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Old 02-28-2013   #31
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Old 02-28-2013   #32
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Holbek & Stanley
Walter Kirschbaum
Walt Blackadar
Charlie Beavers
the Snyder Brothers
Scott Lindgren

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Old 03-01-2013   #33
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Austin Rathman
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Why hasn't anyone mentioned Jimmy Holcombe. He is one of the original pioneers of the sport, and has been doing more to teach new people the sport than most of the names listed. He has multiple first descents, and paddled with most of the people mentioned. I took my Swift Water Rescue coarse from him, and later took my Level IV ACA cert from him. One of the best instructors around, and a super fun loving attitude. He had a story about Walt Blackadar coming to the south east. Said Walt would drink something called green dragons. (KoolAid, and vodka.) He said that he had that Walt had a lot of trouble on the Upper Chattooga, because it was more creeky, but when they got to Section IV which was about 3 feet at the time Walt excelled. All the South East guys were looking at Sock Em' Dog talking about the hole, and Walt said "What Hole?" and charged on. Jimmy has been an influential part of who I am as a paddler, and an instructor. Every story he shared with me I cherish. It would be sad not to see him on the list.
Also Milo Dufek, because I use Dufeks all the time
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Old 03-01-2013   #35
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I think you meant to say that Austin Rathman is the paddler most "under the influence" of all time, not the most influential.

Shouldn't you be unravelling the mysteries of the universe or something?
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Old 03-01-2013   #36
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What did Austin ever do besides run a dam and swim in Wassons?
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Old 03-01-2013   #37
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Jack and Marykay Hession: Numerous first descents in Alaska in the 60's and 70's.

Andrew Embick and Chris Roach

Cully Erdman

Walt Blackadar

Kathy Blau

and how about Bill McGinnis or Richard Bangs
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Old 03-01-2013   #38
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Oh and how about Eric Evans
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Old 03-01-2013   #39
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A lot of great names mentioned, you can tell where a person comes and their age by who they think is the greatest.
At the moment, I have CO plates on the Truck with one of those sweet CO Native stickers, been here like a year and a half, "Get out of my way! Can't you see I am Native! Going to ski the super steep Gnar at Vail!"

Now that I have established myself as a CO Native, I cross off my previous endorsements of all those CA Rock climbers who liked to climb carrying kayaks and endorse the greatest kayaker of all time, a true ambassador to the sport. A person who died far to young, who's now in heaven with Tupac and BIG.

CHUNDERBOY for President!
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yeah Richard Bangs his travel show all the time......Piotor Chemlinski /CanoAndes group..

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