Karma is a bitch. So two days after reading about this then being accused of causing my buddy's swim with bad beta, I went to run it myself. We talked about scouting on the road, but forgot. It was again discussed in the eddy above, but I said "naw, just giver her".
I punched as hard as I could right down the middle and didn't even make it halfway up the other side.
I tried all the KSC/Forrest tricks I could muster, which weren't all that many, and even after rolls and enders and reaching super deep, was never able to change boat angle. Not that pointing left would have gotten me anywhere either. My last attempt was to try to pull my skirt in the hole to flush. The minute I let one hand off the paddle to do so, the river relieved me of it entirely. Fortunately, this hole was not giving swim laps from where I started. One trip deep to the bottom and out. The hole right below there is not worth swimming either, though it didn't hold me.
We decided to scout it after shuttle. Tim joined me there after a few minutes, with a huge grin. He said grab a seat, there's an R3 coming through. This was white DRE, maybe 13-14'. Why I grabbed just a rope and not the camera phone is beyond me. They must not have scouted either, because they chose my line right down the middle. front paddlers ejected on impact, but the captain did a nice job of moving around and getting to the top of the pile for a nice long bouncy side surf. I sauntered closer to the bank and help up the rope for viewing. Lots of enthusiastic head nodding followed. I descended lower and found good footing. My toss was a foot wide, but he caught it with his paddle and held on. I was quite surprised by how hard I had to pull to get that raft over the corner and into the eddy. No injuries, maybe a lost paddle.
Anyone find my elbow pad in the park?
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