June 13, 2020
- Zoar Gap Rafting Adult (16+):
- Zoar Gap Rafting Youth (10 - 15):
- Guided River Kayaking Adult (16+):
- Guided River Kayaking Youth (10 - 15):
- Zip Line Canopy Tour Adult (16+), Youth (10 - 15):
Come celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month on the Deerfield River and in the trees! All LGBTQ+ folks are invited to
paddle down the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River or Zip through the trees on Saturday, June 13th. In collaboration with Zoar
Outdoor and The Venture Out Project, both new and experienced paddlers will spend the day exploring and building community. New to boating or zipping? Great! Zoar will provide instruction so you’ll have fun and
learn how to learn a new activity safely. Been down the Fife before? Also great! Venture Out will be meeting at 11 am for Community Paddling. We will finish up the day with an after-party at Zoar Outdoor to connect with new and old friends.
Yes, there will be Pride-themed souvenirs! 🙂
Why are we doing this? With a history of prejudice, discrimination, and abuse in the outdoors, LGBTQ+ people
can be hesitant to engage in new outdoor recreation activities, which contributes to the lack of diversity in the
outdoors. The Venture Out Project specifically creates inclusive and affirming spaces for the queer community
to explore outdoor recreation opportunities. Facilitating access to river-based activities can build a more
inclusive and diverse outdoor movement. The purpose of the day is for LGBTQ+ people and allies to
participate in whitewater boating, make friends, and create community and connections to encourage further
enjoyment and stewardship of our outdoor world.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
11:00 AM: Lunch provided at Zoar Outdoor (in our Paddlesports school)
12:30 PM: Check in for Whitewater Rafting or Guided River Kayaking at our Rafting Pavilion
1:00 PM: Check in for Zip Lining at our Zip Base
5:00 PM: After-party Gathering at Zoar Outdoor. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.
All LGBTQ+ folks are invited.
While some of the flatwater areas we use are quite warm in June, July, and August, the Deerfield River is always cool, regardless of the time of year or air temperature. When packing your paddling clothes, please plan accordingly, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September, and October). Our clinics will run rain or shine.
Wear items such as:
- Synthetic long underwear, garments made of polypropylene, Capilene, or some polyester/spandex blend
- Fleece or wool socks
- Bathing suit
- Fleece or wool jacket/sweater (early/late season or if you tend to chill easily)
Other items to bring:
- Retaining strap for glasses
- Nose plugs
- Required medications
- Extra money for snacks, T-shirts, or coin-operated showers
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season, but avoid loose clothing that could tangle in ropes or other gear. Skirts should be avoided. In late fall or winter months, it is better to come with too many articles of clothing than to come with not enough. We go in the rain, so come prepared with rain gear if needed.
Spring & Summer Wear
Close-toed shoes (hiking boots or sturdy sneakers) For your safety, no sandals or flip flops will be permitted.
Light jacket, fleece top, or sweater
Rain Jacket with hood
Comfortable longer shorts (chaffing from the harness could occur with short shorts)
Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours will provide you with gloves to wear
Spaghetti Strap shirts not recommended.
You should remove any dangling jewelry and tie long hair back. You should also remove all items from your pockets before going on the tour, we will not go back to obtain any articles lost along the course. Please leave valuables in the car while you’re on the tour. We have a keybox where we would be happy to keep your car keys until you are off the tour.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes, cameras are fine on the canopy tour but you should have a short lanyard attached to them.