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Old 03-23-2010   #1
 
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Careful out there friends

The east coast paddling scene just lost a true ambassador last week. Jim was always the mother duck for many learning and skilled alike. He will be missed. Take a sec today and think about it and send some good vibes to the east coast tribe.
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Old 03-23-2010   #2
 
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Has there been any information released yet on what actually happened to cause his death?
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No Trip report yet!

Jim was very well known back east and I think it might be some time before the parties involved get to the TR. I'm sure when things settle this incident will be brought to light for the rest of us.
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Old 03-23-2010   #4
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A sad way to start out a year. Condolences to the friends and family. Obviously don't know Jim, but anyone who loves a river is a friend to me. Gods speed.
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That's too bad, I'll be sure to pour a sip for him.
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Old 03-24-2010   #6
 
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Jim will be missed, He is the reason I run Bliss-Stick. Jim was a western MA pioneer, influencing just about everyone in the area. Peace.
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odd that the community from the message board is so tight lipped about the accident, most TR's don't have a lot of macabre detail anyways

it seems that someone who spent a lot of his life committed to whitewater safety would appreciate a summary of the accident to be proliferated

I know that having written a couple and having had a few friends write a few the process of writing a TR is usually cathartic
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odd that the community from the message board is so tight lipped about the accident, most TR's don't have a lot of macabre detail anyways

it seems that someone who spent a lot of his life committed to whitewater safety would appreciate a summary of the accident to be proliferated

I know that having written a couple and having had a few friends write a few the process of writing a TR is usually cathartic

That is exactly what I was thinking. Every time I asked it was the same reply. No trip report because he was was a great guy and an expert kayaker. He was running on a popular river, if there is some danger to avoid or some lessons to be learned, the facts should be known.
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The folks in the know just witnessed a tragedy. Chill your need to know and let people grieve. If there was a hazard they would have posted.
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I think that is the question. Is there some hazard on the creek that people need to be aware of? I don't think anybody is being insensitive to wonder what happened. It could save somebody's life in the future. Lessons learned.

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