Q: Can you guys write an article that addresses the correct gear for boogie boarding the new river park wave?
I see a lot of kids without a PFD, helmet, fins, booties, some cold water protection, basic river knowledge, etc.
There was a fatality in Colorado recently during some river surfing:
LOREN KAEHN, via email
A: You said it all.
If youre going to jump on a surf wave, youve got to have the right safety equipment.
Those getting on the wave at the Boise River Park should be equipped just like the kayakers who are out there.
A life vest in case you swim. The life vest also gives you padding on the upper body in case you bang on the river bottom or rocks.
A helmet in case you bonk your head.
Sturdy river shoes so you dont smash up your feet while swimming or walking in the river.
Neoprene shorts and shirt because the water is somewhere around 55 degrees.
Paddling or neoprene gloves are a good idea to protect your hands.
If you wear glasses, dont forget a strap or retainer. A simple parachute cord will work.
Get some knowledge of the hydraulics of the waves and the currents so you have better control. You can do that by sitting and watching the wave and other boaters. Youll end up knowing where the water will push you and also where you will end up if you swim.
Thanks for the tip. Hopefully, we will avoid an accident at the park with proper education.
DONT ROLL BOULDERS
There have been numerous incidents over the past year where climbing friends of mine, or even myself, have seen or nearly been injured by people rolling rocks off peaks.
The most notable area for this is Mount Borah, due to its popularity and the novices that climb it each summer day.
Couple that with the fact that people climb Mount Borah from all directions at all times of the year, and you have a potential for disaster.
In at least two incidents in the last year, people who climbed Borah from the nontechnical route have rolled boulders off the east and north faces, nearly injuring climbers on those routes.
The most recent incident was on July 25, when two friends of mine were bombarded from above by people on the summit rolling rocks off the top.
That same day, hundreds of miles to the west, my friend Zach and I were climbing in the Boulder Mountains and witnessed four people rolling rocks off the summit of Gladiator Peak.
Thankfully we were in a drainage away from the trajectory of those rocks, but had they started two hours later, we would have been right in the path of their rocks as we climbed Gladiator Peak.
I think there needs to be some education put out there letting people know that there are other climbers on these mountains on other routes.
Climbers on top of these peaks might not see them and it might not even seem sensible for someone to be climbing that route, but the potential is there.
I am pushing for the U.S. Forest Service to add a sign at the Borah trailhead as well, letting people know of this hazard.
If we can prevent a senseless death or injury by getting the word out, that would be great!
I can only imagine how horrible these people rolling the rocks would feel if they understood the ramifications of their actions.
DAN ROBBINS, Idahosummits.com
Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors