Before leaving for a trip, all gear is
Posted by: shirlann on Dec-07-12 11:35 AM (EST)
checked. The size of rope taken on a trip will depend on the river we'll be paddling.
For smaller diameter rope, I tend to pack it with a chain loop and it comes apart very easily when thrown. On a heavier rope, it goes in as most, a bit at a time. Your ropes can also be used to tie up along the shoreline.
I throw overhand and for the second throw, I wrap a bit of rope around the bag and toss. Time is essential.
Practice throwing the bags almost as much as you do reentries and you'll be more ready, should it be needed. You may never need your rescue skills, but better to have and not use than to need and not know how. I've had occasion to use the bags twice plus my Gerber River knife once. ALL equipment is dried fully before storing for the next outing.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Paddle on and enjoy your outings.