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Old 05-30-2007   #11
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Practicing in sticky holes in a relative safe location is a great idea. Preferably have a very large eddy immediately below the drop and set safety. One person on shore with a rope and at least one person below the drop to help pick up the pieces. I would stay away from pure pourovers however and try to pick one that does have at least one defined escape route.

And while I absolutely agree that doing a lot of playboating is the best way to get comfortable in holes, you definitely have to jump in them with your creekboat as well to get the feel of how much harder most creek boats are to move around in holes and to learn techniques for escaping holes (rocking back and forth, burying an end, power flips and grabbing for the green, etc).


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Brent... you have tendonitis already. Is this a good idea?
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At lower levels than right now, say 400ish, the bottom hole at Union is as trashy as it gets, and relatively safe... I think (I'm still here). That was always our last ride of the day and it was fun to get in there and take a beating or two. I'm not sure it helped build my skills other than dealing with fear, but it was a lot of fun.
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Hey Brent,

I already know that you are going to do this, so go for it!!

Just remember.....SAFETY FIRST!


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