Yikes! Is there some protocol involved on rapids that big? Would you and Pierce normally watch each other? Or is a bad swim like that so unusual for you that Pierce wouldn't even be thinking about that?
Looks like you had a nice cake later with a couple of cuties on your lap. :)
It's a complacency thing more than anything. And Pierce is only 16. It's fairly SOP on the feature to be independent as we have to walk back up to the put-in eddy everytime. So with two paddlers, there is little chance you are both in your boats at any given time.
It is not a big rapid after Big Pink. Class 2 standing waves for a bit. But it is a fairly swift flowing cold river at this time of year. And big enough flow that it is not easy to tow my boat and paddle to shore while in it.
I know Pierce's dad wasn't too happy about it as the identical thing happened to another buddy with Pierce on that wave/hole. And he wasn't too happy about the tour he went on.
I did whistle, but Pierce didn't hear it.
I don't point any fingers at Pierce and it was good for me to do some swiftwater rescue scenario stuff in the heat of the moment.
My takeaway would be to use my whistle sooner.
But it does effect the head game that this sport is.
All interesting and all makes sense. In water that cold, you lose dexterity really quickly. Glad you're OK, if a little sore.
You need to do more bicep curls
I was going to get him a curling bar for his B-day... guess I'll have to wait for next year. :-)
CO, I'll definitely look into that. How about I do bicep curls and you do dumbell side bends?
I'll double down on that challenge: I'll do side bends with dumbells in BOTH hands!