So should I take a lighter in the Black Boxes of the San Rafael? jk
Can't believe I missed that thread,can't believe just read both of them completely
I guess you are asking for it when you start blaming other people,but that write up was a little misleading.I don't think Cutch and Evan are arrogant sandbaggers,just really good boaters who maybe underrate sometimes.Yeah they were straight up about dragging in,wood,and tougher rapids at the end,but they also said an inexperienced friend could carry in a ducky ,leads one to believe it's pretty easy,and that it was a day run.That said I would definitely take some extra precautions on a run like that.People just blew off that 30 yr. Zion guy's point of view.
Didn't like the suggestion about banning duckies too much,but just 'cuz someones in a ducky doesn't mean they don't have to know how to paddle competently.You may be able to throw some newby in a ducky on some runs,but in a wood fest you need to be able to stop!!I know a lot of duckiers that run standard 3-4 stuff that cannot catch micro eddies at all!Woody creeks are a different animal than they are used to.I have taken my duck into some pretty committing situations and woodfests,not so much box canyons as seriously remote hardcore bushwhacking for miles if anything went wrong.It has some advantages those other guys pointed out.
A good choice for a beginner or anyone wanting to experience a canyon similar to that is Muddy Creek Chute,just make sure no thunderstorms are expected and I wouldn't really want to be the first group of the year, in case of wood.Even in a I-II run like that wood could be deadly if it was pushy ,ain't no eddies.Sounds like the Temple of Sinahwa Run would be better choice[for Zion]
,least you can scout it and carry up some.Isn't the first part easier and you can bail before Satans if you want.
Sounds like fatigue definitely played a role and dusk/poor visibility,yeah he should have stopped sooner,but we've all paddled at dusk or even in the dark,spooky but kinda fun on a familiar run,dumb in difficult ,unknown or woody water.Ramblin' so last point ;Was readin' about a phenomena called Adrenaline Hangover in the Arizona book,where you screw up more on easier stuff after stomping something hardcore.Ever happen to you?Has to me though not on anything too " core" to some of you,just did really well on the part I was psyched up for then fell apart after that on boogie above real serious shit.