don't listen to these guys J-star. when you use a pronoun as a verb it only makes the story better. I am a big fan of the term: "I got manked" that is seriously one for the campfire. I think you did great in that story.
But for the reals, for a second, I do think it is valuable to have a good terminology base with your paddling partners. There are no absolutes for this, it just develops over time. I have friends who can tell me about a rapid for an hour and I still have no idea what to expect and other friends who can look me in the eye and give me the best beta in 3 words.
That being said, you are right, there are some terms that are somewhat universal. Like you mentioned: Eddy Out means, in fact, pull OUT
of the current into an EDDY
. This stuff is important. Fortunately, the real serious stuff is pretty cut and dried. You won't hear anyone in the river yelling: "he's not A SWIMMER
!" or "there is no ROPE
needed!" it is always good to go over basic terminology with new people in your crew before you put in but the basics are pretty self explanatory.
Sorry to hear you had a bad run, glad to hear you are still hooked. Everyone here will tell you the payoff is much larger than the risk. Even if you are "droppin a gnarly 30 footer into a manky pool with a sieve filled runout and tons of chundery [email protected]
me rocks all over."
good on ya!