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Old 07-07-2008   #21
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The waves are on the river right, with a rock/pourover in the center in this one. This spot (the left side of Squeeze), the right side of Doc's Drop (at Poudre Park put in), and the right side of Red House are the 3 big spots that I think will hold on to a swimmer at high water, especially one with a type 5 PFD. Fortunately all 3 of these spots are above huge eddies and deal with the shiat.

Possumturd, stare at that wall at fear it! Hey at least you know that it's not undercut. You were receiving your beat down where the guide's head is.

The guide is John Templeton, by the way, for any lonely ladies out there. He enjoys long walks on short beaches and German pornography.

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Old 07-07-2008   #22
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Possumturd, stare at that wall at fear it! Hey at least you know that it's not undercut. You were receiving your beat down where the guide's head is.
The Horror....the horror

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Old 07-07-2008   #23
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Walls & Bad Eddies

Glad you survived, but probably not as glad as you are.

Anyhow, that recalls two experiences with similar cliff-sucks.

Doing the Day Run above Moab at about 25k (maybe over-casual about it), I got too near the cliffs river right and was caught in a circular slam thing. Wham and around and wham and around, etc. Scary. I was in a small double oarframe cat. Really quick turnaround: I screamed High Side and she jumped, then NO— THE OTHER HIGH SIDE! I got in a lucky stroke in about the 4th or 5th circulation, that punched us out into the current.

At Bedrock Rapid in the Grand Canyon we had a few boats swept left, down an angular rockbound channel bordered with vicious keeper eddies. Our biggest boat— an 18-ft. Jack's El Tigre, got spun and slammed repeatedly before busting out, with people thrown off and retrieved: carnage. Right after that a mini-snout rig (25 ft. cat with motor) got buggered in the same spot. They broke a couple oars and sheared the prop off their motor.

The power of those things is incredible.


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