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Old 02-23-2018   #1
 
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Rafting/ Whitewater Goals

I'm probably going to sound like a complete tool talking about goal setting when it comes to boating, but I am bored and stir crazy waiting for Spring to arrive. I have only had my own boat for 4 years, so as a relative newbie perhaps it is more important. For the last few seasons I have found it helpful - it has kept me on task to progress from class 2 to class 4 rivers. I'm curious if any of you do set goals at the start of the season - rivers you want to run (though many still licking wounds post 4 River and GC lottery), skills you want to obtain, gear you want to buy or make, etc? My goals this season:

1. Actually practice my Swiftwater skills. It seems like clockwork - I take a course, get stoked, promise myself I'm going to practice setting up Z drags, throw bag skills, etc. Then I don't. I am making a commitment that each multi day trip I will at least once pull out all my crap and force the whole crew to join me in reviewing the basics. Same goes for throw bag practice - I'm going to start tossing my kids in on mellow runs near camp and have them (and me) practice.

2. Let my wife and kids row: I admit I have been kind of a dick about this. They all want to row. I let them for 10 minutes and as soon as they make a mistake or the water gets iffy, I take over. I need to mellow out and let them fail (and learn).

3. Chill out/ take more time to absorb the present: I have been so intent on making sure my kids fall in love with boating that I have become somewhat of a perfectionist, getting caught up in wanting the perfect campsite, meal, etc so they have the best time. Well, they officially have fallen in love with boating. It is time for me to mellow out and not stress the little shit.

4. Survive a low water MFS in late September (have permit) without crying once

Alright, thanks for letting me ramble

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Old 02-24-2018   #2
 
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The only goal I have is to enjoy time on the river on a boat with friends and family.
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Old 02-24-2018   #3
 
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Every year for my birthday at te end of June I try to run a new river or new section of river.
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Old 02-24-2018   #4
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Raft at least once a month. Run new water every year.
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Old 02-24-2018   #5
 
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My goals are to have fun, keep the black side down, meet new folks who have good attitudes and continue boating with the ones I know who do.

There, I've established my goals, now it's time to get out and do it.
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Old 02-24-2018   #6
 
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I definitely have goals to increase the difficulty of the runs I do. But that's more of a long term thing that I don't think aboit much when I'm picking the trips I do. Mostly I want to have a very relaxing amd fun trip and enjoy some quality time outdoors.

I always have a goal to improve my raft frame setup. I started early this year so it won't get to be last min and I'm half adding it to get my boat ready in time.

I do have a rafting related goal to start doing float hunts. I have a nice trip in mind for this fall to float a stretch where I can deer hunt some public land that is only accessible from the river. Anyone else ever do this? I figure worst case scenario I have a fun boat adventure...
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Old 02-24-2018   #7
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I like to bring my kids to collect fire wood with an old throw bag. It's our practice, you can't take wood you don't rescue(don't really rescue). I'm doing this while camping on blm land but it's great throw practice. Now when it comes to my wife rowing I encourage it. I will tell her how great she is doing while she wraps the rock on top of number five(kidding,). Your wife and kids will love it more if they feel enabled on the river. Don't forget to have fun and no one should ever leave without a smile.
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Old 02-25-2018   #8
 
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I definitely set different goals for kayaking than for rafting. Kayaking I generally have a couple of new harder runs that I work towards through the season. I try to set a skill goal and try to learn it or master throughout the season. Last season it was the back-deck roll. I learned it, but this year I would like to move toward mastery.
For rafting I always have different goals. They usually involve going to new and beautiful places and becoming more efficient in camp. The group dynamic is different so the goal is usually about getting out then about pushing boundaries. Every winter I tweak my setup and add a new element. This winter I built a new trailer, added a beaver tail, and am going to rebuild my floor and sideboards to change my weight distribution.
Everyone seems to be concerned with making sure it is fun, but I think a healthy dose of suffering builds character....
And just like backcountry skiing: I always have a goal to never use my safety gear for real. Just for practice.
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I definitely set different goals for kayaking than for rafting. Kayaking I generally have a couple of new harder runs that I work towards through the season. I try to set a skill goal and try to learn it or master throughout the season. Last season it was the back-deck roll. I learned it, but this year I would like to move toward mastery.
For rafting I always have different goals. They usually involve going to new and beautiful places and becoming more efficient in camp. The group dynamic is different so the goal is usually about getting out then about pushing boundaries. Every winter I tweak my setup and add a new element. This winter I built a new trailer, added a beaver tail, and am going to rebuild my floor and sideboards to change my weight distribution.
Everyone seems to be concerned with making sure it is fun, but I think a healthy dose of suffering builds character....
And just like backcountry skiing: I always have a goal to never use my safety gear for real. Just for practice.
What's a back deck roll?
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Old 02-26-2018   #10
 
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What's a back deck roll?
Good roll to have in the quiver:

Paddle Education – Back Deck Roll
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