Massive thread hijack. That being said.
Mike, Aaron called me right after he got off that creek, and I missed his call. I was... where was I... Jackson, maybe Montana when it came in, and basically it turned into an "Oh my god." kind of story. The difference between you and Aaron, is, for one, he may have a fairly large ego. He knows to control it. You are trying to prove how big your balls are by running this amazing BOX ELDER!!!!1111 run. But, your version of the story and his vary significantly. And, being as how he is one of my very good friends, and I have boated with him ALOT and he has taught me ALOT and we have done first or second D's together, I will tend to trust him a little bit more than you.
I will qualify this by saying: I am not a "Class V+" boater, or a class V boater. I am maybe comfortable on some class IV, but mostly like class III. I don't run the higher grades, not for lack of skill, but for lack of experience. I am sure I could bang, portage, and swim my way through TEH GNAR of BOX ELDER!!!!1111 but I realize I am no where near capable of doing it safely. Aaron invited me to go on his Arizona trip, and I declined, because I knew I wasn't ready. Before you start to talk shit, and say how you were the man on everything BOX ELDER!!!111 you may want to make sure that you tell the same story as other people on the run.
To check your skill level, I recommend coming up and running Ten Sleep. Or for that matter, I have the perfect creek, and I will play tour guide. Lower Tongue, it would be great fun. There is alot going on in there, and it has been something that I have wanted to do forever. Do you want to come up here and do a personal first D with me? We don't need a shuttle, since it is a hike up, but we can take my Jeep once you get to Cody. It would be cool to do. But, if you are going to boat with me, or with most of the other Wyoming folks that you seem so hell bent on calling out, I would recommend you get on your knees and pray to the gods of forgiveness, because you have really rubbed alot of us the wrong way. Another thing to do, something that has been discussed, by quite a few of us in regards to your BOX ELDER!!!111 run, is check your ego and your need to prove how big your cajones are at the door. I have had to bury paddling friends who were a hell of a lot better than you, without the ego. Shit happens, but it happens much more quickly when you are trying to prove you have balls. And don't deny it, you have talked up this AMAZING FIRST D!!!11 too much to suggest otherwise.
Good luck with the coming season, if you get up here, I wouldn't mind doing a ditch run, or a Lower Tongue with you, it's all about the boating, and having fun. This little flame war has gotten wayyyyy too far involved, and all of us are doing the one thing I hate about message boards, and that is cunting up a good thread with trash.
Oh, and for the love of god, pick up this book. Reviewing Basic Grammar: A Guide to Writing Sentences and Paragraphs. It will make this flame war at least a little easier to read.
Sorry for the thread hijack, now, let's get back to the stoke!