• COP Member Spotlight – Dan Imhoff

    Outdoor Pursuits member Dan Imhoff’s kayaking adventures began in 2005 when had a hankering to go sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico. A friend suggested the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) https://nols.edu/en/. He ended up taking a 23-day course that included kayak camping, fishing, swimming and hiking. Dan describes this trip as a “piece of heaven.” In 2010 he built a Pygmy kayak from a kit, proving the company right when they say no woodworking skills are required.  Anybody could do it. Several thousand paddling miles and 10 years later she still performs like a…

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  • COP Member Spotlight – Mary Spikowski

    Mary Spikowski, COP Kayaker When I bought my first kayak in May 2000, I could not have imagined the profound impact paddling would have on my life.  My goal was to enjoy kayaking around some of the lakes in Central Ohio.  However, I had a vague memory that it was possible to roll a kayak (as in, flip it upside down and then upright again).  That seemed like such a neat trick!  I asked a local outfitter where I might find other kayakers to learn from.  I was directed towards Columbus Outdoor Pursuits.  Within the next month, I joined COP,…

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