Im just assuming, but it sounds to me as if your just getting started. I could be wrong. One thing that is going to be difficult, and is for even experienced folk, with all the gear, is meeting people that :
1) are willing to take someone that they don't know anything about
2) tell you everything to do, and how to do it.
3) basically act like your guide, and allow you to part-take in all the goodness without any of the investment.
Im not trying to ba an ass at all, but one thing about non-commercial "PRIVATE" trips is that they are a shared expence trip, with like minded outdoor adventureres.
Now, if Im required to pay my share, and bring my 10,000 dollar rig, Im usually going to fill my trips with people that have their own gear, have some of the gear, or at least a boat to take more of my gear. As of now, your looking for a ride, and thats fine, and i hope it works for you.
one avenue that might be good ( depending) on where you live, is to become active with a local "boating club" most of these allow rafts/kayaks/canoes, and aren't very specific of craft, just mostly about river people doing river stuff.
this would allow you to introduce yourself, get to know some of its members, and IMO would get you on the water on a multi-day trip MUCH faster than anything else.
best of luck.....
You going to love it!
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