lotsa, elbows where in rough shape when I finally realized it; At a in and out in Fresno at 11pm fri night. Your candy ass would have cried and gave you an excuse for all those rolls and bad lines you would've undoubtably had.
Pinky was real DEEP in a few holes on that trip and I had the honor or horror of boofing right over him after Benny A Bombed our group in the last 8 miles on the kings canyon run. Which produced 2 swims, 3rd lingering on top of a sieve, 2 lost paddles, 4th broken rib, and a destroyed boat. He didn't carry shit for me, son.
As for the portaging, most will attest, when Bens leading there's no time to portage as you're already in it.
Ben is on another level right now and is paddling awesome. I watched one of the heaviest drops (1st D) run in person. He cleaned everything and had 4 less portages than the rest of us.
Leland, givin you a shout today.
To read about Ben and Darin unbelievable summer google "the 8th river expedition" It also has my bows in it.