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    Default Creek crossings...how do you do it safely..?

    I have had a couple close calls crossing creeks...wondering if there is a prescribed way of doing it without swimming or facing death??
    What do you say..?

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    Walking sideways and carrying a staff usually worked for me. Use the staff on the downstream side. And of course it all depends on the stream, your load, etc . . . . . Be careful out there!

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    Back in my youth I had a hiking pardner tie me off while he belayed me...Now I know to never attach a rope to yourself while crossing, if you go down you turn into a porpoise...

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    Check out this link, it explains some methods I use. I make sure my pack is unstrapped in case I fall and have to ditch it, I find that trekking poles really help.

    http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/safety/rivercross.htm
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    http://www.nps.gov/wrst/river-crossings.htm

    Another link with a good checklist of things to look out for and remember.

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    Default Threat to life, threat to gear... lotsa reasons:

    Take time to scout for a better crossing.
    Use a wading staff of some kind-invaluable for stability and feeling one's way. Cut one if you don't have one.

    Here are some old threads with excellent advice:
    1. Good discussion - prob best I've seen on AOD because several specific techniques described - started by Buck Nelson with 82 posts: http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...tream+crossing
    2. Short thread, but ends with wise advice from HuntAK ("...sometimes it's [attempting a dicey crossing] just not worth it": http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...tream+crossing
    3. 13 posts: http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...tream+crossing

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    Thanx guys lots of good info. I'm going into the Wrangells this summer..sereral years ago I was near Glacier Creek and was crossing a creek that I ended twisting my knee while trying to turn back with out being swept away, I did'nt make it across and had to turn back

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    is a one man raft with collapsable oar an option?

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    Always remember, NEVER EVER have your waist belt hooked up when crossing any water. You need to be able to get free of your pack if you fall as it will be an anchor on your back.
    "...and then Jack chopped down the beanstock, adding murder and ecological vandalism to the theft, enticement and vandalism charges already mentioned, but he got away with it and lived happily ever after without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done. Which proves that you can be excused just about anything if you're a hero, because no one asks the inconvenient questions." Terry Pratchett's The Hogfather

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneriver View Post
    Thanx guys lots of good info. I'm going into the Wrangells this summer..
    Do you know where you're going in the Wrangells?

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    I'm going to hike the Goat Trail...

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