Alright buzzards, I want to try to start a tradition here. Over at calpaddle.com, they have a rule that when you swim, you have to post it to a thread in their forum called the SWIM BOARD (here is an example: Premature Evacuation - 2011 Swim board
). I want to start the same thing here. I know how we all love to talk trash, or perhaps offer emotional support when needed, and honestly, it'll just feel good to own up to it. It'll also be a great spot to thank your rescuers. Think of it as an internet supplement to river karma.
Of course, I wouldn't just start this thread at random. Allow me to kick things off with an admission of my own: During our trip to Chile, I had an out-of-boat experience during a high water run on the nevados. I had plenty of excuses, but it was still a swim. I suppose it was before new year's, so it was actually a 2012 swim, but I figured it was close enough. The next day, a different group made the same run at a similar level and had two swims of their own, and Eric Bartl gained a bunch of hero points in my book by leading a daring rescue of my boat and paddle along with theirs.
Since I was bored while editing a video about the rest of the trip, I threw together a very rough cut of the gopro footage from that swim. Enjoy the entertainment brought by my shame: