Originally Posted by leif
"Springwood, huh? Do you know Joe?"
"Ha ha, yeah that Joe guy thinks he's good, but he's actually a total beater. Let me tell you an unrelated story about how awesome I am."
Translation: this guy is a hazard on the river. At putin, pretend to have forgotten an elbow pad so that you don't have to paddle with him.
The old one-upper! This guy is my favorite.
If I'm solo with some unknowns, I consider I'm potentially paddling alone and make sure the run is in my comfort zone. If I'm with a few people I know I don't care who joins, but I rarely have any time constraints.
The real paddling community isn't THAT big in the front range and I feel like someone I know and paddle with regularly knows or has heard of anyone who has been around and paddles class IV. Everyone also knows who that one person is who talks a lot of shit but swims all the time is.
People also have varying stress responses when they're boating. I try to avoid the "freak out" people (fun suckers) but I don't take boating as seriously as some people. I'm confident in solid IV/IV+. I get nervous in V-. Statistically you're more likely to die on the way to the put-in.