Damn running down Big Timber Falls! That's truly some gnarly water. Sorry about your friends, knowing when to hang up the hat is never a bad thing.I was pretty into it in the 90's and early 2000's. I was boating some pretty heavy stuff with a good crew. One summer I lost two friends, had a close call, and had my first child. I hung it up and haven't kayaked since. After helping extract the body of a boating partner I determined that dying doing what you love is over rated. My buddies died fighting for their lives. I couldn't live with the idea of my kids growing up without knowing them because of some silly hobby. A couple of my old paddling friends still do it and I miss the time out camping and adventuring with them but have rarely missed the act of kayaking. We sure like rafting but do it on a really casual level.
I can't recall those old films either. We also boated Sweetgrass Cr to the N of Big T and it was a similar character. It was a long hike up through the same private checkerboard that hunters are fighting to access. The rancher would allow us access back then. One of my buddies died in the Box on the CF of the Yellowstone near Cody--he was more of an acquaintance really. My crew missed the eddy to the portage of an unrunnable falls and all of them went down it. We found his body two weeks later and brought him out. I was supposed to be there but I had made plans far earlier to watch Willie Nelson with my wife and she wouldn't let me out of it. Willie may have saved my life that weekend. That crew were savages and they got hammered; I was probably the weakest one.was twitch the movie that had big timber in it in the 90's?
to many beers since then to remeber stuff like that.
Here is a pic of a guy running moyie falls. They showed up to my buds place in Bonners Ferry with a back board.
Going to run the moyie on saturday. We will take out before the falls. lol