Hi All. Just to update your knowledge base... the Grand Canyon of the Stikine was run in an inflatable in 1985. There is a documentary of the joint raft/kayak descent that was filmed by a helicopter supported Canadian and British film crew. It was done in an 18 ft Sotar (one of the first built) by a 7 person paddle team from California and Oregon. The raft completed about 70% of the canyon before the trip was aborted... a couple of the team members had had enough, and the film crew had all the footage they wanted and was running short of money so pulled the plug on the helicopter (the raft team was dependent on the helicopter to move them back and forth to a base camp set up at site Zed). The kayakers continued on to finish the canyon. This was the first (and only) decent of the canyon by conventional raft, the first descent by women, the second descent of the Stikine by kayak, and the first complete descent of the entire canyon by kayak except for the rapid at site Zed. The paddle team included Pete Fox, Dan Bolster, Steve , Beth Rypins, Peggy Linsay, Mark Kosina, and Joe Willie Jones - the kayakers were Rob Lesser, Lars Holbek and Bob MacDougall.
Congrats to the Creature Craft crew.... but you were late by 27 years
. Either way, anyone who runs the Stikine has my respect. It is one of the most magnificent and toughest whitewater rivers on the planet. A true gem.
Joe Willie Jones