Seriously man. I’m done carrying any gear in my pfdI've been thinking of getting a higher floatation pfd a lot lately. That 30 seconds under water is why. I saw the mti atlas is a 28lbs rated vest. Not sure if it will interfere with rowing. Its out of stock currently, but I've had the idea rolling around for a while now. Probably going to run my old 16# again this year. Anyone use a high floatation pfd?
First i dont run a rescue vest, I have knife, 2 purisks, 2 pulleys, cpr mask, and a tubular webbing flip line with a carabiner around my waist. Ive never needed both pullleys from my vest, Never needed both purisks, and never needed the cpr mask but im not removing that one. That might give me 1 pound of floatation but its far from the 12# gain the mti would give. Definately makes you think about these trade offs.Seriously man. I’m done carrying any gear in my
Woa, nice dory though man. Did you snap a square top?Skull below 2500cfs is no joke. I've seen a lot of carnage at those levels. I've run it twice this year and seen carnage both times. First trip we had a guy get dump trucked, then the guy following flipped his Cat, and another guy got stuck on Razor Rock...managed to get loose, only to go sideways through the right slot. Second trip we had an IKer flip and swim in the hole above Skull Rock and ended up swimming through the right slot and went DEEP too. We got it all back together and decided to park the rafts in the room of doom and hike up the cliff above the rapids to watch others come through and got quite the show when the next group came through.
First raft made it left of razor but the second raft got rejected and ended up hitting the top hole sideways and flipped. The raft after him had the same thing happen but luckily didn't flip or have swimmers. The flipped raft and its passengers washed into the room of doom but the other two rafts didn't make it in there and didn't seem willing to come over...so my group helped get the flipped raft rubber side down again and got them settled while the people from their group drank beer and watched.
The only time I've ever flipped a raft was in Skull at these kinda flows too. Pretty pushy and a couple of holes that will eat your lunch. Double hit plus skull rock pushing water back upstream into the holes.
Oh...and this happened... big oops
Yep...sure did. That hurt almost as much as the Dory smash. Still have both halves... just a sad reminder for the moment but I'm gonna try to do something with them.Woa, nice dory though man. Did you snap a square top?
No carabiners?(except the one from your flip line) I have two carabiners, 1 prusik, 1 pulley on me and the rest in my wrap kit in the boat. Thought being I can at least get a progress capture going while I wait for reinforcements if z-drag is needed. Also, they make small breathing barriers that you can use for rescue breaths instead of a full mask. Full mask is in first-aid kit.First i dont run a rescue vest, I have knife, 2 purisks, 2 pulleys, cpr mask, and a tubular webbing flip line with a carabiner around my waist. Ive never needed both pullleys from my vest, Never needed both purisks, and never needed the cpr mask but im not removing that one. That might give me 1 pound of floatation but its far from the 12# gain the mti would give. Definately makes you think about these trade offs.
Holy cow man, yeah that’s a bad day for sure. Repair looks good thoughYep...sure did. That hurt almost as much as the Dory smash. Still have both halfs... just a sade reminder for the moment but I'm gonna try to do something with them.
Fixed the Dory...but it wasn't easy...
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...and a lot of patience and fretting.
My friends were the ones filming from shore. We ran it a couple weeks ago in packrafts as well and one of my friends did the exact same thing as you in his alpacka. That same wave dumped him and he swam along the wall underwater, dragging his helmet the whole way. One of the scarier swims I’ve personally witnessed. Stay safe out there.The mistakes are glaring, I am aware please be gentle.
Thanks for sharing this. This canyon is unforgiving and does not discriminate. I often see 'new' boatmen down there with a lack of knowledge and awareness of the consequences in that canyon. That is a tough rapid at that flow and you shouldn't be too hard on yourself. Glad your buddy is ok - that was a long time underwater.