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Old 08-31-2011   #1
Idaho Springs, Colorado
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Scary Kirshbaum incident

So I'll keep this short and to the point. Last September had a somewhat "close" call in Kirshbaum. I was about half way through the drop when I flipped (just above the "meat" of the rapid) and during my roll attempt I was stuffed under a rock and pinned. I couldn't exit the boat and spent an uncomfortable amount of time underwater. Everything turned out ok, but I figured that I should just toss out a reminder that complacency can be fatal...I simply became too comfortable with the run and wasn't paying attention to what I was doing. I didn't post any report last year as I was kinda embarassed, but with Gore coming back into normal levels I wanted to give the heads up that weird shit could happen really quick in there.

Be safe and I'll see you on the water!


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Old 08-31-2011   #2
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Nice looking out Gavin. Have a fun and safe Gore season!

"You know that old trees just grow stronger and old rivers grow wilder, everyday..."
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Old 08-31-2011   #3
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If you had been using a paddle, you wouldnt have gotten stuck. ;-]
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Old 08-31-2011   #4
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You probrably got shoved into "the move" rock. Thanks for the post!!

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Old 08-31-2011   #5
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As a fellow member of the Kirshbaum swim team, I feel for ya dude. At least you weren't wearing a Gore Race "Safety Crew" bib when you did yours.

Definitely a rapid to have full respect for. Whatever it lacks in spectacle it makes up for with longevity.
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Old 09-02-2011   #6
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I appreciate you posting this and am happy for the reminder.

I know people who paddle Gore, and it's always so tempting to step it up because it has such a long season, but it's always good to be reminded of why I have it in the back of my head not to be in any hurry to paddle Gore or other Class V runs.

I better stick to Shoshone or 200+ CFS Waterton if I'm jonesing in the Winter.

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