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Old 05-02-2015   #11
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Paddling Since: 1987
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The eagle was my back yard for 33 years. We only had the gauge in Dowd up until a few years ago.

I've never, ever made a course directional move in the chutes, other than keeping it straight in dozens and dozens of paddle and oared trips.

My biggest concern was/is the railroad bridge pylon at high flows.

That said, my only wrap (other than a half a freaking million uniquely prepared lunch wraps), was on a very high water trip (over 7ft). I got taken to the wood shed. As we got through the class IV, I relaxed my guard. Which caused the worst swim of all three of our lives. I wrapped my boat at the golf course bridge in eagle-vail. Bad swims for all of us. My worst before or since.

I'll never let my guard down again.

I've gone on to do some amazing trips since. That swim really humbled me. I'll never be the same because I really did almost die. It taught me that I have a responsibly when I'm at the oars...for far more than me.

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