Whitewater Kayaking Journal: Dozens of free kayak instruction movies and whitewater photos documenting daily progress of actor
preparing for role in the film Savage Snow. From absolute beginner on Paddle Day 1 to advanced big water paddler.
PADDLE DAY 9 - First Run without Kayak Intruction or Guide
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First Run without Kayak Instruction or Guide

Early snowfall by Lake Dillon.
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September in Silverthorne.
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I have accomplished my main goal of this trip, to find a residence for my winter return. I am ready to get in the water again before I leave. Using my left hand is still painful, but I can grip a paddle.

Steve, a friend of mine I met in Vail last winter, took a beginner kayak instruction class like me over the summer. He has paddled the Upper C already. After running it with an expert guide, I feel confident enough to run it with Steve.

Steve doesn’t have a roll yet and I will be more cautious with just the two of us. If he swims, I will be responsible for chasing his boat down. And of course a swim is not out of the question for myself. My hand injury is the result of swimming in the Upper C on my previous day of paddling.

We end up having a great time. We run it twice back to back with neither of us getting involuntarily flipped by the river.

An early season snow storm has hit Summit County here at the beginning of September, just before I head back to North Carolina. The snow is falling as I return the rental kayaks to Colorado Kayak Supply in Silverthorne. The shot above of Lake Dillon was taken just up the street from the kayak shop a day after the snowfall.

Steve in an Upper Colorado eddy.
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Me pretending I am in a big rapid.
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