I'm not trying to defend his comments on the buzz. I agree that they are out of line. I'm not saying that I support his company's business model. He has a "unique" way of operating. I wouldn't say that Rick is a "friend" of mine. I hardly know the guy. I have a limited knowledge of his role in the commercial rafting history of Colorado. I have been running the same commercial stretches that he has for the last fifteen years. So, I know him as a fellow river runner. Friend, accquaintance, or not, I don't think it is appropriate to "bash" anyone in a public online forum, especially providing thier name, contact, etc. (reminds me of a saying about "sinking to someone else's level") I'd like to think that this forum was designed for something much more constructive.
I am not complaining about the higher than average flows in Gore this year. It's been fantastic up there lately. I've been kayaking up there the last several weekends. (I haven't rafted Gore in a while, as I am semi-retired from guiding.) I realize that recreational interests are of little to no concern in regards to water flows released into the Upper Colorado, whether the water is from Green Mtn, Wolford, Windy Gap or Williams Fork. And I appreciate the posts from Kara about the status of Green Mtn releases.
I just got the impression from a few posts that there was a perception that if you didn't wish to run commercial customers through Gore Canyon at the present flows, you were either incompetent, unskilled or a "pussy". I don't know if the persons passing that sort of judgement were qualified to do so. If I misinterpreted those comments, I apologize and will refrain from posting in this thread any further.