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Old 09-30-2011   #31
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pretty good, if in a demented sort of way.

that water couldnt have been that warm, props that what probably amounted to essentially swimming half or more of the river. And if I'm not mistaken it looks like they do a scout and portage too. Not complete idiots here. Wal Mart floaty, and a c1 paddle. sounds like a good time for a local boose croose in my book. maaybe not a III/IV creek with a mini gorge but a local I+......yeah budddy.

im jus saying, coulda been worse. they couldve been sans helmet sans pfd sans real shoes but then it would be labeled "Carnage Reel". but everybody had all 3. even if they were stylish "canadian style" helmets. like Randaddy said, looks like a fun run without the wood!

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Old 09-30-2011   #32
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Those guys are having fun. I did not see anything reckless. We have swam many class 5 rapids with the same gear and made it out safely. I grew up with a similar creek in my back yard. I wish I had head cam footage of us jumping off a low bridge onto ice chunks, then riding them down rapids with no pfd or helmet. We wore jeans and long sleave tee shirts. The only way off the floating ice was to swim, jump or climb. We ran everything in an innertube. When you crash into a seive or strainer you climb up it. I've spent my whole life playing on the water. It's no place for the over weight or out of shape, that will kill you. The river decides who will be punished. I have traveled hundreds of miles on the river with no pfd or gear and encountered lots of hazards. The one time I was folded over a river wide log, I was happy my buddy caught an eddy and saved me. If this video looks life threating to you, you shouldn't play on moving water. My perspective comes from years of being reckless and stupid. I love the outdoors and the risks involved with chasing adventure. Get a life and enjoy every minute of it.

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Old 09-30-2011   #33
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That looks like good-old fashioned reckless All they need is some more boofahol and a turky leg and they're solid gold.
But seriously, I agree with upper comments, haven't we all done something similar in our life journey to being compentent, safe, responsible(for the most part) river enthusiasts?

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