Originally Posted by WhatWouldJesusBoat
I am hoping to do an early/mid-October trip on the Middle Fork Salmon with semi-lightly loaded tandem IK’s. This would be our first multiday IK trip as we are usually hardshell kayak self supporters (with plenty o'ELF experience). We would be taking tandem Aire Tomcats. We tend to plan for lightweight “luxury” like dehydrated homemade gourmet meals, Alite chairs, and powdered bloody mary mix. There is not a ton of info online about MFS IK trips this time of year.
I am looking for any input/advice on any logistical issues I may encounter doing it this time of year. I know to plan for constant cold, wet, and unpredictable weather in general. But what should I know about boating this trip in late season?
Can I absolutely get down it in mid-October this year with an IK? Has anybody done it after October 5th? (if so, what was the level)
Would I need to boat with less inflated tubes? (or is it no problem in an IK?)
Can we get from Boundary to Cache Bar in 5-6 days during that time of year?
Any help from you MFS ELF-ers would be very much appreciated.
Sounds like you have plenty of kayaking experience, if you are solid then.
Yes, 6 days should be fine,
plenty of water for IKs anytime
hard tubes should be just fine
you already got the weather figured out