The opening of Pearce allows many new options. Typcially people will takeout at Diamond Creek at 10 am in the morning after the ramp is open. The afternoon before, many trips bump down to 220m and derig, setup camp, sleep, rerig, row down, and de rig after 10 am because the ramp is closed. Oh yah it costs approx $1200.
Here's the Pierce way taking out the same day: The same trip can pass 220m between noon and 2pm and row down past the last rapid 236m gneiss canyon. Depending how your doing on time you can tie the boats together frame to frame, put the outside oars in the center wherever between boats, and cook on the boat if your late.... or pull over and do dinner. From Seperation 240m to 280m the no paddle float takes between 12-15 hours. So if you push off at 7pm you will arrive at Pearce at 7am or later. If you are on time, you will be derigged and heading home before the Diamond Creekers can even pay there dues much less start derigging. So contrary to what people may believe? You don't need more days to do Diamond Creek Down. If you are driving through Flagstaff it takes the same amount of time to drive from Diamond Creek to Flagstaff as Pierce to Flagstaff. I suggest taking RT66 its mellower and takes the same time. Super cheap shuttle as rrshuttleservice.com
Some folks that may not like the nightfloat are light sleepers, NRS frames, and rickety folks. For peeing on the nightfloat we just deflate the self bailing floors for the gals. Pee bucket on the floor of the bow is common as well. Advantages to the nightfloat you never know the giant sacred flying machines are flying through the sacred canyon. It would be nice if someone would put christmas lights on the sacred toilet seat as a marker to know where you are. Across from the sacred toilet seat is a not published island camp at 264.5m for day floaters. The helicopter traffic is no doubt an abomination