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8 years today

Colorado lost Paul zirkelbach on usb. He is missed along with so many others. Waters coming up, be safe and hit it with your head.

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When I was first thinking about getting started in kayaking I saw the news about Paul's death and saw the messages on this forum about him. I didn't really have a clue what kayaking was about beyond seeing some people floating down Boulder Creek through town and thinking it looked cool.

On mountainbuzz, I read through this incredible compilation of stories and adventures about Paul that people had posted and watched a slide show showing him traveling around the state, country, and globe boating through incredible canyons and wandering through Himalayan towns. I thought, "wow, what an incredible life this guy lived." It opened my eyes to the opportunities for adventure and camaraderie that this sport can offer. So Paul, even though I never knew him, was one of my first inspirations to get involved with kayaking.


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Old 06-08-2010   #3
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Colorado lost Paul zirkelbach on usb. He is missed along with so many others. Waters coming up, be safe and hit it with your head.
Thanks for the reminder, Gar. Maybe that is wht has had me in a confusing funk today. For some reason I have felt heavy hearted all morning.

Thouhts are rushing back to brain: 1 1/2 with him in the early '80s at flows similar to today's, huge endos in long boats at 4 1/2, all the Bailey runs, beat downs at 1st Fall in 4 Falls, the Urique expedition, and our big drops on the Big South. He was always smiling and encouraging.

He's definitely missed.

Take care, Gary.

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Yeah Zirklebach! What a fantastic dude. I think the common denominator for us all who knew him would be that ever present smile. Easy going.
and then there was that time he dropped Zute chute backwards! it was only funny because he was ok! Even he was laughing.
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