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It's that time of year again...

So, what did you get after in 2011? Any new runs? Did you kill it on old runs? Did you run something that you've walked in the past because you weren't "there" yet?

I had an interesting year...Nursing school kept me busy and quite honestly, miserable, for the spring season, which was reflected in my boating. I swam pretty much every time I got in my boat....including the Golden play park....TWICE...yup.

I had a little talk with myself about the value of getting "Bs" vs "As," and my "self" said to chill the hell out, get some Bs, and enjoy boating and life...to which I listened. "Self" is a real smarty pants.

My list of highlights in 2011 is short and sweet. I had a great time hitting the same runs over and over.

BAILEY!!! :p:p:p
I hit this as many times as I could and although got on once in 2010, 2011 way better - What a FUN RUN!

Upper Gnarrows on the Poudre :p:p:p
Real nice to finally run super collider - been waiting on that one -

Did I mention BAILEY already? Ha, it's just such so good!

Black Rock on Clear Creek :p:p:p
I've run it before, but felt much better about it in 2011 than 2010, and had a real good time play boating it at low water. The play boating ventures, down through Rigo, ranged from a smidgen over 200, down to a whopping 70 cfs.

I can't wait for the upcoming season (and yes, I am 100% positive we are going to get snow...). I will be done with nursing school and be able to give my kayaking the undivided attention it deserves!

Happy New Year! Twenty Twelve!

*SNOW DANCING!!!!!!!*
 

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The highlight of 2011 for me was just being able to get on the river. I had major knee surgery with a recovery that hasn't gone very well. So just getting back in my boat and hitting the river was a huge accomplishment. I owe a big thanks to the awesome folks I run with......they took such good care of me, and didn't allow me to wimp out and feel sorry for myself.
July 2011 I got to check the Rogue River off my life list. What a beautiful place and a great trip with a fun bunch of people.

Edna.....Congrats on Nursing school. I've been in the profession for 31 years & still love it.
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My 2011 highlight was the Rogue as well. We went in mid November and it was amazing! My first multi in my new boat with some of the best people in the world.
 

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My highlights for 2011 were moving to Colorado. As far as new runs, I lived on the Ark all summer rafting for potentially my last full time season, bounced down the Roaring Fork, and parts of the Rio Grande through Big Bend. 2012, is going to be an epic year for sure.
 

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Totally fun season!

We intoduced Riley (10) to Westwater this year. That was a big mental step for me after having a scary, 12,000 CFS, 6 month pregnant swim with him! He ran Little D in his kayak, and rode the rest of the canyon in the raft with me.

The Eagle at 4000 had some big hits and was super fast.

6 days on the Dolores...pretty relaxing.

I'd have to say my favorite runs were down Boulder Creek, some at high water. The first at 400 CFS in a 12' raft with an oar frame. Working up to a little over 900 CFS in the 16' Aire with an oar frame. Having it in my back yard got me out there 15 times or more, and the ability to bring non-boater friends and family was awesome. Definitely got my ass kicked (Beth, shhh). I decided the mid 600s were sticky hole hell and oars, after they're ripped out of your hands, can take on a personality of their own! But I had some fantastic bruises, good stories, and certainly upped my skills.

Maybe if we all put out our thanks for a great 2011 season, we'll see some snow soon.

Happy New Year!
 

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I got to do a lot of Class V boating, but I was stoked to do Gilman Gorge for my first time and then hit up North Fork of the Crystal (one of my favorites) in the same weekend. I also paddled 28 miles of Clear Creek (Lawson to Golden) in one day and didn't walk anything but the dam. Also my 3rd day on the Gauley this year I did the marathon 26 miles. Very fun year!!!
 

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Definitely got my ass kicked (Beth, shhh).
Oh man! How could I forget our run down Boulder Creek!?! A highlight for sure!!! Toni, all I know is we ended the run with everything we started it with...even if everything wasn't the same shape...

PUTTING OUT HUGE THANKS FOR 2011!!!

Edna.....Congrats on Nursing school. I've been in the profession for 31 years & still love it.
Cataraftgirl,
1) you're boofing a cat in your pic - i've always thought that was awesome.
2) I'll have to get in touch next time I head to Utah!
 

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My highlight was the sf salmon. It is a sweet and remote class v run and it was even better than people said. It was a weird year for me, not a lot of new stuff. But i continue to get flips on new rivers and survive. And keep coming back for more and working on becoming a solid class v boater. Still stepping it up.

Flips also included in my new ik on day 1!

My big goal for this year is golden canyon on the sf clearwater. What a stinker it was to catch last year. Other goals from last year moved on to this year are the cascade and tumwater in nw wa. I'm looking forward to starting the year in the gc on my little cat, i hope that starts out an awesome year.

Let it snow ladies!
 

