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Old 01-29-2013   #21
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Now I can't wait for my next swim.

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Old 01-29-2013   #22
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This year, I'm going to try to stay in my boat.

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Old 01-29-2013   #23
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This will be awesome... I mean...not that I'll have anything to post or anything, but ya know, reading other people's posts will be awesome !
"You know that old trees just grow stronger and old rivers grow wilder, everyday..."
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Old 01-30-2013   #24
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I'm looking forward to many flips this year with my new small cat and going into lots of places it doesn't belong. I do not hope for swims, which on a cat is really just falling off a perfectly good boat.... Last year I had only one flip, even pulling back for a surf in Lochsa falls every time. The flip was in the stupidest place, it was a good lesson. This will be fun!
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Old 01-30-2013   #25
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I had a rough day in the New River Gorge at 2.5' a few weeks ago. Swam at Lower Keeney after missing a few rolls in some big water. Fortunately I was on line when I was upside down and didn't get washed into the sieve they call "the juicer". Then I swam again at Fayette Station in the run out. I was too tired to hit a roll, it was embarrassing.
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Old 01-30-2013   #26
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I swam once this year on the gambler up a big timber crick. Probed it and didn't have a fighting chance swam and Evan Garcia was on shore with a stick to pull me out. Took three of us to remove the kayak from said hole. And remember be safe!
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Old 03-17-2013   #27
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Here we go, It did not take too long for me.

Westwater 3-16-13 flow 2,400cfs

rapid: sock it to me.

I got backendered by the first wave and finished off by the second wave. I was on the eddy line, tried to roll once.

Then I swam.

Tips for improving my hang time? man, I am a sad paddler.
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Old 03-17-2013   #28
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Well, well, well. Guess I should post, since I got my first swim in for the year too.

Wednesday, March 13th in Browns Canyon at 150 cfs.......

Scouted 4x4 rock at the bottom of Pinball and 90% of the water was going into a sieve. The other 3 paddlers, all of which are better than me, decided to portage. I have ran this rapid so many times, I thought for sure I had the line....

Hit my bow trying to make the ferry move and broached on 4x4. My tail got sucked into the sieve and vertically pinned me with my face about 8" below the surface. Pulled my skirt and flushed through the sieve. My paddle stuck in it and took a good 4-5 minutes to pop out.... luckily the only gear lost was my sunglasses.
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Old 03-17-2013   #29
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Good stuff man. That looked like a wicked little hole. Nice moves above it though! Great water too.
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Old 03-17-2013   #30
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Kudos to Myers and Bob for being on the river this early, swim or not I'm jealous back here in the city. Don't forget to post your bodily injuries from the swims as well. Gruesome pics of bloody legs, arms and facial trauma welcome. Lord knows I've got a few shin scars I'll carry to my grave.

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