Flooded Creek: What not to do!
Posted by: dlf1910 on Apr-25-13 2:37 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
This guy demonstrates "what not to do" when your local creek gets hit with a record flood. Things get real at the 6:40 mark.
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The "what not to do" part...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Apr-25-13 3:04 PM (EST)
...begins at 00:01. :O
at least the guy was honest|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-25-13 3:12 PM (EST)
He sounds pretty humbled in his writeup.
What not to do..............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-25-13 4:15 PM (EST)
Posted by: dafishman on Apr-25-13 4:21 PM (EST)
He is really lucky that he went over those last couple of trees and not into or under them. Water moving that quickly would have definitely pinned him. He should have realized after about 20 seconds that he would not be able to control the kayak going through the limbs and branches and he then should have quit.
Is this advice, or just the obvious |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-13 6:57 PM (EST)
canned on youtube?
more balls than brains|
Posted by: jhb8426 on Apr-25-13 7:09 PM (EST)
He seemed to have a number of opportunities to head to a shore that he passed up before he dumped.
shouldn't be called a kayak video|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Apr-25-13 7:35 PM (EST)
the video may as well been an inner tube for the control (or lack thereof)shown. It is videos like this that make the general public believe we are whack jobs.
I posted on his utube page, maybe we |
Posted by: suntan on Apr-25-13 8:09 PM (EST)
can save his life next time. Here's what I wrote, maybe others can add to it.
This video does more good than harm|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-25-13 8:28 PM (EST)
At one point he commented that he hoped to be able to rate his skills a few points higher after everything was over. Well, he did everything wrong in every new situation so it was clear he was in trouble from the get-go, and surely he doesn't yet have any idea what techniques would have been better, so the only thing he probably learned was to be careful not to bite off more than you can chew regarding fast water. Hey, that's a good thing.
Posted by: dc9mm on Apr-25-13 11:30 PM (EST)
He was wearing shorts. The video said it was Chicago on 4/18/13 so I would expect water temps in the mid 40F range.So beside all of the other things he did wrong he had no protective clothing for the water temps. Wow is this guy on suicide watch now? If not he should be.
Posted by: emanoh on Apr-26-13 12:17 AM (EST)
He didn't mention anything in his report, but is his boat gone? Hard to tell if it was swept away or just pinned?
No need for the nasty comment|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Apr-26-13 11:14 AM (EST)
The guy clearly learned his lesson about cold water. When he was in the woods where the water was shallow and he stepped out, my thought was "That water must be freezing." Well, right after I had that thought he got back in the boat and said "My legs are ice." No doubt he hadn't been expecting that, but he will next time. So considering that along with his other statements to the effect that he realizes that paddling there was a dumb idea and that he easily could have died, I see no need respond with stupid "suicide" comments. If you must say such things, say them about the people who post clips like these with bravado, not those who clearly have the attitude "take a look at my stupid mistake".
I still don't see the point of posting |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-26-13 12:42 AM (EST)
here. It's almost impossible to learn anything from a total fiasco. Virtually everything is done wrong. Did anyone comment on the risk of using a paddle tie to your wrist when there is a high risk of pinning?
One can tell he is a newbie within|
Posted by: shirlann on Apr-26-13 8:04 AM (EST)
the first few seconds.
No boat control|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-26-13 9:29 AM (EST)
... just forward strokes charging into whatever lies ahead. And that's ultimately what took him over.
Some of the same thoughts|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-26-13 8:23 AM (EST)
I agree about the person who says they posted there that this paddler should learn to read river gauges. One look at the creek would provide all the info you need, whereas the gauge does little good until you familiarize yourself with its history.
I think it was worthwhile|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-26-13 10:45 AM (EST)
I'm puzzled why this post has been criticized. OK, maybe it should have been in another section but I think this type of thing is instructive for newbies and even a good reminder for those of us who should know better but can be tempted by the surge of Spring waters.
Glad it was posted, too|
Posted by: somalley on Apr-26-13 2:50 PM (EST)
I've added it to my library of "don't do this" YouTube clips to show to beginner students. It ranks right up there with the GoBro footage of the clueless woman who swam at the top of Jawbone and just floated passively right into (and through) the sieve at Hydroelectric Rock.
He removed it.|
Posted by: sissy103 on Apr-26-13 3:02 PM (EST)
Who can blame him?
Watch and LEARN|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-26-13 4:20 PM (EST)
Gosh, I never thought of those things. |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-27-13 12:11 AM (EST)
Look in the mirror!|
Posted by: PHILIPJEDLICKA on Apr-27-13 9:37 AM (EST)
Although it's great to be smug and laugh at the guy, I'm sure more or less every paddler has done things that in retrospect could have gotten them killed.
Actually, It's God that Looks After...|
Posted by: VK1NF on Apr-27-13 8:20 PM (EST)
...drunks and little children...fools are on their own.
LOL ...good one Bob|
Posted by: suntan on Apr-27-13 11:42 AM (EST)