Disturbing run: Flash flood on Clear Creek of the Ark
my good friend Tom and I put in on Clear Creek last night. We noticed it was high at the put-in, and had a very bad sense, but we didn't vocalize our feelings clear enough to each other. We should had much better communication, and used the obvious judgment to turn away. We didn't, and that's something to think about. Turns out we were on it with about 800 to 1000 cfs. We both had very nearly died, with seperate epic swims that involved near drownings, and self rescues involving branches, cliff walls, and horrifing swims. We both thought the other might be dead. Barely catching the last few inches of a branch with my hands with the only life I had left in me, saved my life by a second. Tom later puked out over a gallon of water, and was taken to the hospital to be checked out. All gear was lost. One boat was recovered later. What I saw in there was really bad, and wrong. What I paddled through in the first gorge, and swam through later, was very disturbing. There were also trees coming down that brown colored creek that were large enough to easily kill a person upon impact, and at some point they were coming down in quantity to pass me every few seconds. Just a story to learn from. In case you are in the area, here is the gear we lost in there: A Prijon Kompressor Kayak, a Prijon carbon fiber paddle, both with the name of Sammer Elias on them; A Blue Pool Paddle with red tips with the name of Tom Doherty on it.