Originally Posted by jmacn
I think a river guide app with sweet still photos and descriptions could do well. Even really good drone still photos of the biggest Rapids or hazards would be sweet. I would use that. Watching drone footage of the whole run is not at all interesting to me. Nothing beats the first time down a run with little beta. Every step we take to unlock the riddle before the put-in takes away from some of the mystery. I would draw the line at the google Earth fly thru. No thanks...
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Agreed. There's only one chance to see it for the first time. Better from the boat than staring at a screen. I wish I could go back do a redo on a bunch of my "firsts", and not
follow someone who knows the run. I paddled with a guy on one of my local rivers last year. He was not from the area, but had done a couple solo laps before we ran it together. He lead, and I was surprised how differently he ran it that I normally did. I've paddled that stretch a bunch of times, with a bunch of people, and for the most part, the "right" lines stay pretty consistent, but he had run it without that influence, and I followed, and saw it from a different perspective. It wasn't necessarily better or worse, just different. Following someone down, or getting every line from a guidebook, or youtube, or drone videos takes that away.