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Old 01-11-2013   #1
 
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What should I do to train for a class 5 river this coming fall?

Really want to go down the Tallulah Gorge in the northeast corner of Georgia. I have a good 2 years under my belt, practically lived on a class 2 river last summer. I've managed many class 3 rapids with no difficulty, but I'm looking at buying an actual whitewater boat.

Besides getting used to the new boat, what should I do to better prepare myself for a much more exciting river without jumping off the deep end and crossing my fingers?

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Old 01-12-2013   #6
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The Tallulah is extremely committing, and the F-up factor is huge. I helped extract a woman from there with four broken bones in her legs Go paddle the Chattooga and Ocoee about 50 times each, then maybe Tallulah! It's not worth ruining others paddlers days by being "that guy".
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What are you currently using?
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If you have to ask you are in deep trouble . First paddle with boaters above your sikills and they can tell you what river in your area to run . They can bring you up threw the levels until you are ready .
Good boaters are always looking for fresh meat - good luck
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Go on a commerical raft trip down that river . Even then it is a real pucker river.
then you will have the answer you are looking for.
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I was going to say the same thing. It's only the new boaters who ask the question. I was way over confident....right up until I had my ass handed to me a couple times. But that's a good thing because you learn respect for the river. Work on hard moves on easier rivers. While that may sound stupid, it'll click when you need it to. Don't let your ego get you hurt....and I mean no offense just giving you a fair perspective.
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