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Old 04-03-2010   #1
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cataract canyon with a broken arm?

Question? got a chance to run CC in the next couple weeks.... low water it looks like. My wife has a broken arm (no plaster cast).... she is a 15+ year Upper Gauley guide whats this section like at levels under 10k......

she wont be much help as a paddler but i think she would love the views!

So..... let me hear your opinions on weather or not she will end up in the water at a bad time or if she is gonna slam her hand 4 weeks post surgery..... also i should point out it is 3 MONTHS post a minor break...... she had surgery to fix a torn ligament..... 4 weeks before trip date

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Old 04-03-2010   #2
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powell did it with 1 arm
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Old 04-03-2010   #3
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If your in a decent size boat, and have some skill, I think your safe getting the wife down Cat at low to moderate flows. She should do something to give it a little protection and go have a good time.
I cut the fiberglass cast off my foot at the GC put in this time last year. Wore a walking cast instead, and had a great trip.
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She'll probably just row in circles
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Old 04-03-2010   #5
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powell did it with 1 arm
My first thought too. I'd say take an axe to that thing and get 'er done.
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Old 04-03-2010   #6
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cat with arm failure

i think as long as you, the boatman are dialed, there is no worries, rig up a painter in the front and tell her to hold on with that good arm and ride the bull. good camping at spanish bottom and a fine spot for a layover. ps on 4-20 009 we ran it at 30,000 and it was stout, i flipped my boat in the CLAW
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Old 04-04-2010   #7
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I did it with a broken shoulder blade and made it fine. Use a sam splint on the big drops just in case shit hits the fan but other than that just do it and have fun
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Lows flows plus a bigish boat plus a good oarsman equals a very low chance of flips or swims. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 04-06-2010   #9
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Thanks for the input..... i think she is gonna see how the surgery recovery is going and decide in a few days.

Also if she does't go she gave me the green light to take another girl. Prefer brunets......
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We just got off the cat last week i think it was around 6200cfs. it was all read and run but i suggest scouting bd3, there's definitely some nasty pinners. Also make sure you have a shuttle or a motor.
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