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Old 06-02-2013   #1
 
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The Wrong Way through Funnel Falls

Ok, yeah, I screwed up. No other way to say it. First day I hit it near perfect, great ride. 2nd day, too far left, nose pointed wrong, complete screw up. I knew as we dropped in we were in trouble, tried to pull the nose around but failed miserably.

Everyone came through fine. Boys thought it was quite the adventure. I felt better after we had everyone accounted for and the raft righted. We had some other boaters watching in Skull help out with the raft recovery/righting... thanks to them.

So here you go, the right, followed by the wrong way through Funnel Falls.



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Thanks for sharing. Looks like one hell of a heavy boat to flip.
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you swam to/through Skull then? What was the flow?
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Gotta love the sound of being underwater!
Great video
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I was flipped in there for my first flip (passenger). It was in the low teens. That's where I got hooked on rafting. Now I can flip my own boats. Good times.
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Nice video, do have the rest of your swim and righting the boat? Funny how the kid in the front looked back at you when he realized you were hitting the hole.
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Seems like if you would have laid into the right oar you might have stayed up right. Your right oar was in the air, thus didn't give any push on the right. Live and learn, we all mess up big sometimes. Thanks for sharing! and glad everyone was ok.

How far did you guys swim before you were able to stop and right the boat?
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Alex, that would have been a good plan.

Flow was 10,200. For the record, 2 years ago at this near same level Funnel nearly bit me.

As the guys were starting to get up on the boat I actually got separated from it. I was picked up by one of our other boats, they floated down and some people at Skull got a rope to them (they were all on top of the boat) and pulled them to the bank above Skull. Then the boat ended up stuck in the left side of Skull for a while, ejected by some guys after we (in the boat I was in floated through) went through. Then we got the boat corralled and flipped back right side up below Skull.

The helper team (never did get their names but sure appreciate them) floated the passengers down to us in their rafts and we regrouped (all the gear stayed with the upside down raft) and we floated Sock It To Me and Last Chance and went on out.

My pride was the worst thing damaged

I've got a bunch more video I'll edit down and get posted.

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