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    jibmaster
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    I paddled the 17 miles of the Wilderness Run with a complete newbie yesterday. Janzalo was willing to get in a borrowed kayak and try it for the first time.
    He actually did better than I would have thought.
    I never even got a chance to show him how to wet exit, because the first 30 seconds put him right in the drink! So, with that out of the way, we paddled on. He improved quickly and was able to keep his balance in the borrowed Dagger.
    We put in at 1:30. Several hours later, he had enough control of the boat to stay out of the water on some of the biggest waves. However, I did lose count of how many times he swam. Most of the time, he would go down just after a whitewater section, where he misjudged the whirlpools, etc.
    By 4:30 or 5, he was beat up pretty bad and was losing his mind due to fatigue. It was at this point that he started to swim more often and wasn’t even trying to keep track of the boat or the paddle. I spent the next several hours chasing his gear all over the river.
    😆
    I knew this would be a long trip. So did he. We took several breaks, but never rested for more than 5 minutes. Just long enough to drain his boat and continue on.

    Then we got to Mad Mike. The last of the big(for us – class III) rapids. He charged right into it and made it. Only to lose it just after it ended by getting spun around in the whirlpools. I watched him cling to the bank in a pathetic attempt to stay dry! 😆

    As for myself, I never swam. I thought I might seeing as I haven’t paddled for over a year and the fact that I still can’t perform the roll when I need to.
    I felt really good all day.

    We took out at the beginning of the highway run at 8pm. Six and a half hours after we put in! The run usually takes 4.5 hours. It was a long day, but janzalo, though badly beaten and bruised, was still amped to do it again. Way to go janzalo!

    There’s no better way to spend a 120 degree day than on the river!
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    #606766
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Donde esta las pictores?

    #606767
    jibmaster
    446 Posts

    Yeah, I know. I’m going to do it again next wednesday. I’ll be sure to buy a waterproof disposable camera.

    #606768
    jibmaster
    446 Posts

    Well, here are some shitty pics of a bunch of yahoo’s in boats.
    The blue duffy has a warning on it that it should not be used for moving water.
    Of course, we had the bright idea of taking it down Chili Bar (class III) a few years ago.

    Doctorjib is in the blue duffy, jibC is in the Dagger and I’m paddling the red Wavesport.
    JibC and myself don’t know how to roll, so we take it easy on class II, with a couple III’s thrown in.

    #606769
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Oh now that looks like a farkin blast :clap:

    #606770
    jibmaster
    446 Posts

    Found my camera from a trip down the highway run of Cache Creek. This is with another kayaking buddy of mine.

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