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Old 09-20-2014   #1
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Rafting Commandments

If you had to come up with some black & white road rules, or perhaps "commandments" to put on a plaque of sorts for new rafters to learn from - what would they be?

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Old 09-20-2014   #2
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1 Spin to win.
2 Watch out for speed bumps.....they are your friends.

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Old 09-20-2014   #3
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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.
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Old 09-20-2014   #4
Carbondale, Colorado
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1) Rig to flip, Dress to Swim.
2) All about angles and momentum, just like sex
3) Stay With the Boat - Self Rescue
4) T Up everything
5) Follow down stream V's
6) Go with the Flow
7) Be either faster or slower than the current
Don't Stand Up in Moving water
9) Practice ferries ( forward and backward)
10) when in doubt, back it up....
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Old 09-20-2014   #5
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Set up for where you need to be and do it early. I was used to a kayak where I could get about wherever I wanted fast.
Focus on where you want to go and go there, do not focus on what you wish to avoid because you'll end up there. This helped on westwaster at 8k the first time I rowed a raft lol.
In camp do stuff before you have to ask if it needs done. Help out, be patient, and, don't be an arrogant know it all.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. KARL MARX
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Old 09-20-2014   #6
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Thou shall always scout with a throw bag. You never know who will be floating by to show you the wrong line.
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Old 09-20-2014   #7
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Thou shalt not drop the down stream oar.
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Old 09-21-2014   #8
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I like rivh2o 's the best.

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Old 09-21-2014   #9
Golden, Colorado
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- If in doubt,scout.

- Rivers don't have an "off" switch. Respect their power.

- Always wear your PFD. Always.

- Always have a pin kit and the knowledge how to use it, no matter how easy the river.

- Always have a throw bag, two is better.
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Do your share and a little more, with a smile, every day.
Laugh a lot and enjoy the river.

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