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New Heights of Madness

This is the sort of whitewater kayaking that is being idealized these days. Apparently this man had no injuries worse than a bruised thumb, but from what I see I say he's lucky to be alive and walk. Voluntarily submitting onesself to this kind of risk looks pathological to me. The fact that ever more ridiculous rapids are being run, and those who survive it being glorified, is worrisome.

((I removed the embedded video because the "user" removed it the day after I posted this. I guess he didn't want the attention...))

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liveonearth
May. 22nd, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
The video was removed only hours after I posted this and another link to it. I suppose the feedback wasn't welcome. What it showed was a young male kayaker shoving off into a roiling cascade toward a large final drop, and getting chundered end for end while he was falling down the thing. It looked bad, real bad. I'm sure he's a very good kayaker. The issue is not his skill, but his judgment.
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