Red Dagger Kingpin 6.1 - Royal Gorge
I just wanted to make everyone aware that there is a Red Dagger Kingpin under the wall at Wallslammer on the Arkansas. Thankfully, the owner is out safe! Their name and number are in the boat if found. I have contacted AHRA. We are currently working on getting a raft in order to retrieve it safely. Due to it's location under the wall there was no safe way to retrieve it last night. It is floating under the wall, so it could release on it's own if flows drop.
The lesson: Stay AWAY from that wall!!! I know that is an obvious statement, but please don't forget it. I've been paddling the Gorge for over twelve years now and hope I never see again what I saw last night. I was paddling behind my friend when they were typewritered into the wall one second and under the wall totally gone the next... I saw nothing, but I heard the boat banging on the rocks, then nothing, then finally I saw a frantic swimmer. I think the whole thing was over in 15 - 20 seconds. It sure felt like eternity as I bounced around in the eddy on river left helpless.