Finding Adventure in Pittsburgh: Rock Climbing, White Water Rafting and Sailing

Lindsay Patross

Lindsay Patross

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Join host Kinga Philipps as she travels across the country to help individuals break out of their comfort zones and explore the outdoors. Along the way, Kinga challenges each guest to try new things and to experience how stepping outside of the norm can be scary, but ultimately amazing and transformative.

In this episode, Kinga meets up with Camryn Simpson to help her get outside and take a break from her phone. Camryn is a student at the University of Pittsburgh who spends a lot of time looking at her phone. She was nominated for Finding Adventure by her mother who wants to help Camryn step away from the screens and explore the outdoors. 

Watch Camryn try all of these adventures in the “Screens Off, Adventure On!” episode of Finding Adventure. You can watch all of the episodes of Finding Adventure for free on the Very Local channel.

Rock Climbing with Win’s Wild Adventures

📍 McConnel’s Mill’s State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvania

Kinga and Camryn meet up with DJ Herring, the owner of Win’s Wild Adventures, to help Camryn overcome her fear of heights with some rock climbing. Win’s Wild Adventures offers half-day and full-day climbing and hiking adventures around Western Pennsylvania. 

More info: Check out Win’s Wild Adventures website and follow @winswildadventures on Instagram. 

White Water Rafting with Wilderness Voyagers 

📍 Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

Camryn has to leave her phone on dry land when she paddles the rapids of the Youghiogheny River. The Lower Youghiogheny River has seven miles of class III and IV rapids. You can find class I and class II rapids on the Middle Yough, which runs from Confluence to Ohiopyle. If you are new to white water rafting, you should only run the Lower Yough with an experienced guide. 

More info: Check out the Wilderness Voyagers website and follow @wildernessvoyageurs Instagram. 

Sailing with Moraine Sailing Club

📍Lake Arthur @ Moraine State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvania

Kinga and Camryn take a sailing lesson on Lake Arthur. The Moraine Sailing Club was founded in the 1970s and offers learn to sail lessons for the community. Moraine Sailing Club members have access to sailboats and the club hosts races throughout the summer. 

More info: Check out the Moraine Sailing Club website and follow the Moraine Sailing Club on Facebook

PRO TIP: There are over 100 state parks in Pennsylvania that are managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Follow @padcnr on Instagram for park updates and spectacular photos of scenery and wildlife. 

Looking for more adventure? 

Looking for more adventure on the water? Check out the Portland, Maine, episode of Finding Adventure, where Kinga takes Anthony surfing and lobstering. 

If you are looking for more places for outdoor adventure near Pittsburgh, check out our show Eat Play Stay Pittsburgh. If you are looking for more stops near Ohiopyle, check out our guide to the Laurel Highlands

Stay tuned for more episodes of Finding Adventure to see Kinga take locals outside for adventure in cities across the country. 

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