Very interesting stories on both sides. I have read everything here (links) but not the guidebook. Ill get a copy and read the description of the run.
I think truth and exaggeration almost go hand in hand in any account (including guidebooks). At least thats my experience. I have been kayaking rivers for over 25 years now, so feel somewhat skilled and knowledgeable.
These posts have been good to read. I am glad both sides have spoken, it enlightens us all to how to define a safe trip and minimize the 'epic'
As long as your kayaking there will be epics, its a given fact. Rivers are dynamic and change. Climbing guides just lke river guides, are just an opinion of the author. Not really a ~procedure~ on how to... I have never blamed a guidebook but certainly have noted when they are less than accurate. In this particular instance it appears that wood is everywhere but not really described as such in the guidebook (I have not read the guidebook yet). As well the paddler certainly was not prepared for remote run and made a bad decision to start at mid-late morning.
To all those involved, thanks for the great read, its a good reminder when it comes to running remote rivers.