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Old 03-31-2009   #21
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Asleep: thanks for the multi-level beta on H 1/2 M. I'll add it to my Lodore notes in the unlikely event I get another permit (the NPS lottery hates me).

Here's a classic blackmail pic of me and the Wolf Goddess taking a breather on Lucifer's head.

(photo by Nancy Hess)

For some reason I thought I should go as fast as possible and by the end we were really hauling: hence the superb placement. I sent a copy to Paco (Nancy's brother) and they posted it on the board at the JPW plant, as proof of how indestructible their cat tubes are.

I told the Wolf Goddess to hang on and shifted my weight aft, which slurped us backwards— ka-whoomp! Worked like a charm. Here's the proof:

(photo by Nancy Hess)

Dry side up and totally poised (except for whatever she's yelling).

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Old 03-31-2009   #22
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I don't have a digital copy, but I'll try to scan the pic I have of me stuck. It took a little longer to get moving again...

BTW - thanks for the how-to on rope wrap. One of these days I'm going to finally spring for my own set of Smokers and will want to wrap them myself.
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Old 04-01-2009   #23
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I broke the blade off a Sawyer in the Ledge Hole at Lava. didn't even flip, and I have no idea what the mechanism was, but I've never seen/been in more violent water. swam the whole thing. still have nightmares about it.
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Old 04-01-2009   #24
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OK, so in the spirit of exposing our weaknesses, there's this photographer along the Alberton Gorge here in Missoula, takes photos of everyone so he can sell them. There's sweet series of my flipping in Tumbleweed this summer. Stupid mistake, but it's good practice. Note the swimmer in the hole. First rule is "don't make yourself a victim", I got distracted by him, looked away from where I was going before the last wave jumped up and bit me. Note how OBVIOUS that wave is in the photos, and that nonchalantly turning into a wave (while looking at a swimmer in a hole) is not ideal. DUH!

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Old 04-01-2009   #25
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Were you and your wife at the OR Show last summer w/ JPW?
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Old 04-01-2009   #26
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Nope— haven't been to OR since about 2001. I did attend for a couple years to do research and get samples for testing. Sort of like being in a Fellini flick with backpacks. Never seen so much stuff.

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Old 04-01-2009   #27
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I finally got my scanner to quit acting up. I have this and a shot of me mid-windowshade mixed in on the wall with the glory shots rafting / paddling - it's a good reminder of who's in charge out there.
Not that you can see it, but Lucifer is under all that Hypalon. Flow was 800, if I recall correctly.

This was taken after a quick attempt at a boy scout pull didn't work. I had untied the ducky I was carrying and already ferried the first two kids off the boat and we were waiting for them to send the ducky back down on it's rope for the other kids. Figured if we were going to flip coming off the rock, we should try to minimize swimmers... Especially since there is an ugly foot entrapment rock a little downstream on river left - which is why we didn't have customers ducky through that rapid and I had it tied on my boat in the first place.
Then one rope to the stern and an angle upstream and left with a second rope to the bow with an angle straight left. No pulleys or anchors, just 20 or so people on each line and we slid right off - albeit a little less composed than Chip was.

A big shout out to Gnarly Marley and the Adventure Bound crew that helped get me moving again - while they waited for the path to clear... (And if anyone lives in Junction and knows Marley, he was supposed to send me a copy of a sketch of this image that one of his peeps did during the rescue)

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Old 04-01-2009   #28
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Back to the oar wrap...You went with the Gull fir laminated oars. Interesting choice. Did you consider the Gull ash oars? Also, where'd you buy the oars from?
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Old 04-01-2009   #29
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jonnyk: For Gull Oars pretty cheap, go back to the head of page 2— I posted the link to Seattle Marine. If you punch through the oars you'll find the grips and tips. Why them? I used some in NZ and liked 'em, and the price was right. Also like the shape and the width of the blades, except for the squared-off tips. Second choice was Barkley Sound and third might be Van Fancy (all the links on p. 2). Spruce and fir are pretty strong and stiff for the weight and I do quite a few trips where I'm carrying a boat in or out (or both).

I'll see how they do and post a report next fall.

asleep: Good job, mate. Solid. Looks like you had plenty of water to work with, while I had plenty of rock. Such a weird feeling how we just oozed up and then stopped in mid-air. Not hard to get off— that algae is really slick. Just glad we landed right side up. The rest of the group enjoyed a good laugh, and I didn't mind the teasing. Much.
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Old 04-15-2009   #30
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Any tips for wrapping Cataract oars? I've got some 8.5' shafts that can't be purchased prewrapped.

Also, what keeps the oarstop from moving on the rope wrap?

Re those tip protectors, I've had bad experiences with them. Mostly with them holding water in and causing premature rotting of the blade tips. If you use them, don't store the oars with them in place.

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