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SURVIVE | Shake It Up, Baby

If people knew half the stuff that's happened to me on the water, no one would ever boat with me again. There was the time, for example, that I was running the Bogus Thunder Rapid on the north fork of California's American River with a newbie. The proper run is a blind entry to the left . . . —Jim Wheaton

Ask The Expert
Ryan Clark is a whitewater guide for the San Francisco Bay Rafting Chapter of the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings.

"Getting a raft stuck on rocks can be scary, especially at the entrance to a major rapid. Keep calm—acting hastily can make the situation worse. Thoughtfully and carefully shifting weight is often the best way to unstick a raft, and giving frightened paddlers something proactive to do is an excellent way to redirect their fear."

 

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