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Old 05-27-2006   #1
Father of illegitimate San Juan sasquatch children, Climax. CO
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Vallecito Accident

Regrettfully I have to report an unfortunate circumstance that happenned today around 1pm. A crew of 4 kayakers started just before another group of 3. The first group started at 12:15 pm. The second group started shortly after, but an exact time is unknown. The flow was 450cfs. The first group made the run without a hitch and stopped at every rapid to look for new wood and scout even though they were veterans of the run.
A friend of the first group approached us at the take out and relayed the message that a kayaker was missing in the gorge. We scrambled safety gear and headed up. Search and rescue arrived just as we were going up. They responded within five minutes. Two of us were chosen to help up top. After searching both sides of the gorge for about 30 minutes a helicopter arrived and began looking. Rope teams, police, search and rescue, fire, and forest service law enforcement were all there doing what they could.
After directing them to the scene, the boat and paddle were found but no kayaker. The boat flushed down after three hours of being stuck in the entrance falls pool, above trashcan. No kayaker has been found as of 6:30 pm and is now presumed gone.
The kayakers in the group explained the scenario. The swimmer swam through trashcan after numerous attempts to save him from the pool at entrance falls where he pulled. They got in their boats to try and catch him in the pool before pick-up-sticks, but he had disappeared. they did not see him for the rest of their quick exit through the gorge.
The kayaker was Adam. I do not know much about Adam except that he was from boulder.
I am incredibly sorry to report this, but the group felt that since the family was notified it would be prudent to tell friends. I do not want to give a last name and will leave that to someone who knew him much better than myself.
I was told that Adam was an expert kayaker with the skills to handle Vallecito. It was his first time down and may not have scouted the gorge. I think that he respected the power of the river just as much as anyone could from the way he talked about the run at the put-in and seemed confident. I think that there was a combination of many uncontrolable and controlable things that lead to this disaster.
Our discussion this afternoon was surrounded in circumstance, but the main theme was just that anything can go wrong at any time. Please be ready for it. Do your homework if you are going to run something of this caliber at this level of water. This is serious and could change everything. I don't want anyone to feel this sadness for the loss of such a life. I cannot imagine what his good friends and family feel.
His friend at the scene felt that this post would help keep other people from finding themselves in this position and all of us agreed. Please keep this in your mind next time you are on the water. Be safe, Johnny

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Old 05-27-2006   #2
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First of all, my condolences to Adam's friends and family.

I just spoke with the helicopter pilot from search and rescue, and he told me that Adam was last seen floating down the left side of the river at the bend below the slide part of Trash Can.

I gave this information to the pilot but thought it might also be useful for those looking for Adam tomorrow (I would go there but I'm safety boating tomorrow).

There is a boof between Trash Can and Pick Up Sticks. Nearly everyone runs it river right, however, there is a slot between the left wall and the boulder that makes the boof. In that slot is a seive. If Adam had made it past Pick Up Sticks, he would have been found before Fuzzy Bunny.

I think kayakers should look for Adam in that sieve. Kayakers will have to catch the river left eddy after the boof to be able to look back up into the seive for signs of the orange lifejacket. Sorry for the grim description, but it might prove useful.

Once again, my best wishes to Adam's friends and family.


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Old 05-28-2006   #3
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anybody know adam's last name?
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Thanks for the post Johnny.

So sorry to his family and friends. What a sad day.

Here is the first Herald article.

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This is a huge loss to the boating community. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.
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I don't think that I knew Adam but I wanted to extend my prayers to the friends and family and send my condolences as well. It's a tragic day in the whitewater community.


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Just wanted everyone to know Adam was a great and very intense man. He was always smiling and very optimistic in life and boating. He was loved and respected by the folks who paddled with him. He was a great Kayaker, and vallecito was well in his capabilities.

RIP- Adam

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I'm finding it hard to believe that Adam is gone. He is much larger than life itself and I won't accept his death until they find a body, trust me, he's tougher than any of us. Adam is a 5+ boater and an even better man. Please find him. My prayers are with those who are also suffering.
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Adam Barron is his name
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RIP Adam

All day I've been hoping that it was someone different- someone I didn't know- someone besides Adam B. Wow, I'm at a loss. Adam came into the state like a hurricane. He wanted the goods as soon as I met him. He lived for the moment, paddled like it was his job, he loved life, his friends, and kayaking. I'll miss the visits and the stories. Adam left behind a lot of friends and paddling buddies- just like a hurricane anyone that got into Adam's path felt his impact. He'll be missed dearly.


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