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Old 08-15-2010   #11
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I swam like a goddamn fish yesterday in the first falls, the river always teaches you to respect it. I gave that drop zero concern and ended up swimming because of it, and swimming fast. I think I was only in there for 20 seconds at most and figured I would have to swim out anyways so I might as well swim early. I was able to push off my boat and get some handholds on the left wall to pull myself out, so the swim wasn't bad at all and everyone there got all my shit (thanks ian for fishing the boat out). After getting all my shit back, I went back up and ran it again!
Dave that was a sick line I've gotta try that next time, you looked in complete control the whole way and styled the shit outta it!
o yeah sean is still a pussy

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Old 08-15-2010   #12
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Got pinned with a sieve less then a foot down stream. Buddy managed to get there and pull my boat over before I pulled my skirt and floated into the sieve. Wasn't paying attention and found myself upside down against the undercut wall just after SM, got my paddle pulled outta my hand, so I hung out upside down in my kayak until I was out and away from the undercut. Pulled my skirt and booked it for the far bank.

Dave, I thought that was some very skilled paddling down SM. Nice Job.

Great day of paddling.

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Old 08-15-2010   #13
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It was indeed a great line, Dave- glad I got to see it in person. Great fun boating with you!
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
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Old 08-15-2010   #14
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HA. I love those dissing on 1st falls. That thing is a bitch. I was talking with some old schoolers earlier this summer and we thought it may have changed in the last few years. The line has gotten thinner. I've witnessed at least 10 swims there from talented boaters.
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Old 08-15-2010   #15
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When I first ran Bailey in '96 it was all but standard to run first falls. Something changed in the wood pile just above on the right in '99 or thereabouts making it something everyone but Forrest and the like would portage. Seems to ebb and flow since, but never reverted to how straight forward it was 15 years ago.

And yes Evan I counted 6 eddies too; it was only the 5th one that seemed worth mentioning.

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Old 08-15-2010   #16
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I swam like a sea bass today! Storie to come tomorrow when I sober up. Had a great time though and met some sik ass boaters that are funnier than hell. Thanks for grabbin' my shit southern gents!
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Old 08-15-2010   #17
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Story not storie I need another coors gold and good night
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5th eddy is tricky
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Old 08-15-2010   #19
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Is that eddy hopping business the usual way to run Class V? If so, I think I'll stick to Class III.
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Old 08-16-2010   #20
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I know nothing about boating this type of water, but I liked your methodical ways, Dave. Reminded me of the way I get down a technical ski mountaineering route. Like a surgeon.

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