Utah is a fantastic place to be during the summer, and there are endless mountains and rivers and trails to explore. Along with summer adventures, though, comes summer heat and the best way to beat the heat is with some paddle boarding fun. As a woman, I often felt intimidated going into outdoors shops to check out gear and even more so trying to rent it. When I found out about a local women-owned rental company, I knew I had to meet them.
Hali and Sara ae both outdoor enthusiasts with years of experience working and playing in the outdoors so when an opportunity arose for them to start a company together, they leapt at the chance.
“We were eager and excited to do something that would help people get outdoors more easily and get excited about our wild places. We have such spectacular access rivers, lakes and mountains just outside our backdoor and we though paddleboards would be a great way help people get out there. ”
Nomad Paddle Outfitters not only rents out inflatable SUP boards but also sit on top kayaks for kids, inner tubes, hammocks, dry bags for phones and of course, life jackets. Because they do not have a store front, you meet them in the brightly lit and visible Wal-Mart parking lot on Wall. I felt super safe meeting them, and it was an easy location to find.
Renting the SUP boards was incredibly easy, I just texted Hali through the number on the site, reserved my two boards, chose one of the two meetup locations and picked up the boards. The entire exchange took no more than 20 minutes. Hali even helped load up the board and threw in a waterproof phone case so I could take photos on the water.
Causey Reservoir, this time of year, is so beautiful and green. On the day we drove up the reservoir was swarming with swallowtail butterflies. It was so incredible to see dozens flying all around us. The water was calm as well; it was a perfect day to paddle around with kiddos.
The SUP boards we rented had bungee cords in the front to tuck in shoes and drinks and plenty of room for each of us to ride with a kid. Our littlest kiddo was a little freaked out at first, I am sure some passers-by may have assumed she was being kidnapped, but after a few minutes she calmed down and even got brave enough to sit up and dip her feet in.
My oldest was a big brave bird, and she even jumped in the water with her life vest and a pool noodle. My husband finally had the chance to cliff jump in Utah; another adventure checked off our bucket list.
After our adventures, we drove back to town and met Hali back at Wal-mart where we returned the boards and life vests and exchanged high-fives. As far as renting gear goes, this was the easiest and quickest transaction I have ever had! Noman Paddle Outfitters has some rad toys to choose from and because of their vast knowledge of gear and local outdoors, they can help you pick the right one.
As for advice for women venturing into the outdoors Nomad Paddle had this to say, “Get as much experience and confidence in your passions as you can. Be all in. We need more woman who can paddle like a boss and hike like an animal. ”