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Old 01-22-2009   #1
Down by the River, Idaho
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Rowing a Mini-Me...On the Grand!

Just wondering what you guys think of rowing a mini-me down the Grand. My launch is March 15. If it works to have someone at least help row my big boat I plan on rowing my mini-me down. Am I crazy? Obviously, I'd probably swim...

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Old 01-22-2009   #2
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why not I saw three guys take pack rafts down.

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Old 01-22-2009   #3
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Bwahahaha, dude, do it. That sounds like a riot for sure! Just get a higher flotation pfd this time, would ya!? Your gonna need another shot of you going into Lava for comparison.

Glad you got on a permit, right on. Paddle real hard and you might catch up with us in time for the rager at National.

...wait the park service reads these, nevermind, nuttin to see here...quick, a diversion
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Old 01-22-2009   #4
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do it

Dudeman on our Grand trip just smashed out the whole thing in a mini me. Flipped twice and swam twice, so not bad overall. He always self rescued and could flip the boat back over on his own. I followed him through a lot of rapids in a kayak, and he just got all ninja on it. He started out conservative but was eventually taking all of the big lines. It was great to watch.

Go for it!
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Old 01-22-2009   #5
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Air Time!

It's a hoot! Paddled most of it in a Pack Cató five swims. A Mini-Me with oars should have more maneuvering power, so you can do panic ferries, snap spins, and other necessary stuff.

One cool thing was the way my boat would ramp off the top of big waves and catch air.

Just make sure you've got a raft or two waiting to snag you, boat, oars, etc.
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Old 01-22-2009   #6
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shoot video of it
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 01-22-2009   #7
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Do it! I've rowed plenty o' class IV in my mini-me and it always feels oh so good! If it's rigged simply, you use oar tethers, and keep a flip line on the bottom, you'll have it back upright before you know it!

Here's a video of me killing Snaggletooth on the Dolores at about 2,000 CFS in the mini-me to inspire you.

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Old 01-22-2009   #8
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If my friends come through and I have someone that can row my big boat... Definitely going to do it!

Randaddy, think I want a little wait/gear in my boat or simply a skeleton?
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Old 01-22-2009   #9
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R1 it
Less equipment to lose
Rig a couple spares
More fun
Sell me your Mini Me
for low water Costa Rica
Have Fun
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Old 01-22-2009   #10
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Mini-me is my favorite toy. Never going to sell it.

R1 doesn't have enough power to bust through the sport lines!

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