The Drop. The advice. The Decision.

This thread was bought about by 2 films and a blog post. The blog entry was on the blog of Emily Chappell who is a  bike courier and adventurer.

Don’t go to Balochistan.

The first film was a film about a paddler who incurred fractures in his back and pelvis, have a look at the film about the paddler Jason Craig and his progress:

The fall and rise of Jason Craig.

I am glad he made a recovery and is back on his feet and in his boat, and the insights at the end of his film align somewhat with this entry.

The other film was shown at the Banff film festival this last Wednesday at Theatre Severn, In the film ‘Beyond the drop’ what struck me was that the fact that the paddlers as well as being ‘successful’, swam, threw paddles away and landed upside down. This points to the fact that there is a lot of chance involved with running drops of a certain makeup or height. I am pretty sure a rank beginner could have run/paddled the drops as well as some of the paddlers in that video, although there is very little paddling done while dropping.

  • Running drops and other aspects of paddling can be addictive (see adrenalin), but then again so can sugar/alcohol. Is addiction the basis for a hobby/sport or long term enjoyment/development?
  • Is what you do based on skill or ‘chance’.
  • Why are you doing it?

In the past I had paddled a few drops but nothing to the extent of the drops that are in the films mentioned, I noticed the sensation which was short lived and thought about upping the ante and decided against adding height.

  • If you are sensitive you can get pleasure from all levels of paddling.
  • If you have to keep upping the ante where does it end.

People will do what they will, but be careful when asking advice of others, should they be responsible for making your decisions for you (when an adult) and further to that how do your choices affect others in terms of rescue and fallout. Have fun on the river, practice and enjoy the next stroke.