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Old 03-22-2010   #21
 
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Well thanks everyone for your opinions. You’ve pretty much validated what I thought. Everyone that knows me, knows I swim…not a big deal to me. But with another, I’ve observed them taking much joy in someone else’s swims. If it was just in poking fun – that would be one thing. But in attempts to elevate yourself by putting another down - that, to me, is bad river ju-ju.
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I used to read a book to my kids called Everyone Poops. You could re-write the book for kayakers and call it Everybody Swims. Its just part of the sport. It does make for some good campground folley discussing the the misfortune of others while you drain the boot yourself.
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Old 03-22-2010   #23
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Wait a second, I'm lost here. Who swam? And where? Was it epic, or what?
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Old 03-22-2010   #24
 
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Is it more embarrassing to swim as a rafter or a kayaker?
I second this question.
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As mentioned previously, "if you paddle you're in between swims". The positive side of swimming is that you hopefully get really good at self rescues. I'm a believer in focusing on the positive when the shit hits the fan.
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I like the comment that says you're between swims if you're boating. Damn straight. A clean run is great, but swims teach lessons better than anything.
I agree. I've only swam once (thus far) but it was a great learning experience. I'm not ashamed, in fact I have it all on film.

My first swim in Funnel Falls:

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Is it more embarrassing to swim as a rafter or a kayaker?
Having done both I'd say it's more embarassing to swim as a rafter, especially as the guide through Seidels.
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I swam 5 times last year. Hate swimming and F%^&K learning self rescue, my buddies can get my gear and boat I have other things on my mind, like flipping Ben off as he films my 3rd one.
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I swam 5 times last year. Hate swimming and F%^&K learning self rescue, my buddies can get my gear and boat I have other things on my mind, like flipping Ben off as he films my 3rd one.
lol at least you got your priorities straight! Love it.
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I swam in the lochsa a few years ago. I was sure glade I had nose plugs and new booties.

Ps: After swiming in both, I'd rather swim from a raft. The whole missing rolls thing herts my ego to much.. and it can't look good either..
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