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Old 11-13-2008   #21
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Rockin photo K - an appropriate response for an UBER woman boater!

I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 11-13-2008   #22
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yes. super duper dorky.

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Old 11-13-2008   #23
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Most people chastised as dorks end up going on to start endeavors like Microsoft or Apple or Black Flag. Run a duckie if that is how you choose to enjoy the river.
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Old 11-13-2008   #24
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Cool shot, TakeMe.

This cat-duckie (Jack's Fat Pack Cat) was my ride through the Grand, Lee's Ferry to Diamond Creek. There was a hardshell kayaker on the trip, and he swam a lot more than I did. In fact I saw more than one raft with a 'yak tied down across the back end.

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The helmet is dorky (my old MSR ice-climbing lid with a visor). But big water duckie trips are high-adrenaline for sure. Knowing that a roll isn't an option raises the stakes.
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Old 11-13-2008   #25
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Not IK, RD--or rubber ducky, or real dorky.
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Old 11-13-2008   #26
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Duckies are gayer than Richard Simmons with a six pack of wine coolers. They're fun though!
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Old 11-13-2008   #27
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Forget hard-shells and duckies! Meet the best of both worlds, the mighty perception torrent!!!!
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Old 11-13-2008   #28
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'inner tubes are dorky, anything with a paddle blade is definitely NOT dorky.'

not true, sir! me and my river girls take inner tubes down large play waves, and we look good doing it! sometimes we do take paddles with us. buuut mostly we just sit on each other's laps and try to keep the thing upright. our record is 3 people on one tube through some huge waves on cataract canyon! meow!

oh and we also take down inflatable sharks and whales. damn right.
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Old 11-14-2008   #29
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I think this should settle it. Catfish jon and kellman can you run this kinda stuff in your non-dorky boat? didn't think so.

more here riverlog: ELF Boating: Little White Salmon
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Old 11-14-2008   #30
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IK's rock!

Inflatable kayaks rock - one of the best investments I've made. Anytime a newbie wants to try the sport - they go in the ducky. Anytime my boys want to go kayaking - I take them with me in the ducky.
A friend of mine styled Browns his second time on a river using a ducky. The IK was great for him to learn the basics and from there he moved into a hardshell.
On a trip down the Main Salmon at high flows we brought along an IK of sorts (mini cataraft, size of IK but more stable) just in case my sister in law got tired of riding raft. She tried the IK the afternoon of the first day - and ended up using it for the rest of the trip. She styled the 75+ remaining miles of big high water, making some of us in hardshells look like wimps.

Downside to IK's - my cousin's boys started in them and preferred them over hardshells, especially on multi-day runs. The IK's enabled them to goof around (water fights, capture the IK, etc, etc) and have fun - they thought harshells were too restrictive (boring).


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