you guys are all on the wrong page...what is the risk here?
I don't know shit about rafting and punched through the worst holes in the river in a 14' boat at high water!
enough of this childish running away. What the hell do you guys run rivers for? Camping with too much shit? Are you all seriously that scared of flipping? Call Tony @ 4 corners and get yourself a kokatat drysuit and run that shit. Hell, I tried on one of those rafting PFD's and though about swimming Hermit...they have like 90 gallons of flotation to begin with add in that nice puffy pillow thing back there - hell you're on a lounge chair!
I like the "lucky he didn't get hurt" quotes, I would like to add, "lucky he didn't make it"
You guys keep running your low probability sneak lines, and keep getting your shit handed unexpectedly. Me, I'll take the meat, and if I flip I'll see you in the same eddy - with a much better story, either way.
Like Mania said...pay attention to the first 18'er 6000 pound fully loaded raft with a veteran Canyon guide at the sticks...trying to make a bullshit sneak with "slow my heavy hitter down" backstrokes.
remember that Kinetic Energy is 1/2MV^2 so speed is exponentially better at being your friend. I can't help think you guys don't know what your raft is capable of if you push and T up because you have been pulling all your speed away all these years right before you get handed.