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Old 05-21-2008   #1
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Ruby Horsethief at 25k

Does anyone have some beta on what the Black Rocks section of Ruby will be like now at 25k or most likely higher over the weekend. This will be my first time rowing an 18 footer and was wondering if it should give me trouble?

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Old 05-22-2008   #2
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Flipping an 18'er takes skillz. You should be fine. I am basing this on these things:

You have posted video of you running real whitewater in a kayak and not swimming, this means you can read water and have some coordination.

That means you should be able to identify any real obstacles and row well enough to miss those obstacles.

Ruby is class III- at highwater. Set up early, 18' boats are slow, especially loaded down with beer and people.

And while, yes, it is possible to flip a 18' raft in class 2, it takes skillz or more likely a complete and total inattention to the river and probably some level of drunkenness. Float into a hole with 20,000 cfs, you might flip. Run into a rock sideways, you might wrap. Odds are you will just have a good time.
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Old 05-22-2008   #3
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thanks for the vote of confidence - i'm not too worried anymore. we will also have a few guys with safety training nearby in kayaks. i'll post some pics or video after the trip
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