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  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.

I agree, this idiot is lucky to still be alive -- the only thing that probably saved him was the shallowness of the creek and the fragility of most of the strainers. A similarly outfitted newb died here in western PA a couple years ago trying the same sort of rash "this will be cool" attempt on the flood swollen Youghiogheny.

Though some people find such escapades amusing, the concern I have is that the ones where the fool does not get lucky result in putting rescue personnel in jeopardy and, when they occur often enough, can lead to restrictions and exclusions being imposed upon responsible paddlers.

When I see people attempting stupid crap like this I will always stop and tell them not to do it. The rock climbing community went through a lot of access hassles and fights against regulation and restrictions back in the 70's and 80's when popularity of that sport drew reckless, badly equipped and untrained wannabe climbers to the cliffsides. Authorities will tend to paint everyone with the same brush, or rationalize that they need to regulate everyone to protect the foolish.

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