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Old 05-31-2013   #1
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And you thought Evan Garcia was a bad ass.

Many of you may have seen this, but I watch it every so often. I am not sure who is in it, but I think Walt Blackadar may be one of them. Any one got any info on this? I will post a few old school boating videos of guys running the shit. If you find any other great old school footage please post it. The pioneers of this sport did some amazing things.

Not as impressive as Devil's Canyon, but still awesome.

Wondering if any knows/ knows of Ken Lagergren. It says he is an Idaho local, and "Big Water Specialist"

This is rafting related, but I still find it amazing. "A Glorious Way To Die"
Rafting in Siberia Movie - A Glorious Way to Die | Northwest Rafting Company

Call me crazy, but I have sat in awe, and wonder at some of the old stories of boating back in the day. I took my SWR, and ACA kayak instructor cert. From Jimmy Holcombe. He told me a story about Walt Blackadar. He said that Walt would drink "Green Dragons" basically a mixture of green Kool-Aid, and Vodka. Then run the shit. He said they put on on high water Chattooga all the way at the top, and Walt was having trouble in the creeky character of the Upper Chattooga. Then they got to Section IV where the water was big, and so were the holes. He said they were all standing there looking at this huge hole talking about portaging it, and Walt said, "What hole?'' Jumped in his boat, and punched it.

Please post any other footage you may find, and/ or stories you have of the old days.

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Old 05-31-2013   #2
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So badass. Big water always leaves me in awe.

First d's of tight little creeks or big waterfalls is one thing. Running shit like these videos is quite another.

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Old 05-31-2013   #3
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Wow...........Those Siberian dudes had what had to be an early Georgie white pontoon, and they ran with the Creature Craft concept, and even a cataraft.............all home built............haven't seen a wood frame in 30 years! And home made Life Jackets? And paddles? and not a groover in sight.......

And all in rapids that seem to make Lava look like a riffle..........

Gotta love those guys
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Old 05-31-2013   #4
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I'd love to see a copy of this First Complete Kayak Descent Of the Fraser River

I saw it on TV when I was a kid and I remember a photo from it being on the cover of a canoeing (kayaking) magazine.
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Old 05-31-2013   #5
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I had the chance to fly over Devils Canyon several years ago, as well as several other steep and crazy steep V and V+ runs near Talkeetna. Nothing I will ever boat, but cool to see. Some great potential for wild 1st Ds and wilderness multi day creeking. Love watching these older videos, those guys had stones. Plus there was a lady on the 1st legal trip down Niagara Gorge if my memory serves me right.
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Which person do you suspect is Walt Blackadar?
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Blackadar was clearly not ****ing around...

Here's the famous Sports Illustrated article of him soloing the Alsek.

All I have to say is that he found adventure on that trip.

The Alsek River flows in a torrent into the Gulf of - 08.14.72 - SI Vault
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Originally Posted by gnarwhal View Post
Which person do you suspect is Walt Blackadar?
I'm pretty sure the white boat is Blackadar. He's famous for big water run it sideways style. This was his second decent, the first being a first D solo I believe.
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Old 06-01-2013   #9
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He also had a lot of big swims as I recall from his biography 'Never Turn Back'! So I thought he might be the guy in the red boat. Thank u for posting these videos spaghetti monster!
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Originally Posted by powdahound76 View Post
Plus there was a lady on the 1st legal trip down Niagara Gorge if my memory serves me right.
That would be Risa Shimoda, small woman, less than #100, in a squirt boat! Risa has been active with AW and is part of designing playparks last I saw her. Badass boater.

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