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Old 03-05-2017   #1
 
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Westwater @ 3600

I finally got around to editing video from a Westwater trip last November. My first time on Westwater, and also a first foray into class 4 ish...

https://youtu.be/BjJ1A-1JKh0

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Old 03-05-2017   #2
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Good job man!!

A couple things that might help, only for continued growth as an oarsman: be careful of your bowman leaning away from river features, as if they are big enough, it could make you flip, looks like he was just leaning away from a couple of small things to stay dry though, I do that myself sometimes if I am a passenger.

When I lose an Oar, I usually just keep the boat straight with the other one, through any critical feature right ahead of me if I have to, then ship it under my knee so I can use both hands to recover said popped oar.

Maybe stay a little tighter to the right wall coming into Skull, you can be floating in sideways till you make your move, as soon as you start to see the rapid, then bust right, that has seemed to set me up where I want to be the easiest at all water levels, at least for me.

Great job though! Both with running Westwater, and putting together a video!!
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Nice video! Nice run down Westwater. Gets me excited for this years rafting. Looked like your oar locks were a little loose, oar came out pretty easily.
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Old 03-05-2017   #4
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Good job man!!


Maybe stay a little tighter to the right wall coming into Skull, you can be floating in sideways till you make your move, as soon as you start to see the rapid, then bust right, that has seemed to set me up where I want to be the easiest at all water levels, at least for me.

Great job though! Both with running Westwater, and putting together a video!!
I meant to say, "as soon as you see the rapid, bust LEFT"!!
Busting right at anything but extreme low water would REALLY suck!

That oarlock did look kinda loose.
Nice Vid!
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Great video!
I like your line in Sock. That little move at the top to go just right of the meat of the wave.
Well done sir!
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Thanks for the advice everyone I'll look at tightening up my oarlocks, and good advice on self rescuing an oar.
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nice video. what size raft and what brand of frame are you running?
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nice video. what size raft and what brand of frame are you running?
Itís a 15' Hyside. The frame is from AAA in Denver.
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You should think about tightening your oar locks. You should only be able to slip the oar into the lock at the narrow part next to the blade.

The oar shouldn't be able to pop out that easy. It should only come out mid shaft if it is put under strain - like a ski binding.

Just mash them with a vise or pound 'em with a rock.

See: OARLOCK TUNING GUIDE
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You should think about tightening your oar locks. You should only be able to slip the oar into the lock at the narrow part next to the blade.
Thanks for this advice. I didn't realize the oar locks should be able to hold the oar shaft below the sleeve...
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