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Old 06-06-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Tumwater Canyon and the Creature-Craft

Calling Gnarvan and Canyonrover. I think this is your neck of the woods but have you seen a creature-craft. This is some sick sh$t. http://www.icicle.tv/Blog/SPORTS-OUTOOR ... anyon.html

Where I come from we row away from the holes these guys are going after. Unless they can't be avoided of course
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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WOW.make that FREAKIN WOW!
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:48 AM   #3
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Tumwater canyon is some spooky water. I ran the top three rapids at a flow of 2200cfs. The guys in the creature crafts were running it over 10,000 cfs. At 2200cfs we decided Exit was a death trap so we pulled off the river before POW.

I had a couple friends run it in a creature craft about a month ago. They got sucked into a strainer log and their boat got pinned. They spent several hours standing on the log trying to figure a way out without swimming. It was pretty safe to say a swim away from your boat in that water isn't survivable.

I think creature craft were originally designed as a rescue craft that could go in and get people stuck in a low head dam. They are pretty amazing. I've shared the river with them several times. It's not something I would ever own.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:37 AM   #4
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Wow! In Mississippi, we call that "Crap Your Pants Craft!" Great video.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Here is another You Tube of the Creature Crafts doing a first descent of Sunset Falls on the South Fork of the Snohomish in Washington. This is a real "crap your pants" run. Notice the line the blue boat takes. It's a little to the left of the other boat and he pays the price. You can see a broken oar when he pops back of a hole that would suck full grown birds out of the air.

The amount of control these guys have over where their boat goes is similar to a barrel dropping over Niagara Falls. They wear velcro seatbelts to keep them in the craft.



Information on Sunset Falls

http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/ ... p?num=4664
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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That's wild. On the one hand I'd want more that velcro strapping me in, on the other I wouldn't want that. Either way, it doesn't look like something you would walk away from. Thanks for the video.
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