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Old 09-21-2014   #11
Steamboat, Colorado
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1st. Thou shout neal down before and thee and give unto me all thy worldly possessions, all your money your beer your liquor everything you have, your wife, your brothers wife, your friends wife your girlfriend and drive the shuttle
2nd Thou shout not argue thy first commandant.
........ I,m going to now pray for more guidance and when I shall awaken I will give unto thee more commandants. Now go and bring me the beer.
Mo' wives, mo' problems.

It's a good day to be a duck....
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Old 09-21-2014   #12
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Lots of good stuff above. I always like to remind folks of the three rules of Rafting:

1) Stay in the boat,
2) Stay in the boat, and
3) Don't get out of the boat

Other good things:
  • Remember to be careful on shore whether in camp or scouting - that's where most rafting injuries happen,
  • Wear shoes on the river that'll stay with you in a swim,
  • Ask permission before you hop onto someone's boat they're on,
  • Always buckle straps back after you take something off,
  • Set up a pee bucket at camp so no one's going down to the river in the night.

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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Old 09-21-2014   #13
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Scout and row your own line
Don't give up on your line (you can often make it work with plans B & C)
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Old 09-21-2014   #14
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Have fun
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Old 09-21-2014   #15
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Thou must inviteth me on all successful river lotteries
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Old 09-21-2014   #16
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Flatwater Commandment: Be behind the boat in front of you, not in front of the boat behind you.
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Old 09-21-2014   #17
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A lot of my favs have been covered, but here's a few more
1. Carry First Aid, rescue, and repair stuff and know how to use it.
2. Always carry a few extra carabiners & cam straps
3. Always do a safety talk before you launch, even seasoned rafters need reminders
4. Never, Ever "help" someone with their boat at the put-in or take-out unless they ask you to. If you start "helping" them rig or de-rig their boat without permission you may find yourself cam strapped to a tree.
5. Always be prepared for bad weather. It can change in river canyons in a heartbeat
6. Be helpful and have a good attitude.
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
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Old 09-21-2014   #18
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Run the v
Cut the c
Always watch your downstream oar
more snow = more water
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Old 09-21-2014   #19
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If though has to throw a throw bag, make sure that though has a firm grip on thyne rope and a solid place to anchor thyself and does not let go. If though does let go of a throwbag, thouest must retrieve the bag from the river in entirety.

Know thy own limits. Scouting and walking are not shame if it means you get to boat another day.
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Old 09-21-2014   #20
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....and I did awaken from my sleep and I was broke I had no more money. So I gave back my brothers wife and my friends wife and all the extra women to those without, and much rejoicing did take place and I call this day "Layover Day" I also began to share my love for the riv with all that came into contact with me and I was exceeding happy. And so I did declare it a commandment.
Yea unto those who do not slow down for who so ever goes faster then the water he shall be overcome with it.
Yea also he that leaves his downstream oar in the water shallows shall be awaken mightily and with a jolt.
Honor thy fellow boaters with respect and lo it will return tenfold.
Always follow the "P" rule. Proper Planing Prevents Piss Poor Performance!
and also the "S" rule Safety Safety Safety.

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