Originally Posted by deepsouthpaddler
A personal wake up call is that 3 experienced kayakers / C1ers died this year (1 was in wyoming technically). Certainly something for everyone to ponder.
That is exactly what I have been thinking about this season too. It has been on my mind a lot. This is the most deadly year for experienced Colorado kayakers that I can remember since I started (12 years ago?).
The danger is the spoiler for me. I love kayaking, but I just know that I'm going to call it quits some day. I've had my close call, I've see a few, I've witnessed a river death, and it wears on you after a while. If I can just stop buying creek boats after I break this one I'll be done with this habit... but we'll see.
I bought a nice raft this year: perfect for taking the family down some class II/III. Pretty soon I'm going to get a Pelican case that my banjo will fit in and just start floating stuff in my raft.