Originally Posted by danger
i once heard of a swim from the small hole on the very top left of deer creek that continued to the eddy on the left after the rapid. was that you ture? the thought of that gives me shivers!
That is the hole I swam out of but I managed to get out on the right above the slide. For a relatively short swim, it was brutal in terms of rock impacts. I ended up seeing a doctor for one of the hits that I took to the crotch. It was kind of like having someone throw a rock the size of a pumpkin at your balls.
I got lucky and found a slightly submerged rock in the middle of the rapid. I held onto it for a few seconds until I realized I was getting too tired to hold on and my only chance was to go for the right bank immediately. I BARELY BARELY made it to the big rock on the right above the slide. If I had missed it I was thinking broken femur because there is no way to stop once you go over that slide and you might just get slammed hard on the slide or the last drop. They both have nasty landings for swimmers.
The other comments about the death trap on the left side of Deer Creek rapid are right on. I think that rapid is solid class V with water in it.