Originally Posted by reelfisher10
Lakes get boring after awhile. Class I and II? Really? I am not trying to sound like a hard ass but if you cant kayak or boat down class I or II rapids then you have a lot of learning to do. I am not a professional but I am not completely retarded. I went down the gunnision gorge when it was flowing a little over 3000cfs so there were some decent class III+ rapids. Yes I know that is crazy ridiculous as I am going down these waves I look over and see a 14yr old kid in a raft with his family.
You said you were in a raft on the Gunnison, yes? That does not prepare you for even class 2 in a kayak. People are being easy on you here. If you have no experience on moving water in a kayak then you will be a train wreck immediately after putting on "class 3 with some class 4". Most of us who have been around this sport for a while know of too many stories of ill informed, inexperienced people who get in over their heads with disastrous results. Kudos to you for posting on here to gather info. I suggest you listen, even if it isn't what you want to hear. Join a club, get a creeker (you can self support camp with one of them and they are stable), learn to roll, get comfortable in class 2, then step it up, don't paddle alone etc.
This is a great sport but you absolutely need to respect the river. And right now it is clear that you don't know what you don't know in that regard. Start right and be smart about how you progress and you may love this sport. Jumping in over your head is no way to start kayaking.