nice find Gar .. you pulled that quote outta the lockbox!
i oughtta fess up before someone rips me apart .. i got on tatlow a cpl wks ago. i thought it would be cool to try out my new "Ammo" on that run. i'd never even sat in the boat before, but it looked like fun & i know tatlow pretty well -- big drops, big pools, low volume. i didn't even bring my Burn, just the Ammo.
we get to the takeout & chris runs to check the pixie pool for the level .. comes back grinning "it's all good!" no more info than that .. i knew what was up though, shit was high. it's not like i'm not
gonna put in though -- it's tatlow & it's so good! so we're on the water & literally EVERY SINGLE rapid, i'm subbing out, getting stopped in little holes, or fighting big ones, not making my lines, doing backenders & stuff. the level was way higher than i'd ever been in there & the pools/eddies were not as accomodating as i remembered. it got scary pretty quick & i went into survival mode .. just gotta get through this w/o getting tooled at a cpl critical places.
well, i dropped into the double-ledge thing after the 30-footer, sideways, flipping, on a flailed-out brace, no momentum & right in the heart of the horseshoe. i swear i didn't wait 3 seconds -- i was OUT!
didn't even try! kinda embarassing really. the beatings continued, except for on the big Wall drop, where i assumed that they were going to have to dig me out from under the wall when the water dropped .. but i didn't even get my head wet .. go figure.
i ended up walking out at the big drop at the bottom, which is another story altogether. i think i'm going to love the ammo, but i need to paddle it on something a little more reasonable than a blown-out 1000 fpm box canyon run.