I should also mention...

Posted by Robert N Pruden on Sep 24, 2007

...that because I live on the prairies, I rarely have to worry about rocky outcroppings be they above or under water that can create a nasty eddy/whirlpool situation. There are no true rock gardens below the Rocky Mountains so I get to paddle on the river with narry a thought to water hazzards. If you live in an area where it is rocky (ie. exposed precambrian shield), then you must know the river well and that means SCOUT, read, SCOUT, talk to friends, SCOUT and SCOUT again. DO NOT take any form of literature on a river as gospel - I did that and almost died (class 6 rapid). If you have reliable friends who know about a river and know what they are talking about through real experience, heed them. River paddling is a great way to experience nature and water, it's a great way to have some fun, even with rapids, once you learn how to use them.

Hope this helps futher.

Robert N Pruden

In Response to: Now yer talkin my lingo.. by Robert N Pruden on Sep 24, 2007