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Old 07-11-2007   #1
 
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Motor powered???

I can see the new Guiness Headlines now, "fastest descent of the Grand Canyon", or "biggest air off a standing wave"

I have talked smack about motorized water craft on rivers, but holy shi*t this looks fun!!!

First few minutes of this is lame.....but check that boat out.....


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That was sweet! Could you imagine screaming by the Westwater rangers in that?
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Walt Blackadar is spinning in his grave!
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Walt Blackedar is spinning in his grave

How many people on this site do you think know who WALT Blackadar is?
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most people here haven't been paddling since 1978, but some of us remember who walt was.
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As Christians tend to know Jesus, I assume that kayakers know Walt Blackadar. (But if not, consult Google.) He figured out how to use kayaks (at that time long and cigar-shaped) on big-water runs, and pulled off a lot of first-kayak descents on scary stuff.

If you paddle and don't know about what he accomplished, you should.

The motorised thing is a fun stunt, for sure. Trust the Brits.

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I read Never Turn Back: The Life of Whitewater Pioneer Walt Blackadar and would reccomend it to any whitewater enthusiast. But you are right, I'd venture a guess that a lot of current day paddlers have heard the name in passing but haven't read about him. What a frickin' stud he was, or maybe just nuts(in a good way).
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wow... that jet kayak was pretty sick. although the rally truck he was in was pretty outrageous too.
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I remember Walt...

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How many people on this site do you think know who WALT Blackadar is?

Ok so I'm just BSing here, but I've read his bio and he was an inspiration
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I had never heard his name but you peaked my curiosity so I did google him. Apparently, he died on the SF Payette the year I was born - 1978.

Anyway, I read the trip report of his solo first D of the Alsek River in Yukon/Alaska. Wow. Here's a link:

http://www.wetdawg.com/pages/whitewa...k/index_ww.php

That motoyak was pretty badass, too.
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