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Old 09-26-2014   #41
Breckenridge, Colorado
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There is no such thing as to many cam straps.
Clean up after yourself.
Always anticipate what needs done next and help out.
Be respectful of others on the river and don't be a knob. We're all friends out here.
Beer is best when cold.
Have fun!

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Old 09-26-2014   #42
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Originally Posted by MBroch View Post
What goes on the river, stays on the river.
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Old 09-26-2014   #43
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by oarboatman View Post
... Until the next time around the fire with the people that were witness to...
No kidding ! I decided a long time ago that the favorite topic of conversations and stories on river trips is previous river trips. "Hey, remember that Grand trip in 2006 and the wacked permit holder ..."
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Old 09-26-2014   #44
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by joelduder View Post
Always anticipate what needs done next and help out.
And a corollary is, don't spontaneously start helping someone with a task unless you're pretty sure they need help or they ask you. With people new to river trips, you'll frequently see them jump in to help with something like assembling a roll-top table. No way a task like that is going to go twice as fast with two people, so it's much more efficient to go find something else to do.
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Old 09-26-2014   #45
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Perspective from 40 years of river trips with 100's maybe thousands of folks just trying to pitch in, how many times have we/I resisted the temptation to yell "STOP HELPING!" - kitchen not packed back the way it should be, rigging every morning with helpful suggestions, lots of times folks who just don't know what they're doing... didn't we all once?
Resist any short-tempered response. If you care about rivers, or people, the idea is to bring them together.
Take care of each other - it's worth the effort.
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Old 10-03-2014   #46
crested butte, Colorado
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Run the IIIs like they're Vs and the Vs like they're IIIs
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Old 10-03-2014   #47
Carbondale, Colorado
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never heard that, and I dig it Cali!
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Old 10-03-2014   #48
Evereywhere, State of Bliss
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what he said....

Originally Posted by swiftwater15 View Post
bring your own damn chair.
So fucking tired of people looking at me like I'M the dick cause I want to sit in my dry, awesome, comfortable chair. No I don't want to sit in your wet, crappy, uncomfortable chair! I have an REI camp x low. Love it!

My commandment to myself
Never give up! Never surrender!
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Old 10-04-2014   #49
Castle Rock, Colorado
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Not commandments, just some worldly observations:

Your children (and/or wife) do not recognize your exclusive ownership of anything, nor a need to provide notification before using anything.

Put your name and phone number on everything you own.

PBR is why boomers created microbrews.

NRS gear is not the best, but it is usually good enough.

Checklists are better than anyone's memory.

Actually, you can eventually own enough straps.

You can read and run Joe Hutch at low water; no the landing site on RR for scouting is not obvious.

The BLM will never understand how to build a boat ramp.

Trip opportunities are most likely to come when you have a trip already planned.

Never boat Pumphouse on a Saturday in July.
Or August.

Judy (at AAA) does actually know everything, but Mark explains it better.
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10 commandments / pet peeves

1. Never carry your personal gear to the camp and pick your tent site until all group gear is unloaded and carried to the camp.
2. Never set up your tent until the groover, hand wash station(s)and kitchen is set up.
3. Always ask "what can I do to help" if you are a newbie.
4. He/she that cooks does not wash dishes.
5. Never help cook someone else's meal unless asked.
6. Never pick up and shake a spice container over anything except your plate of food (unless you are the cook).
7. Never ask the boatman carrying the groover and hand wash station why he is always the last boat ready to launch is the morning, he is sure to let you find out the hard way.
8. If you snore set up as far as possible from others.
9. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
10. Spit your tooth paste in the river.
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