Two things I think I learned yesterday
So I ran Gore, which is a big step up for me. I walked Gore and Tunnel.
The first thing I think I learned is about boofing. Boofing is a new skill I'm practicing this year, and on Gore, all my boofs were passable, a couple were good, and I nailed Pyrite. I am pretty surprised how good they all were, because practicing on rocks on Numbers or Browns or wherever, I flubbed about half of them. Yet no flubs on Gore...
Tell me if I'm correct here: It's easier to boof on a real ledge drop, and also easier to boof when the water is pushier. I think one of the reasons my boof worked better was there wasn't a rock to go up and over like when I practice. Add to that pushy water, and it seemed much easier to get a good stroke, land flat, and get some distance. I'm not sure where my boof stroke stands overall, though.
The second thing I think I learned is that, from a strict energy conservation point of view, you're better off running Tunnel and swimming out of the hole than you are walking your boat around it. Oh my god, that was tedious, difficult, and a bit dangerous. I can't imagine that totally screwing up in Tunnel would cost me more energy or risk worse injury than that damn portage.
Word to the wise: There's a rattlesnake somewhere on river left at the top of Kirschbaum's right off the beach.
Thanks to the guys who took one for the team, probing yesterday. I'd never have been as decent without your direction.
Thanks to the group who found our paddle and left it at tunnel.
Praise be to Allah for the hot chicks in the raft at Gore (I really didn't want to get out of your way).
And some of you who ran the meat on Gore itself yesterday were the sexiest paddlers I've ever seen. Watching you boof the left and landing was really inspirational. All of you who ran it, or the sneak, were braver than I, but that gives me something to work up to.
That's the most fun I've ever had on a river.
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label