Calling all east coast rafters
Hey all , I've been looming around here for some time now and have already benefited from lots of experience here.
I'm looking for some advice from anyone with significant experience on the New River, WV.
let me lead into this... I consider my self an intermediate rafter, I have canoed the New River from Hinton to Thurmond with 3 days gear in high water (a little hairy!), and I have rafted the same trip twice (more like a relaxing float compared to the canoe), with 3 men in a 12' raft with full gear. I have also been on 3 or 4 guided trips on the Lower New and Upper and Lower Gauley.
My question to those more experienced is if I should paddle the new from Thurmond to Fayetteville in a 12' raft with full gear? I have a solid frame, cooler, dry bags, rescue rope, and boxes so Im not worried about losing anything but the biggest rapids I have done with such a heavy load were not-so-technical III's. Is it a bad idea to take this trip with a raft full of gear and 3 paddlers? the raft can be sluggesh to manuever when its loaded down, but seems to carry momentum through small holes.
I really want to finish out a 3 day trip with the last day being on the Lower New. I have read up on all of the rapids and prepared my own maps and I have a fairly good understanding of how to navigate the water but I am looking for some opinions.
so flame on and thanks in advance to those who respond!