My new thought is when do you decide rolling for self rescue is your best option?
If you are floating a stream with lots of debris, roots, and somewhat shallow, is it a good idea to roll? Is there a chance your body will get caught on these obstacles when rolling? I know it’s meant to be a quick recovery when you capsize, but do most of you who roll frequently analyze if the stream you are in is meant for rolling?
Growing up in the Ozarks, most of the streams were shallow, swift, filled with trees, roots and rocks. The idea of rolling never seemed applicable to us because we could just stand after a capsize and pull our boat to shore. Now that I don’t live in the Ozarks, but in central Missouri, the Missouri River is my go to place to float. It’s quite a bit deeper than our Ozark streams, but I would guess it has 10x more debris in it. I have no clue what is just under the surface causing the bubbling, swirling and misdirection of the water on this river because the muddy water keeps that from view, but it’s not uncommon to see a few full sized trees lodged in the middle of the water way.
On a float such as this, is it best to roll your way out of a capsize with the danger of catching yourself on some debris, or should you float with your feet upstream drag your boat to shore? I’ve attached some examples from our trips below.
For all of you that have commented on my previous roll threads, thanks for your input and helping me understand the basics of the roll.