
    Last "Budget" Ride before TOSRV

    Century route and TOP 60 route are rolling to hilly. taking riders past the highest point in Ohio; the 45 and 25-mile routes are basically flat, 100,85,70,45 25 -miles routes maps provided.

    Hilliard Community Center  -All routes start in Hilliard except TOP 60. Roads will be marked and maps provided.

    MILFORD CENTER START- School Bus parking lot on Middleburg-Plain City Rd just on the east side of Milford Center. Registration for TOP 60 Loop Milford Center 8:00 - 9:00 Varied terrain.

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (5/4) and receive an email Friday(5/5) with GPS routes.

    Online registration closes at 3 PM Friday (5/5).

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)


     $5 Members, $10 Non-members

    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. (614) 442-7901
    Andrew.Clayton@outdoor-pursuits.org


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