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Old 05-20-2008   #1
 
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Rope below Rigamortis in Clear Creek

This one sucks. A rope was fully dispersed out of the bag immediately below the big hole. Due to a mis-communication on whether I or the swimmer who was out of site around the corner was going to let go of the bag and who was going to collect it, it is in there now.

As I was pulling to try to collect it, I mistakenly thought a snag was the swimmer pulling back. I sent a third person around the rock to make sure the swimmer was out of the water and to tell him to start stuffing the rope. I misunderstood the third person's response and let the rope go.

I think it might still be snagged on river right just right of the island.

The bag is a yellow Salamander with red/yellow rope. I looked downstream for the next couple hundred yards but it was too dark at this point to see anything. I will be there first thing tomorrow to continue looking for it.

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This one sucks. A rope was fully dispersed out of the bag immediately below the big hole. Due to a mis-communication on whether I or the swimmer who was out of site around the corner was going to let go of the bag and who was going to collect it, it is in there now.

As I was pulling to try to collect it, I mistakenly thought a snag was the swimmer pulling back. I sent a third person around the rock to make sure the swimmer was out of the water and to tell him to start stuffing the rope. I misunderstood the third person's response and let the rope go.

I think it might still be snagged on river right just right of the island.

The bag is a yellow Salamander with red/yellow rope. I looked downstream for the next couple hundred yards but it was too dark at this point to see anything. I will be there first thing tomorrow to continue looking for it.

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Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep my eyes open.

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Thanks for letting us know and a super extra thanks for doing the right thing and going back to look for it.
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Thanks for the heads up. It is easy to go deep on the last 2 drops/holes on the right side of that huge rock on the exit of Rigor Mortis so it might be a good idea for everyone to try to pick a line with a boof stroke that gets you over the top. The 2nd of the two can give you a mystery move if you just melt it in a low volume boat.

One year there was a log (under the water) there and it is a natural collection point for debris so I think it is always a good idea to try to skim the top there anyways.
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I am glad I opted out yesterday! Good to hear everyone is alright.
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No sign of it. The water is so dirty you can't see more than an inch underwater. I think a swimming pool style lifegaurd hook is the only way to look for it.
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is this a common situation??

"This one sucks. A rope was fully dispersed out of the bag immediately below the big hole. Due to a mis-communication on whether I or the swimmer who was out of site around the corner was going to let go of the bag and who was going to collect it, it is in there now. "


Is this common? It happend to me and meng and a couple of strangers on escalante after a pin in waterslide once years ago and we spent hours looking....
Ive always figured who ever threw it should retrive the line or should there be a diferent protocol?
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It's not a question of who should retrieve it in the this situation. The rescue was still in play (or so Livingston thought as he couldn't see around the corner) and the result was that he was told the rescuee (me) still had the rope in hand and was going to hold it, which I did not, nor did I know he was letting go.
A loose rope is really shitty. And we are going to do whatever we can to get it out of there. Just everyone beware that somewhere past the island rock just beyond rig is a 50 foot cord of rope. Darren really looked hard for it but it just vanished in the chocolatey water...

The potential good news here is that the water beyond is fairly mellow, shallow and I am fairly sure that it didn't go far beyond under the hwy 6 bridge. Most likely just wound around a bunch of FU rocks 8 inches under water.

I will go there with a fishing pole to try and snag it tomorrow.

Keep your eyes open please.

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just don't flip over, and it shouldn't be a problem.

i think the pole with a hook is a good idea. you guys should try that. let me know if you need help.
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