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Old 09-30-2012   #1
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Another Devastating Loss

Very sad to report that the whitewater kayaking community has lost an amazing paddler, skier, and person.

Young Peter Thompson (age 19) passed away on the Cheakamus River on Friday.

Peter had been firing hard all season. I met him at the North Fork Championship in between his numerous laps on Jacob's Ladder. My brief experience with him was that he was a humble, super cool, and fired up kayaker. By all accounts, he was a great young man.

Since then he has been continuing to boat at a very high level, including getting the first descent of 100 foot Elk Falls in Canada.

This adds to the list of several elite paddlers who we have lost in our relatively small community. It's been a rough year. Be safe out there friends.

-Micah Kneidl

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Old 09-30-2012   #2
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My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
"You know that old trees just grow stronger and old rivers grow wilder, everyday..."
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Old 10-01-2012   #3
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Peter was the shit, only 19 years old and one of the best skiers and kayakers in the world. Pretty much the guy to hook up with in BC at only 19.

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Old 11-12-2012   #4
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So sad. I wanted to bump this for a contrast to other posts about the WWGP. Also to update the news that his body was found and more is known about his accident. In the spirit of learning what we can from bad situations, his partners said he hit a rock which slowed his boat and he missed his boof and he penciled in. Condolences to all, I know people who knew him and many people are still hurting and will be for a long time.

I am sorry I never had the chance to boat with him. Be safe.

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Old 11-30-2012   #5
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Audio interview on December skiing article about expert fatalities:

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Having the skills to do a descent is separate from the ability to assess the risk. Experience does not necessarily improve one’s safety since sometimes it builds complacency. Avalanches are like whitewater risks in they happen fast with power, but are less forgiving.
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