Saturday, April 19, 2014

Upper Youghin'

April 18th was the first scheduled release on the class V Upper Yough and Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours was out in full force.  A big thanks to Bluffton College and Tara Cassalino for booking with us.  We had 60 degrees and bluebird skies, with the gauge reading 2.3 at Sang Run.  Our stellar Upper Yough guides, Chaz, Chris, Joel, and Jeremy ran the river like there was no off-season with great lines had by all.  The steep, tight, and technical rapids of the Upper Yough definitely caused some unexpected swims, but with our safety boater Ian Wingert (who is the current Upper Yough Short Boat champion) and exceptional guide staff, all swimmers were gathered up and put back in their boats as quickly as possible.

The Rooster Tail!

Chris "The Animal" at National Falls


The Kickstand, Ohiopyles premier bike rental facility and Hershey ice cream parlor is now fully stocked with 32 flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream.  Whether you like Extreme Chocolate, Vanilla, Peach or anything in between, we're sure to have something to please anyone's taste buds.  We also installed a brand new, candy-apple red awning at The Kickstand, which really makes the facade look wonderful.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Full Streams, Ice Cream, and Whitewater Dreams

Only the second week of April and we have been busy bees here at Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours

The Kickstand, Ohiopyle's premier bike rental and ice cream parlor, will have its opening day, tomorrow April 12th.  We have installed two new, 16 tub ice cream coolers and have one filled to capacity for opening day with 16 fresh tubs.  Having put our used bikes up for sale, we have filled in our fleet with new Trek Shift 3 and Shift 4 bicycles.  We still have plenty of our Trek Navigators left for sale, so if you're in the market for a new ride, stop by and check out our selection.  What better way to spend the first 70 degree weekend of the season with a bicycle ride on the Great Allegheny Passage and a couple scoops of Hershey's Premium ice-cream? 

Training began last weekend with a small, 6 person class, and will continue this weekend.  Even though we had a small turn-out for training, we prefer quality over quantity, just like our river trips.  Our senior staff remains on stand-by, ready for any folks looking to go rafting and to help the new guide candidates learn their way on the river.

Two of our returning staff members, Jamie Rosenberger and Ian Wingert, participated in the 2014 Top Yough Race.  Jamie took first in the long boat class, and Ian took 2nd in short boat class.  Ian is the current reigning Upper Yough short-boat class champion.  Just another example of how Ohiopyle Trading Post excels above the competition. 
Jamie Rosenberger

Ian Wingert
With temperatures near the 70's, sun shine, and great water levels, this weekend is shaping up to be the weekend to shed those cabin fever blues and come visit us down in the mountains!