That's why I hesitated to get into a "discussion" about running ANYTHING.
There are always those who think they know and/or enjoy carnage for sport.
Anyway, having had many a commercial river guide save my bacon at big water situations I hadn't seen before, take what you will from the advice giving and have a good trip. Friends of mine have been injured in Skull, and others drowned in Funnel or after, so when someone asks for advice I give it in good will.
RichP is correct - - at higher than 8K it is not as busy as I described but a bit harder to break left due to the laterals coming off the left getting bigger. Nevertheless, this is where "reading" the water comes in. Look down river damn it! Study the wave train and decide where you want to go! Right to left is generally speaking the run at Skull. Beyond that, it depends on the wave train and what it is doing. Low flows - - left early, before Razor. As flows get higher, you still have to break out of the wave train left, but maybe at a different point, depending on how the laterals are breaking.
Like I said, just blindly going left or right or anywhere is not good oarsmanship - - in the end, it IS all about READING the water and going where you want to. LOOK, READ, RUN!
Buena suerte everyone!
PS Whoever added the note that pulling is always stronger than pushing was right on!