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Old 11-27-2010   #51
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Originally Posted by cmike1 View Post
I swam Pine Creek from just below the hole through triple drop and beyond at 2300 once. My bud were right beside me but could only offer limited help through the meat. I swam as hard as I could, but kept getting pounded through wave sets and holes. I'd get a brief moment to spit out water and take a breath before getting bounced down to the bottom again. When I finally self rescued and drug myself up on shore I laid face down coughing out water for several minutes. Closest I've ever come to dying on the river.

After that, I definitely believed one could flush drown. Getting into anything above -IV messed with my head for a long time.
Thats a suck swim at any flow. I have swam it at lower flows and its not fun at lower levels either.

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Old 11-28-2010   #52
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Ask Jesus how he did it and start walking on water, buddy.
Keep your head, but use the adrenalin! You're gonna hit stuff. Just go into the hit like it was your plan all along. Fighting to miss it is just gonna put you in the wrong position to hit and bounce and recover smoothly. Pick a direction and keep heading that way. The longer you're in the water, the chances of a crappy ending just keep going up.

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