If you are going with video boaters, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. They paddle the gauley almost every day. Solo. Dead people don't make good videos. if they are going to surf the wave in initiation, the will tell you, not to and have you go left of them. Normal people don't surf that wave, it's dangerous. Some videots do it all the time. A video boater would never let you go there. If you run the middle of initiation, as you approach the bottom go hard right into the clapper wave, you can melt down a creek boat there. Ask you guides about that and have fun. It's a class 3 rapid. Just stay away from the right side of the river there at the top.
PS The keelhaulers do have an awesome web page, and they are a good club. But, don't let them scare you.
Originally Posted by BillC
Make sure you are aware of where the "death slot" is as you approach initiation rapid. There is what appears to be a nice surf wave on the right that is backed up by a nasty sieve. From the accounts I have read its as much a matter of knowing where you are on the river in relation to the rapid/sieve as knowing that it exists. There are some good pictures and descriptions on the Keelhauler (KEEL HAULERS Canoe Club Home Page
) message board and the Three Rivers message board which you can link to from the KH site.