Originally Posted by brenda
I am not sure if these feelings are because I am afraid to swim (and bash my knee - not much of a patella left) or just make a total ass of myself.
Sadly, I feel you. After my swim down lower clear creek (mainly due to making a total ass of myself), I banged up my lower half pretty bad; knees, shins, thighs, tailbone, you name it. No where near the level of knee-hurt you had, but still. Couldn't quite walk right for a few days.
I hit up Black Rock and Bailey after a couple of weeks break, but it was stressful as hell for me and I still made an ass of myself more or less, on both trips. No one was hurt, no equipment lost; I didn't swim, but still. Didn't come away thinking 'that was awesome/fun/let's do it again' like I normally would, but more or less 'glad that's over/we made it/no one was hurt/why did I have my worst lines ever?'.
I'm dialing it back a bit now and plan to have at least knee and shin pads before I paddle through blast-rock-hell again. I'm not one to swim normally anyway, but still. Also need to be SWR certified before I'm at least partially-responsible for anybody on Class IV+ again.