Back to Skill Progression
Great film and discussion overall.
I particularly liked seeing your boat control progress from sloppy class IV to cleaner class IV.
I think that when you're focusing on making class IV clean and to echo what has been said in the thread already about:
1. Practicing difficult moves in class IV, eddy catching, ferrying, boofing ect. You will be that much more solid when you are in class V.
2. So often I see new paddlers focusing on a tick list of runs of increasing difficulty instead of focusing on maximizing their skills in easer water. As a result they develop bad habits and sketchley embark on class runs that are not yet within their skill set.
3. It is best to lap the hell out of the local class IV-V runs and build skill and confidence, Bailey, Clear Creek, Pine Creek, Gore ect. Then travel to run the lower 5 on the North Fork of the Payette.