First off - Where can I get a copy of the 1985 video of rafting the GC of the Stikine? VHS? DVD? anyone?
Second - While I am not a class 5 cat-boater, let alone really a class 4 cat-boater, YET, as someone who aspires to advance in the "hobby" of catarafting in the next few years slowly but surely (climb the river class scale), and who does a lot of research,watching video, reading, asking questions, & listening, the Stikine is certainly a river you can't not hear about or pay attention to. I find the Stikine intriguing, interesting, and certainly awe-inspiring. Mark Cramers book offers up some riveting details of their run down the Stikine both in his Cataraft in 2006 that he had to abort, and in the CC's in 2012. So what I am curious about is I look at a river like the NF Payette which I have heard about, seen video of, and read a lot about (never stood on it's banks). Now my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) is this river seems to have a cut off for rafters - most rafters are doing this river up to around 2200 CFS. I know Cramer did it up to 3400 CFS doing "fear training," but that is the highest I've heard a rafter doing it. I've heard of Kayakers doing it at 5500 CFS - hell I think there is a video of a guy doing it at 8000 CFS. Naturally good Kayakers can do more gnarly stuff as they can find the lines easier but they are also exposed to added risk if shit hits the fan, etc.
So I don't know the nuances of the Stikine, never stood on it's banks, but where I am going with this long winded explanation leading up to a question is it seems to me that most guys (kayakers) wait for the Stikine to fall to about 500 CMS or lower (1 CMS = 35.31 CFS) before running it - which is 17,655 CFS or lower - which usually happens later in the Summer most years - either August or September, depending on the year, and sometimes never if there are bad fall rains. I believe the Creature Craft crew ran it in the 325-425 CMS range (11,500 to 15,000 CFS) if I recall correctly. So it's been said in this thread that the Stikine is "uncataraftable" (is that a word?) or that has been suggested. If kayakers do it at 300-500 CMS (10,500 to 17,655 CFS) - is there any logic to thinking that rafters might want to try it when it's lower? 100-200 CMS? (3500 to 7000 CFS). It would be less pushy for sure - perhaps some places may become more "ledgy." I know lower doesn't always mean better or easier. Also, I would imagine trying to pin the Stikine down at those lower water levels might mean going further into the shoulder or colder weather times as well however if the time is right? Has anyone seen the Stikine at these lower levels? Is it worth investigating?
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