Originally Posted by GeorgiaGuy
Really want to go down the Tallulah Gorge in the northeast corner of Georgia. I have a good 2 years under my belt, practically lived on a class 2 river last summer. I've managed many class 3 rapids with no difficulty, but I'm looking at buying an actual whitewater boat.
Besides getting used to the new boat, what should I do to better prepare myself for a much more exciting river without jumping off the deep end and crossing my fingers?
I'm just baffled.
WHY do you want to run Class V? Are you enamored with all the cool videos of people hucking waterfalls and running continuous rapids? It's fucking terrifying.
You want excitement? Run Class 3 rivers, not just manage a single Class 3 rapid in an otherwise Class 2 run. Then run those Class 3 rivers with style. Surf every wave, play every eddy. Run it sideways and backwards. When all those little moves get easy, and you want some excitement, find some III+ and some IV-. Those runs have rapids and some holes that can still eat your lunch.
Then, as others have said, move to IV and IV+ and play them until you're blue in the face (figuratively). When you're ready for V, you'll know.
If it's excitement you want, I'm afraid you need to learn to find it yourself. You won't find it in a number.