Originally Posted by Cutch
I guess my definition of legend is a bit loose, but for starters, anyone that I looked up to (as a kayaker) in high school, has been paddling longer than I have, has started businesses solely for the love of the sport, has spent countless hours writing about the sport they love in an effort to share it with others, has traveled through well over a dozen countries in search of great rivers and creeks, and has taken the time to mentor or teach other young kayakers. I'm far from that status of legend, as are most others. Aaron Pruzan comes to mind almost immediately for the Rocky Mountain status. Despite past differences, Rob Lesser certainly would as well. Doug Ammons makes that list and so does Craporadon. And this is all just my opinion... but since you asked I'd say that's the start of legend status.
There are certainly hundreds of us pushing the limits every year, but few stick with it for even 10 years at the level that those above have. Even fewer for 20 years, and a rare few keep pushing hard much longer than 30 years. Just because I'm passionate and charge hard and realize that it's about the high fives at the end of the day, doesn't mean that I'm a legend. Otherwise I'd be linking to my own name under Outside Magazine's top adventurers.
The way I can tell if someone is a legend is I compare them to Joe Keck, now I know many can come close but there will only be one Joe Keck.
here is a checklist of are you as legendary as Joe Keck
1) You swim 10 times in a year
2) You consider any creek with over 100 cfs a big water run
3) You consider the source a big water run (or should this be 2b?)
4) A boat in your hands doesn't last longer than 2 weeks before you break it
5) You go to the South East and even they call you inbred
6) On time for you is at least an hour behind when you said you would be there
7)When harpooning whales you like to give out an orca call
9) you think spray painting in a closed area at a party is a good idea
10) you're Mustache will get you arrested and charged with being the guy in the van with no windows asking kids if they want some candy.