Hey, Phil. Would you like to meet up there sometime after work or on weekends? I'm putting on about 6-6:30 some weeknights and usually at least one of the weekend days.
I was up last night and, although I purposely try to link everything into the hardest lines and turns I can find, I would say the #s are not a "give me". There are plenty of seams, funky currents, and rocks to trip bigginers up, even if they are just running it straight through the main channels. The #s are always a lot of fun. Still, at 80 fpm and Pine at 200 fpm, the current is pushy enough to sweep an upside-down boater into receiving some pretty hard shots potentially. Especially in some of the few shallow or manky places (like #5). Although, most of the run is not bad.
As far as mentoring goes, I'm teaching my wife and daughters to advance their boating. Yes, I have to push them a little bit, but I don't want them biting off too much too soon. One daughter is already about ready for #s if I wanted to take her, but I think that, as Phil and others have posted in this thread, it is wiser to hone her skills further on slightly easier runs and simply seek out the hardest moves we can pursue. I want them to be relaxed and develop style and grace, rather than just charging and hoping they survive something. Which, is most likely what anyone with only 3 or 5 days of boating would be doing in Pine and the #s. Some few might be capable of it, but I don't think I am ever inclined to invite someone without a solid resume into Pine. I just really don't want to deal with their probable carnage. I was doing Pine in my first year, but only after many many days of other boating, back when I used to have time to boat 100 days a year. Again, only 3 to 5 days of experience is not likely enough to expect that a person would not get injured and or then want to give up the sport. And, having dealt with plenty of rescues, we sometimes end up risking ourselves and taking some shots. So, hopefully most people get mentored with proper teaching and progression.
No risk, no reward. It is not that we have to, it is that we get to. Preparation and education are essential to self-confidence and success. - KV
"If there is no risk there is no adventure."- Bill Briggs