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Old 10-31-2012   #41
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I did a lot of paddling, but here are my personal firsts:

- 2nd gorge lime (so sick)
- nf and sf crystal (but with really low water)
- paralyzer with water (well, ok, not a first, but first for me since like 2005 or so)
- mamquam falls
- Honey badger on the slave river (3rd person to ever run it, so far as we know)
- Pratfall on the slave (really fun, but I always skipped it because it was too easy until this year)
- Highest water descent (that I've ever done) of Pelican on the slave
- duo runs with natalie down dave's demise, pratfall, english channel, and pre-edge/edge (all lines on the slave)

And there's still a lot of time left in 2012. Going to chile to watch natalie compete in the wwgp. I'll get at least a little paddling in.

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Old 10-31-2012   #42
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I ran 3 different Fish Creeks and 2 Salmon rivers this year. Kinda weird.

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Old 10-31-2012   #43
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I love these threads, some of you guys got some really impressive lists, especially for such a low water year.

this year i had 112 days on the water (my personal best)
just a hair over 1000 miles, including 500 commercial guiding miles (again both personal highs)
finally made it to commercial instructor mileage
winter Grand Canyon, 1 gore run (as a paddler), lots of poudre runs and a couple westy trips.
...however i think the only new stretches i knocked off this year were shoshone and ruby horsetheif.
still an awesome year, even if there wasn't much water

All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine.
- Spicoli
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Old 10-31-2012   #44
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Yeah no doubt everybody seems to really be getting after it. Def wouldn't have been a bad year to go to slave Leif. Have fun in chile you guys doing any sort of fun raiser for Natalie I'd send a couple bucks for some food.
2nd gorge of lime does look sick!
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Old 10-31-2012   #45
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For a low water season I am pretty stoked about the amount that i was able to get out on the river on a regular basis and knock off so a good list of new runs

*Pine Creek on the Arkansas (ended the summer with over 50 laps)
*Escalante Creek
*Bailey on North Fork of the South Platte
*Upper East
*top half of Oh Be Joyful
* Daisy Creek
* Cauldron on Lake Creek
*11 mile
* Gore!!!
~am currently at 38 laps with one of my days containing 3 laps in a single day.
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Old 10-31-2012   #46
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Didn't get as much paddling in this year as I wanted but got some in, first year in a while with no trip to cali.

Rio Brazo
Bull Lake
Dean River
Box of ashlu
cayoosh creek
The Bear in GA
the poo poo fork in TN
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Old 10-31-2012   #47
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Swannanoa, North Carolina
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New runs have gotten more challenging to come by for me lately, but I managed to nab about a half-dozen so far in 2012.

-Elkhorn Creek (KY)
-Eagle Creek/Metlako (OR)
-Upper Wind (WA)
-Clearwater Creek (WA)
-Gros Ventre (WY)
-A Couple of class I sections on the French Broad (NC)

Got back to Mann's Creek for the first time in 8 years, Cranberry for first time in 16.

The variety of craft was nice for me this year - creek boat, playboat, oar rig, paddle raft, shredder, squirt boat, and canoe.

Sitting at 110 river days with two months left in the year, have gotten wet in 11 states.

And of course, the highlight was getting back on the magical Middle Fork of the Salmon for 7 days back in May/June...
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Old 10-31-2012   #48
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Originally Posted by JCKeck1 View Post
I did pretty decent this year between 60+ hour weeks. Personal first Ds:

Russel Fork
I have photographic proof that you first ran this one last year, in 2011.


ps. nice list. bet your next one will be equally awesome, PNW style!
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Old 10-31-2012   #49
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N. Yuba (CA)
Butte Creek (CA)
Upper and Lower Mill Creek (CA)
Pandora's (CO)
West Fork San Juan (CO)

Other notable goodness:

Pauley (CA)
Upper and Lower Deer (CA)
Middle and South Smith (CA)
E. Fork Lewis (WA)
Embudo (NM)
Escalante X 3
1st Gorge Lime X 3
Cascade Creek
Vallecito X 10
Upper A X 2
Rockwood X alot
Gore X 8

Really not so bad for a super low water year.
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Old 10-31-2012   #50
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Mike, yeah we are planning on doing a little fundraising. This trip will be hard to afford. I'm guessing that the total price will come in around $5000. We'll set something up once we have the costs a little more precise. In the mean time, people can use the tip jar on natalie's entry video:

(Tip jar is the green button down below the video description.)

Trying to think of either the most controversial or least controversial way of asking for donations. We're also going to ask all our sponsors.

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