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Paddling Since: 1988
Join Date: Feb 2007
Mine would be old news, but still the most epic. June 15th 1995, or maybe it was the 18th. anywho, Im a third year guide ( the most dangerous ) we rolled from C.B, to run the gorge. Rumor had it that sunshine had changed, and it was a need to, to go and see. We wound up hooking up with a couple cat boaters, but needless to say, we were late, and they were no where to be found. so, we rally on the beach, normally loaded with what 30 buses? to find it completly void of anyone. ( K, now switch to black and white mode) now, pics at the shop were takin at about 3200, and there big 16x20's for marketing, and its HUGE. we were expexting 4200-4800, but while all the more " experienced" guides were debating on if or not we should run, it flashed. BIGGGGG. there was one dude, huge, hairy, and bearded, laying on the hood of an El camino. "sunshine will put the fear of god in ya", he says......we smile and pass on. we had three 14' e-class NRS rigs, and outta those, one boat of "solid", or worse yet, "confident" , "guides". We get to sunshine, and it is the biggest shit I had ever seen. (BTW) there was a dude that ran a studio at the time, that shot the gorge, and he said" you guys make up your mind, ya, or nay. I'll go shoot you, or go home........etc. anyway, we decided to go, and he was on scene.
anywho, we get to sunshine, and salvage a crew for one boat outta three. every body else, was on safty.....no I didn't spell safety (or did I ), anyway imagine 15 ropes going crazy..........thank god they were waaaaay to much up stream for any of them to hit, or it would havve been mass carnage.
(you can see what looks like a spiderweb of ropes going on in the 2 pages of commercial photos)
long story waaaaaaaay short, I was front right, the dude front left blew out his shoulder, walk out canyon, 2 back from me, massive blow out(shoulder) sucked his booties off, wedding ring, blew both sholder seems on commercial PFD, and broke tib/fib. I thank I swam till close to the narrows, most of it underwater....
there rest of the trip was pretty un-eventful, but we came back to browns on a sunday, and I couldn't even speak on the float into the doors.
it was 6800 when we took out. yes, i've seen the bottom of sunshine at 6800, and no, me feet didn't touch.......
fear of god is right...........I'll never be the same
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