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Old 06-04-2013   #1
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Some ugly CC narrows carn from social media.

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Good work to the dude in the Habitat. You probably saved a life. To the swimmer, hope you heal up and re-evaluate prior to your next outing.

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Old 06-04-2013   #2
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Damn, that was an ugly swim.

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Old 06-04-2013   #3
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It's tough to see what the swimmer is doing during a lot of the video, but overall it's a good argument against the "whitewater swimmer's position" in class IV-V whitewater. Trying to keep your arms and legs out of entrapments is all well and good, but if you're swimming in heavy whitewater, your goal needs to be to swim hard to shore. For most of the narrows, your goal is to get to the right shore ASAP.
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Old 06-04-2013   #4
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That was nasty! I know that it is hard, but please don't swim after just your second roll....swim as a last resort! Again, hind sight is 20-20, but in Class V, roll up like your life depends on it (because it just might!)!
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Old 06-04-2013   #5
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It might just be me,but I didn't see alot of aggressive self rescue,just a bunch of "hey buddy still in your boat,come save me!".Being a solid class 4 swimmer,I know the waters cold,and it zaps your energy,but get on that belly and freakin' swim!
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Old 06-04-2013   #6
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He could have been on shore alot faster had he swam a little. By the end I can see him being too tired to effectively swim, but for the first minute or two he had plenty of time to get to river right and out.

Bet he changes hobbies now.
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Old 06-04-2013   #7
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Note to self: be skeptical of anyone that wants to run class V and gears up with shin guards.
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Old 06-04-2013   #8
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IDK, seems like something went wrong in that class IV eddy, seems to quick to be a skirt pull like it imploded from the pour over or his leg popped out of the brace. Scary long swim.
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Old 06-04-2013   #9
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That's not a class IV Eddy. That's Mr. Bill. Probably the nastiest hole on the river after Rigor Mortis.
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Swim! I'd put them on your cockpit so you can see them and paddle with a ferry angle to shore..

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