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Old 07-02-2012   #1
 
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Shout-out to Gannon, Skillkilla and JustinNM

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to paddle Baileys with the aforementioned fine folk.

All was fine under the sun until past supermax, where I took my first swim at the steep drop that has a sharp eddy on river left (don't think it has a name). I found myself unable to roll on my onside, as I kept trying to punch out against the current (read: this dude needs to practice his offside roll). This put me in a funk, and I proceeded to swim again whereupon my boat got pinned like so:

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I unfortunately found myself on the opposite shore, unable to help. However, the gentlemen proceeded to push, pull, bang and crank on the boat to no avail. Some other paddlers even stopped by to help and set up a pulley system to jank the thing out:

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Alas, the boat would not move. Eventually, the folks that had stopped to help moved out, and I started to contemplate the hike out (this was my second run down Baileys, so I vaguely remembered how much of a beast that would have been). However one last attempt was made to move the tree the boat was on, instead of the boat itself:

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Hurrah!

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At this point, the boat had developed a crack on the bottom, both pillars are out of place, and the bottom rail that holds seat and pillars in place was out of line. I proceeded to swamp my way out of Baileys (took another swim at mystery eddy, but I'm blaming the half sunk boat for that one).

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I'm taking this opportunity to publicly thank the guys that helped me out, and spared me a nasty hike Sunday.

On a related note, anyone looking for a half destroyed Jefe?

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Old 07-02-2012   #2
 
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Yeah I'll take it for free
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Old 07-02-2012   #3
 
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I'll take that Jefe, sounds like it is better shape than mine. Does it have BadAss Outfitting?
PS. LL will sell you a new shell for $375 plus shipping.
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Old 07-02-2012   #4
 
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It's the older version, before BadAss
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Old 07-05-2012   #5
 
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Actually your first swim was before supermax...remember the boat pinned in the middle of the river and we tossed you a rope to swing it over!

We all have off days!

I hafta confess, I heard someone yell from behind so I turned to look knowing I was in some easy flowing water. When I turned back around I found myself pinned on a small rock and the water caught my upstream edge. When it flipped me I was pinned upside down on the backdeck getting dragged across rocks. When I fought to set-up my paddle pinned on a rock. This brought a flashback of last year breaking my new powerhouse on it's 3rd river day considering this was my new powerhouse and its 2nd day. I fought to set up in the mighty 2 ft deep class III flowing water but was throughly pinned on my BD moving too fast to get ahold of a rock or anything. I swam for the first time this year
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Old 07-05-2012   #6
 
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even with all that in mind, still, a sweet fuckin trip.
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