Friday, May 27, 2011
Run the Gnar
A line of retired life jackets hangs after a generation of service. With them goes a history of river trips, adventures and stories from overworked instructors and enlightened students. They leave behind a legacy of a different time, one when the outdoors was a bit more simple. The latest technology at the time was good judgment, attention to detail and a focus on well practiced skills. Wilderness education was just being outside, canoes were canoes, gear was stored in 5 gallon buckets or surplus ammo cans and life jackets were still called life jackets. They had yet to adopt the liability friendly and insurance company recommended designation of “Personal Floatation Devices” or PFD’s.