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duckie madness....1/11/11 - 11/1/11

Thailand....Gulf of Thailand , Siem Reap, kwai................48 days
Uganda..White Nile...................................................20 '
Tennessee....Ocoee,Tellico........................................87 '
West Virgina...Gauley.................................................1 '
Colorado......Roaring Fork, Eagle, Colorado....................21 '
Utah.....Colorado.....................................................10 '
...., total..............................................................187
Countries traveled 2011..Japan, Thailand, Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Italy
dead people witnessd.................................8
Swims..........
 

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Dudes, this is a chica-fest forum. Not to dis on you but i think the point of betty buzz is for gals to have a place to share on our own.

I did have another first this year, a couple of ladies sup river evenings, one even included a class I rapid that felt HUGE! It was so fun to get out with gals on the water in a new way. But watch the chatting in shallow water, when you fall off because you're not paying attention and hit bottom in your knee it hurts!

I'm not sure if i'll do it much this year now that i have an IK.
 

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Most people just click home page on buzz and it keeps current list of all the currents.. And don't pay attention to much else but titles anyways girls only is kinda sexist not like the buzz is an all dude forum dude.
 

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Hey, no offense to anyone - I started this as a thread that anyone can respond to, and to possibly highlight the women on this forum, but it's certainly not exclusive. I like to give ol' Betty some Buzz from time to time! The same thread went around last year and it was fun reading everyone's responses, regardless of gender.

Let's get back to 2011 and what you got on - also - probably should have tacked on goals for 2012...maybe that can be a spring thread.....
 

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I noticed that too, and thought it strange to put this on a highlight (of sorts) list....

Well, still looking forward to seeing other's posts.

One personal highlight of Bailey that I meant to mention, is that I spent a lot of time walking deer creek. I swam it in 2010, and although I (thankfully) had a super easy swim, I had a mental "rapid block" about it. I finally got over it and then had a ball lapping it over and over...I'm glad I waited for the internal "click" to happen that tells you it's time... I was psyched to get that rapid in this year. I was also pretty stoked about Super Max. The first time, I was off line a little, and missed the boof, but it was still pretty clean...stayed upright and all.
The next time I ran it and was entirely off line (because of a ridiculously shittayyy peel out from the eddy) and ran the middle shoot...I think it unnerved my paddling pals, but it went surprisingly smooth...butta-like, you could say.
I can't wait to clean it up though!!!

LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I walked my first rapid this year also, with my IK. It's pretty handy being able to carry your boat around a rapid, especially when it's like your 4th day in an IK, and it's a solid Class IV rapid, pushing + at the bumped up flow from the dam I didn't know about! Cat boats are so committing, if you're not ready to run an entire run you don't go. It sure was nice to be able to just save it for another day. I considered it almost as big of a hurdle as tackling a big rapid, being able to just walk on by!
 

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38 consecutive months with at least one day on the water, includes 1/1/12.

For 2011....124 days,221 runs, 31 new runs, 25,000 vert feet for the vertical challenge. ya, I like to keep a vivid boating log.
New Runs...
Arizona..West Fork Clear Creek, Verde River
CO...Byers, Upper Poudre Narrows, Upper Animas, South Fork Rio Grande, Idaho springs town run, Middle Clear Creek, Gore Creek, Homestake, Durango playpark, Valecito, Gilman, NF crystal, SF crystal, Crystal Mill Falls, Joe Wright, Spencer heights, Frasier, Black Canyon, Big T gnar (minus garbage and double),
MD...Upper Yough
WV...Upper and Middle Gauley
Costa Rica...Upper and Lower Naranjo, Last 3 rapids of the upper Chirripo, Lower Chirripo, Rio Buenavista, Upper Sarapique, Poza Azul plus the 2 miles of rapids above the waterfall.

Plus I got the biggest waterfalls of my boating career so far...25ft (SF crystal), 30ft(Pozo Azul, costa rica)


I'll back Beth up on watching that mental block on Bailey and then seeing her get past it. It was a great season on Bailey, not to mention having it running over 700cfs, and Ian putting together an amazing BAILEYFEST!!!!!
 

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i had a good year.... even if i did go through 3 helmets (earning me the nickname "upsidedown and backwards")

Bailey was amazing, every chance i got.... my new favorite run.
Whiteline on the poudre (both upsidedown and backwards and cleanly....i preferred the cleanly) next season the rest of upper to finnish off all of the poudre from rustic down
Dumont on clear creek
upper clear creek.....(being the last run i needed to complete all of clear creek)
upper and lower rustic
South fork of the poudre
north gate canyon of the north platte
boulder creek blue bridge down(broken helmet.. no swim, and well also a swim on another run )
north st vrain creek
big t below the gnar

and can't forget confluence park...mmm, mmm, mmmm (officially that was new years day though.

also cleanup many old stand by runs.

great season.
 

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this was my first official year of boating so everything that i ran was new :) with this being said i got on over 15 rivers in 4 states, paddled every month of the year (plus new years ) and had over 100 days in my boat and my top three runs for my first year were The Numbers on the arkansas, Barrel Springs on the Colorado and the Lochsa.
 

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Did I just enter a thread where a guy is complaining that there are too many girl boaters posting? Feel free to boat with me ladies ;)
 
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