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Old 08-18-2014   #31
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I dare say you couldn't spend long on any river without meeting someone who knew Beth. She was the most outgoing and friendly riverperson you ever met. She also broke boats and shed gear more than anyone I've known. The combination of these two traits was that she always showed up at the put in with a menagerie of gear-part hers and part borrowed. That was her charm: you couldn't keep her off the river and she was well loved by so many that she always had someone that she could borrow a boat, or paddle, or helmet, or drytop, or a throwbag from.

Beth we will all miss you dearly, we were lucky to have followed your lines for a while, boofing every rock along the way.

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Old 08-18-2014   #32
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Beth was one of my favorite people to paddle with. She was always excited to get in the water, and is one of the reasons why I was able to get so many good river days in this year. She added so much to the paddling community, both on the river and on the buzz. She will be missed, and thought of often.

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Old 08-18-2014   #33
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Beth was one of the paddlers whom I always held in the highest regard. Easy to talk to and even easier to paddle with.

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Old 08-18-2014   #34
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Beth was probably the most motivated to paddle of any of my paddling friends. She didn't care if it was 70 CFS or 7000. She wanted to paddle rain, snow, sun it didn't matter. Always looking to squeeze it in whenever she has time and ways looking to get a second run I somewhere else whether on the way or the way back or somewhere else entirely.

We'll miss you!

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Old 08-18-2014   #35
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Incredibly tragic and sad. She had a great heart and a great attitude. She will be remembered and missed.

I guess I'm a little confused, was she trying to hike OUT of the gorge or just trying to get around a rapid? scary and sad stuff. we've lost too many this year. Thoughts and prayers to her family....
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Old 08-18-2014   #36
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This is very sad to hear. She was a great contributor to the buzz. While I didn't have the privilege to know her, she will be missed.

Karma is like this: If we set causes in motion the effects come back to us.
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Old 08-18-2014   #37
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I really don't want to be the bearer of this news or the details, but it seems there are big discrepancies.

What I know with certainty is that Beth McVay died from a fall from a cliff river left in the vicinity of Pyrite rapid below gore. I was not in Gore Canyon at all this weekend. My "facts" are from a reliable party that floated in later than her party and saw her walking out of the canyon.

Gore was at the upper end of what Beth was comfortable paddling, but she had done it many times, frequently walking Gore rapid. She apparently had difficulties above Gore rapid and hiked partway out.

Instead of heading the rest of the way out she paddled back in solo and seems to have swam possibly from Gore to Pyrite, and subsequently fell to her death scaling the steep cliffs.

As moderators we have deleted a few posts that had guesses, hypothesis, third hand info or were posted prior to confirmation that the family had been notified.

I am greatly saddened by the tragic loss of a close friend.

There will be zero tolerance from the moderators from posts that contain unfounded speculation.


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Old 08-18-2014   #38
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Beth had a great barbaric yawp. From Whitman:

The past and present wilt - I have fill'd them, emptied them.
And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.

Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?
Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,
(Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

I concentrate toward them that are nigh, I wait on the door-slab.

Who has done his day's work? who will soonest be through with his
Who wishes to walk with me?

Will you speak before I am gone? will you prove already too late?

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab
and my loitering.

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric yawps over the roofs of the world.

The last scud of day holds back for me,
It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the shadow'd
It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.
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Old 08-18-2014   #39
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Your smile will be missed. RIP.
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Old 08-18-2014   #40
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Gah. I can't believe all the good ones that have been taken from this community.

This is just tragic. Can't believe I'll never hear her call me flowmax again. She was such a treasure. I'll always value her friendship and the good times paddling with that woman. She loved this scene and community probably more than anything.

Say hi to the rest of the fellas, Beth. I'm sorry I lost touch with you.

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