Bailey at 800cfs + swim
Bailey at 800cfs
Last Sunday with, Goodman, Paris, Crabtree and 4 other guys. It was great!!. I had a good and a bad day. Good until I lost my paddle just above Super Max. Paddle on to Super Max with a break down paddle. Walk super max with everyone else. Except Chad who makes it look like class 3. Paddle on to Deer Creek rapid. Get flipped before somwhere before it. Do not have a roll with the break down paddle. I mean four attempts with out even getting my head up. I rembember thinking "I don't f'ing belive this" and "are there even blades on this thing". After number three and then thinking "maybe I should just fing hand roll". From this point on the day was lousy.
I start hitting stuff. Paddle gets ripped. (again) I pull, I swim and swim big. I'm on my own. There's not much anyone can do, It's not exactly a easy section at 800. I'm getting worked. Really worked! It's a relentless section most of my efforts were focused on keeping clear of rocks. I remember this one rock I was sure would pin me if I hit it square and how swimming hard right to avoid it didn't help as much as I had hoped, but enough to wash me just to the right of it with a little leg bracing as I got close. I also remember my feet catching enough going over one drop to stand me up and send me chest first over it. I almost get out a few times on river right but current was to strong and shore not so good. Must have swam 50 to 75 yards at this point. Not really sure. I spotted a small cable above the next drop and grab on mainly just to catch my breath, I needed it. Looking over the drop I make eye contact with David and another boater Alex in the eddy river left of the drop I was just above. They look very serious and surprised that I'm hanging on where I am. (Climber strength) I'm not in the best spot really, we all know it. I was just catching my breath which I sorely needed. It was by no means somewhere I could have held on for too long. I adjust my grip and relax some to conserve. Dave say's to me "be careful". He doesn't like the cable and is worried I might get stuck somehow. I ask "what should I do?" He tells me get to river left. That was pretty much my plan. Dave moves to get out of his boat on river left and ready a rope. I think he was planning on hitting me with it where I was hanging on. I'm thinking "there no way I'll be able to grab it one handed. It's also beginning to get hard to hang on so I decide it's better to use energy swimming rather and hanging on any longer, (it's been maybe 1 or 2 min) so a few last breaths and I launch the next drop and swim hard left. Didn't have a chance at the eddy they were in but I catch the next one and drag my self out. Worked. Matt put first AID on the cut above my nose and the rest of the guys lug my boat up. I walk out from here, five min's from Deer Creek. Mike had a sweet boof on the second half of Deer Creek. Felt better after Deer Creek and started looking for paddles so as to paddle the flat water out instead on dragging my boat. I saw a few big sticks and was considering using them. Now that I think about it I don't think I would have been able to get my skirt on anyway. My right thumb is broken. So anyway hope someone finds my paddle and Chad's break down. Besides the thumb and a sore nose I'm fine. I can't wait to get back on Bailey, if those guys will have me back:-S