Stuck on top of a pourover/hole?

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Stuck on top of a pourover/hole?

Post by tkenny » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:07 am

So I've been packrafting for a couple of years now. Mostly local Class ii-iii local rivers with pool drop style rapids.

I've taken a swiftwater rescue course, so feel pretty confident once I get dumped into the water on how to rescue myself.

Yesterday we went for our final run of the fall (snow is already on the ground here). Water levels were quite low, and the river was barely runnable. Which made some of the classs II rapids much trickier than normal, things that we would normally shoot over, all of a sudden had holes forming on rock pourovers. For the first time I found myself really stuck on top of a couple of holes/pourovers. Still in the boat and very much in control but unable to move out of the flow. The first time I was able to fight my way out the side after a minute or so. The second time I ended up doing a full 360 on top of the water before one of my sides gut tucked under the pourover and I went under (and easily swam out with my boat).

Any tips on how to paddle out of a these sticky situations, quite literally?


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