to a WW kayaking club in the midwest, & have seen this type of thread before on our discussion forum. Seems to be 2 patterns of thought, especially on paddling alone in cold water temps. I have heard some say "never paddle alone" & some that say paddling alone is fine cause your not risking anyone but yourself. Personally, I have paddled alone but not in cold water temps. I think about what will happen if I have to swim, or end up with a foot pinned if I am alone in cold water. Where I paddle, I usually don't see another soul, so waiting for a rescue is not an option. It's either self rescue, or situational badness. I agree you can't "plan for the worst" because you don't know what the "worst" could be. Deliverance comes to mind. How about a bear attack?
That being said, I just plan on swimming for any run & having to hike it out, & bring whatever gear I think I might need.
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