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Old 12-09-2011   #11
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So... that's what happens if you drop into the meat at Lava. No one in our entire group of 15 kayaks went for the thin left window. People either snuck way left, which still produced some carnage or took the standard right, which was fast and big but really just took more balls than brawn.

Just missed you Russ, caught your group on the three day layover at Tuckup I think it was, just below Havasu. Codye took good care of us and the Bailey's and Tequila you so graciously left for us went a long ways towards making that nights camp at Fern Glen one of, if not our best party night on the river! Thanks for that man, we owe you one for sure.

Evan Stafford
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Old 12-09-2011   #12
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My first trip in 99, I ran a similar line with similar results. Floating down the center of the river, the ledge hole just does not look that big....until just before you drop in...then it looks monsterous!

My next four trips, I've approached Lava with much more respect and had much better results.
I'll run it right or I'll run it left, but NEVER again down the middle.

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Old 12-09-2011   #13
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And, from that point on, with your eyes open?
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Old 12-10-2011   #14
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Ok, just a better view...words cannot describe!

I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!
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Old 12-10-2011   #15
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Go big or go home, that hole is sick! At least those guys were trying to make the line, I have seen other videos of people just floating right into it.
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Old 12-10-2011   #16
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Another perfect run. Thanks, that was great.
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Old 12-10-2011   #17
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Originally Posted by tj@cu View Post
At least that second guy was trying to make the line.
Fixed it
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Old 12-10-2011   #18
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I don't care if you have man breasts the size of watermelons nobody's going to push their way out of that. Point the stern down stream and PULL! The first guy is lucky he didn't get hurt.
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Old 12-10-2011   #19
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Old 12-10-2011   #20
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Man! Deer in the headlights!
Hey, it is pretty easy to get lost on the approach, but man do you pay for being "Out There."

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