Originally Posted by cmike1
I'll bet if we knew what really lurked beneath the surface of even a lot of the most innocuous appearing places a lot of us might be a bit more respectful than we already are.
True that! For that reason I am a proponent of ELF boating in the shoulder seasons. Also for hiking in to see some runs in their off season. You sometimes get to see the real nature of these runs. It is amazing to realize that we actually boat over insane features much of the time. The realization is also why I prefer to kayak than raft. Nonetheless, it can all be dangerous. And yet, river running has been done successfully and enjoyably for many decades. Water can be very cushioning. Just stay in the boat, upright, or on the surface as much as possible.
I think we need to remind developing boaters that they have (hopefully) been progressing at a gradual pace and doing well. They need not get freaked out by the Frog Rock incident. However, we do need to show concern and care for their well being. Be good mentors to properly teach others and not just throw them into the frying pan. The rivers will always be there for us to challenge when we are appropriately ready.
My advise to developing boaters is to receive proper teaching, ask questions, hone their skills on lower difficulty runs before advancing, begin boating early season, and boat often. It is also important to learn whitewater self-defense, safety, and rescue knowledge. This sport will teach a person many things and can be very rewarding. It can certainly provide some of the best life experiences we might ever be blessed to have.
I pray we all have a great winter and a wonderful next boating season.
Chears to adventures!