I often agree with ol schutzie but in this case i think he's a little off. Honestly, considering the buzz in general I dont think anyone has gotten that much of an ego pump, just offered some good advice. I certainly expected more after watching.
pearen has some great advice to give and didn't attack or degrade hitchek at all. pearen was actually real sweet to inform hitchek and the buzz in general about some avoidable blunders that certainly helped lead to a FUBAR run. I was thinking all the things pearen mentioned when I was watching the video.
I have run the gorge high. Didnt run it at 6k this year, but have at 5k and a for a successful (not survived but successful) run, a good crew, solid rigging, constant attention, big and pushy rowing and self rescue skills are required. I consider the gorge, especially at 6k a very serious FAST run and should be treated as such with all the aforementioned things in mind which did not seem apparent in the video. Things could have easily gone much worse in that situation.
Again, as pearen said, only judging from what I saw in the video, for hitchek to get out of there unscathed and with just a lost oar, a popped tube and presumably stained but rinsed out undies is something he'll hopefully be thanking the river gods for, not just looking back on. I know I would be.
Hitchek, thanks for letting that video out so the buzz can learn from it. Let me know if you need a hand fixing that rip. Good work pulling it together, adjusting that tube and rowing out of there. Lots of people would have walked down the tracks where the video ends.