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Old 06-24-2009   #11
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Holy crap! Nicely done!

Uh, I'm just gonna go find a cash machine.
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Old 06-24-2009   #12
Dipshit with the most.
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almost looks like you didn't even get your hair wet. And back up on the frame before the second drop?

Nice moves.

You must be a river ninja.

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Old 06-25-2009   #13
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Originally Posted by carvedog View Post
almost looks like you didn't even get your hair wet.
Come to think of it, I don't think I did get my hair wet.

Originally Posted by Andy H. View Post
I understand you hopped off onto a level concrete diversion structure - what a perfectly placed landing platform, like a sidewalk where you needed placed it by divine providence! Don't want to think what it could've been like if there'd been underbrush or jagged rocks on the bank - yikes!

I guess this is also a pretty graphic justification for the straps on the ends of your tubes that all the Idaho catboaters have, eh?
Yeah, the weir/fishladder structure is basically a sidewalk, but I didn't quite make it. I landed with my hands and elbows on top of the thing and my feet dangling in deep water up to the knee. I was able to quickly mantle up on top of the weir. I think the log actually helped me in jumping, because usually when one tries to jump from a floating cat the jumper goes down and the cat goes backward.

The orange cat was not equipped with straps at the bow and stern of each tube (it is now), but I don't think I would have had time to grab them anyway. In my opinion, those straps are absolutely mandatory as are pre-rigged flip lines to one of the Ds near the oarlocks. I know this is six straps in the water, but they are way more likely to save you or your crew than hurt.
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Old 07-07-2009   #14
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Great Job! We ran it twice this year, May 17 & May 22 or 23, and had one flip on the second trip, but 'twas a blast! Excellent heads-up there. What were you holding on to to keep the raft from leaving without you?
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Old 07-08-2009   #15
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What were you holding on to to keep the raft from leaving without you?
Wasn't holding anything. The cat pinned right at the lip of the falls. The oarlock got jammed up in a little undercut/cave thing. Broke the oar and bent the oarlock beyond repair.
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Old 07-08-2009   #16
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Nice exit moves.

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