Curse of the Creature Crafts
Coloradoans are blessed not to have their rivers infested with these creatures . . . yet.
I was in Banks, Idaho last week doing some laps on the North Fork of the Payette and met Darren and Shaggy, who were running a creature craft demo clinic. Darren and Shaggy were great guys, and were very professional, but many of the people demoing the creature crafts were class II-III rafters, with some even having no rafting experience. These people were taking the creature crafts on rapids such as Nutcracker, Jacob's Ladder, and Golf Course. Luckily no one was hurt, but I did see some horrific hole rides, where the people and creature crafts were doing barrel rolls and all types of aerial acrobatics.
But that's not the part that bothered me. These people are adults and can make their own decisions about risking life and limb; however, there were literally a dozen creature crafts on the river. These crafts really don't have any control when running steep, class V rapids, and numerous times the creature crafts were in rapids with us kayakers. Both our group of kayakers and the group of creature crafters were courteous and tried to put some space between each other, but I could see the potential for very dangerous situations developing.
This experience made me think that in the future there might need to be rules enacted regulating the use of certain inflatable watercraft on certain waterways.