Recently when the French Broad reached flood stage with water levels of 15,000 cubic feet per second I broke my never-paddle-alone rule. It was a work day after all, which can sometimes present challenges in finding paddling partners. I did have local paddlers, Keith Sprinkle and Adam Masters drop in and check on me, which made me feel a bit safer.
For the record, I would never recommend paddling alone, but if you have to do it make sure you have the proper safety gear in case of an accident. (Note: Kayaking can be a very dangerous sport, especially if proper safety precautions are not taken. Paddling alone is never recommended, as one individual helped me point out in a Facebook comment.) This gear should at least include weather appropriate gear (a drysuit can be a life saving device), a reliable paddle, a rescue pfd and throw rope, proper footwear, a dry sprayskirt and of course a CE approved, multiple-impact helmet.
- Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc.Accent Fluid Paddle – SR Standard Fullcut Helmet – Astral Brewer Shoe – IR Drysuit – IR Klingon Sprayskirt – Astral ’13 Greenjacket – Murky Water Sword Surf Kayak Drysuit and lightweight, sticky, quick-draining footwear. The French Broad ledges at 14,000+ cfs
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