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2006-09-25 Rafting on the Tieton River
This rafting trip was absolutely awesome! It was 21 miles long and it took approximately three hours. Thanks to the reduced water flow of this period, waves were much taller than usual, surface currents more irregular, and rocks popping out of the surface everywhere. These conditions make it probably the best time of the year to go rafting on this river.
We were just a few people on the raft, with a crazy guide which immediately understood our urge for adrenaline. So he started directing us against every single rock popping out of the water, and directly into the fastest currents. We did all the river pinballing from rock to rock! Two times we had people bumped out of the boat (swimmers, how they call them). The first time I was among the lucky ones, while the second time I practiced the rescue manoeuvre on the swimmer!
Being projected away from the raft is one of the most exciting experiences ever. It happens so quickly that you just find yourself underwater without any clue of what is happening. As soon as you manage to have your head out of the water, you realize that the current has drifted you away from your raft, and it's dragging you away farther and farther. Now you have to assume a safety position with your feet upfront, manage to slow down without bumping too much into rocks on the flatbed, and possibly swim toward the expected trajectory of your raft. Once you get there, they will pull you back on board.
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Album was created 9/29/06 7:17 AM.