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Offline Francois Leclerc

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2017, 11:21:41 PM »
I decided not to go...have fun guys!

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2017, 01:25:20 PM »
Christian, this is a generous offer, and I would very much be down with this. I'll look into borrowing a creeker, though I could potentially rent one if necessary (though I'm supposed to be frugal given renovations going on at my home....)

How early would you want to head out?

Cheers,

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 11:18:46 PM »
Stefan, there are two more dam releases after this weekend. If you can get a creek boat, we could go do the Rouge 7 Sisters section at some point during the week if you can get out of work early, so that you would get used to paddling it. The level in this river is pretty good right now for that purpose.

Taylorville is a beast quite different from the big deep rivers we have here. I have run it maybe 20 times, but even then last year (or was it the previous year?) I swam during almost every run--a bad year. Hopefully this year will be better for me!

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 10:04:34 PM »
Thanks Christian,
Your remarks are well-taken. The answer to most, but not all of these questions, were I to ask them of myself, is yes. I had only been considering Taylorville, but either way, sounds like it would be way better with a creek boat, so I'll hold off on this occasion.

Hope you guys have fun!

Stefan

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 09:36:25 PM »
Good morning folks,

I'd love to join you for this. Do I need a creeker, or can I do this on my Jackson Fun?

I'm sure I can handle the difficulty level based on what I've read.

Cheers,

Stefan

Hi Stefan.

There's the old saying about the Coast Guard. To anyone calling them to ask if it's safe to go out to sea on a particular day, their answer is always 'no'. Someone who has to ask does not have the required knowledge and skills to make a decision him/herself, and likely does not have the knowledge and skills to be there safely. Since they have to rescue people who got in trouble, you can understand that policy.

Do not take this in the wrong way. If I did not have experience running steep, narrow, shallow runs, I would not be able to assess the difficulty of a run based only on what is written on the Internet. Taylorville is a Class III-IV shallow run where the consequences of missing a line can be quite bad, as we have seen over the years. Eagle is fully Class V, the waterfall at the end is actually the easiest part.

I would have to ask myself:
--Have I been paddling during most of the Spring and Summer?
--Do I own a creek boat that I am comfortable paddling?
--Can I roll approx. 100% of the time VERY QUICKLY in rocky shallow chaotic water, possibly while hitting rocks?
--Do I have experience paddling different rivers, usually without swimming?
--Am I comfortable catching eddies in Class III whitewater?
--Can I successfully boof a 2 m waterfall?
--Do I have enough experience to read a river and pick my way down a twisty rapid?
--Can I/do I want to depend on others for rescue in case of trouble?

Some experienced paddlers who know the river vey well may elect to do it in playboat. Personally, I would only use a creek boat.

It is also long drive if you end up watching only...

Have fun!

--Christian

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 08:34:09 PM »
I should be going too. Probably leaving around 7:00. Details still to be determined!

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 09:43:10 AM »
Personally I wouldn't do Taylorville section with a Fun... but can it be done? Sure. If you have decent stability/skills, can handle a small boof, good brace.

I would definitely NOT do the Eagle section with a Fun though. In case that was on your "must do" list. :)

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 08:38:24 AM »
Good morning folks,

I'd love to join you for this. Do I need a creeker, or can I do this on my Jackson Fun?

I'm sure I can handle the difficulty level based on what I've read.

Cheers,

Stefan

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 10:06:29 AM »
See you all there!  8)

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 09:38:19 AM »
I'll be with some open boaters.  See you guys there. 

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 09:36:25 AM »


They open it up at 10, so I want to be there for that.

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 09:31:59 AM »
Luc and i will be there

At what time are you planning to be at the put-in?

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Re: Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 10:05:08 PM »
Luc and i will be there

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Beaver-Taylorville this weekend?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 02:43:06 PM »
Anyone doing the Beaver-Taylorville section this coming weekend? (Sept 9-10)