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I went to REI for the free classes tonight. The Kayak Rolling was done in a classroom setting, but I will try real rolling (in the water) at the Austin Paddling Club class in October. I think I should be able to handle being upside down in water as long as it doesn't get in my ears.

Light backpacking: as the instructor said... the weight of a backpacking equipment is inversely proportional to its weight on your wallet. Hrmpf. I really don't feel like buying another backpacking tent. The one I have is 6 lbs.. okay for 2 people (could be lighter) but heavy for one person. But I do have a light sleeping bag now (rei clearence). Hrmpf. I guess it's all tradeoffs. What's a couple extra pounds?

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dnivie
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Depends
Doesn't that depend hugely on your familiarity and safety in water generally ?

I didn't manage to roll either, on any of the 3 occasions where I've been trying it (had no instruction though, only what I could guess from observing others, guess that's not enough)

But I don't see what should be scary about it. You can easily keep your breath for a minute, and if you decide to give up, leave the kayak and come up, that's a 5-10 second operation. Am I missing something ?
gerdemb
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Depends
The problem I had was that my natural instinct was lean back when I was under the kayak, but to pop out you actually need to lean forward. I found it hard to overcome this even though I knew what I was supposed to do...
dnivie
Sep. 21st, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: Depends
That makes sense. If you're not feeling as if you're free to leave anytime, I could see why the situation would be stressful.

Being under water is one thing. Being under water and having the *feeling* (even if you're rationally aware it's not true) that you're being restrained there is something quite different.