Up the creek without a paddle... (Bear creek that is)
First time on bear creek yesterday. Loads of fun, lots of boaters there. I flipped right after the first boof in the house rapid. Proceeded to do a full and thorough field test of my full face helmet on the shallow creek bed. Damn I've never taken so many hits so fast, I felt like a punching bag. All teeth accounted for and a successful helmet test. I was trying to set up to roll thinking that this really sucks and I might swim. The paddle got ripped out of my hands by rocks, but I somehow managed to do a hand roll off the bottom of the shallow creekbed. I found myself upright, no paddle, but pointed downstream coming into the next drop. I started handpaddling and made it over the next rocky drop upright thinking what the hell am I going to do now! Totally up the creek with no paddle! As I was hand paddling, and still in the rapid, my hand hit my paddle, and I grabbed it with one hand, got it back, paddled the rest of the rapid and eddied out with the rest of the crew I was boating with! Holy shit! Talk about a total luck move. That was a long shot. I could barely believe that i didn't end up swimming after that. After breaking a small piece of wood with my chest, getting stuck in the hole right above the last drop of no fun falls and riding it out for 15-30 seconds, and barely making it over the last drop upright, I finally found my swim. I pinned on some semi-mobile logs that another boater was pinned on. I think we had 3 boats on it at the peak of the traffic jam. More of an annoyance than a super dangerous pin, but I had to get out of the boat and was able to immediatley hold on to my boat and some bushes. As far as swims go, it wasn't that bad and didn't even require any swim strokes. But it still counts! First swim this season, and I was hoping to make it through the season. Oh well. Great fun though! The only thing I lost was some knuckle skin and the contents of my adrenaline gland, so all in all it was a great day. Thanks to the boaters who took me down for the first time. They were top notch, showed me the lines, and saved my paddle after the pin.
Gotta love the monsoon!