Throw Bag Lesson Learned
I learned a lesson about throw bags last weekend, fortunately at no cost. We were running Dragon's Tooth on the lower Klamath River. (If you're not familiar with it, it's a class 4 with an entry move just left of a wrap rock and then a very quick right or left move to avoid a smaller wrap rock called The Dragon's Tooth). The flow was just low enough that the only line possible is the "line of truth" (far right sneak route not open), but high enough to be a little pushy toward a entrance wrap rock and "The Tooth". First raft through had a nice line and set up safety in the eddy below. I was on opposite shore with a throw bag. My throw bag is 50 feet of rope in a pouch on a waistbelt, which I like on scouts since it's convenient to carry. Second raft through had nice entry but then rode up on the pillow of the Tooth and did the sideways roll to a flip, changing the rower to a swimmer. As the safety raft pulled out to fetch him, I threw my bag with a perfect aim....but the rope was 5 feet too short. It all worked out fine, as the safety raft picked up our swimmer quickly and he wasn't hurt. The 75 foot throwbag was safe and sound clipped into the rower's compartment in my raft back in the scout eddy. Now, I realize there could be scenarios where I have a 75 foot rope and need 80 feet, but from now on I'll be taking the 75 footer with me on scouts and when setting safety from shore. Sharing this with all you buzzards in case you find this lesson of use.