Originally Posted by The_Jackal_Of_Gnar
Also, turns out that sometimes people do rivers without posting about it on the internet. Or even getting Go-pro footage! I am almost positive there's been more.
Yeah, the thirty second descent isn't that interesting, really.
Back to this first descent in an INFLATABLE. More interesting info, posted by Ted Day over on Idaho:
I talked to Mark last week on his way back from the Stikine. Let there be no doubt, this was an accomplishment of extreme proportions. Mark says it was beyond comparison with anything he's seen and done, and given the fact he's done the Susitna and Turnback Canyon, not to mention Tumwater Canyon at 10,000 cfs, this is really saying something. He also said it pushed the envelope even for the CC's. There was a ton of skill required to avoid terminal features, like holes with no possibility for escape and pocketed traps against cliff walls. Site Zed required 5 "do or die" moves, one of which was missed and required deployment of a sea anchor bag that was just barely enough to make the difference in getting out of the hole. Mark also stated it was basically divine intervention that he flipped where he did and aborted his solo cataraft attempt a few years back, it is not cataraftable and he likely would have drowned. He put survival odds of a swim at about 1 in 3.
Folks can bash all they want, but all I'll be saying is "Huge Congratulations".