Originally Posted by ednaout
Okay in the time it took me to write my post there were 8 responses (including your above justification)....
Like I said, I haven't run Bailey or UG in a kayak but my own common sense tells me to strongly DISAGREE with you....Strongly. Keep it up right over there in WV, XTRAHEAT.
I'd agree. A fuck up on first falls has more consequences than your average swim on the upper gauley. Having ran both numerous times, I'd rather boggie board the upper gualey than mess up first falls.
With that said, most class 5 creeks are way more dangerous than anything on the upper Gauley. This is a retarded post, because there are plenty of people paddling the Gauley without a bombproof roll. Hell, if the word bombproof is even mentioned, the person doesn't have a bombproof roll. It's a mute point for good boaters.
In all honestly though, I think that first falls would claim more lives than the UG, if the population and number of runs were the same. As Evan noted, it's not a place to mess up. On the average class 5 creek, there are plenty of places where one doesn't want to mess up (Double Trouble, Cool World, Narrows at high water, Lake Creek, etc). Why is it ok to run these, but it's not ok to run first falls?
I still remember running blue angle style through first falls with the FoCo crew (one person was always walking it).. Such good times.