Thing number one is from the depths of the past. As Derek already pointed out I did my very first run of the USNWC's comp channel! Our last visit to the center was a day of firsts indeed, I tried out a Dagger Nomad 8.1 and really enjoyed it, despite getting my metaphorical shit pushed around by the hard lines. I also found a whole new level of appreciation for my nose plug but you'll see that in the video:
Not pictured of course are my multiple failed attempts at rolling before actually getting right-side-up. That, my friends, is what we call movie magic. Now that I've run my first Class IV I feel all grown up and I'm super hyped to start getting down more actual rivers. Like, in nature and stuff.
In fact my excitement was so incredibly palpable that I couldn't handle waiting and decided to go for a hike along the Triangle's very own Haw River! We had a super rainy week last month and the Haw was actually full of water, which is something I never thought I'd say about a river but when all the readings when there's not a hurricane are usually around 130 cfs I'd say it's warranted. I walked the entire 3rd section, about a mile and change, and recorded my awe.
Keep in mind, experienced Haw River Runners, that this was literally my first time seeing the Haw, so apologies are in order if I got some of the names wrong for the rapids. If I totally nailed it though, HAH I'm the best.
Future plans to be discussed later, for now I have a tiny world to save.