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Old 01-05-2013   #11
Costa Mesa, California
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Amazing. What a great adventure.

And thank you very much for a great trip report.

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Old 01-06-2013   #12
Idaho, Wyoming
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It is hard to believe that no one would loan you their personal packraft for this.

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Old 01-06-2013   #13
Jenks, Oklahoma
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Thanks for sharing this adventure. Great photos as well.

It seems to me to be a real adventure trip. Doing that trip at that time of the year and solo is something I just don't think I would ever do. The chances for making a little bitty error and end up dead is more of a chance than I am willing to take. On the other hand, you had what it takes to pull it off and have come back to talk about it. Impressive! I have been down that river during permit season some 6 times in rafts and kayak. You doing it in winter in a pack raft solo makes me feel like a wimp considering the comforts of home and the delightful weather we had in June and July.
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Old 01-06-2013   #14
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Dam, you did not bail, I love it. Nice trip report, I enjoyed it. Thank you. A solo is tough.
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Old 01-06-2013   #15
Rainy Northwest, Washington
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Bad ass or dumb ass

I think the line between badass and dumbass is thin and blurry, and sometimes can only be judged after the fact. You did it, solo, and wrote a great trip report. flippin' awesome. Had you had trouble, and SAR folk had to leave their families and risk their lives to bail you out or recover your body, we would probably have said you were a dumbass.
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Old 01-06-2013   #16
Durango, Colorado
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There is a line between badass and dumbest, and this trip report falls squarely into the badass category.
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Old 01-06-2013   #17
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Wow, I don't hear people hating all over mountaineers saying what they do is stupid. Needing supplemental oxygen and the like.

Hate hate hate, let's just sing kumbaya for now? Good for you for getting out doing what makes you happy.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 01-06-2013   #18
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Speaking as someone who is primarily a climber that does some boating, we get on each others ass all the time for doing stupid solo shit in the climbing community. I would recon, there are many more solo climbers than solo boaters that do crazy solo shit. That being said, as was said before, the line between dumbass and badass for solo trips is generally outcome dependant. The level of personal risk on your trip was more than I would have taken solo, but I would do that trip with a partner 100%.

Bad Ass, great report!
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Old 01-07-2013   #19
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That's awesome! Hold ur head high ur definitely the bad ass of the week!
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Old 01-07-2013   #20
Eugene, Oregon
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For those with positive comments:

I am glad you enjoyed the TR. This is my first attempt at write up and in fact, this trip is the first time I have carried a camera with me in years. As far as writing the report, it was hard to know what to put in and what to leave out. I have more respect now for those who are regularly pumping out TR's.

Also, I specifically do not carry a camera with me on any of my solo trips which I expect to be challenging or dangerous. This is to help ensure that I never confuse my comfort level with any sort of external influence.

Here, my main reason for posting up was to highlight the packraft rental service. Those little buggers are super expensive. Yet, by being able to rent one, I was able to have the right tool for the job.


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