Originally Posted by Shitouta
I was sitting at Jakes on the north fork and watched a some guy in a creature craft strap in a girl who had never been on whitewater before and drop in to jakes with her seatbelted in the back. That's talking class V+ and making it class III. I'm usually in favor of innovation and people using new gear and push the limits, etc. I love my drysuit! But ethically, I have to draw the line somewhere. I just personally feel like creature crafts are lame because they take the skill and consequence out off river running, which are two of the most integral facets of the experience. And for some reason, today I felt like sharing that across the internet.
You do realize that you're on a raft forum trying to get people to understand what kayakers have done, right?
No doubt it takes some serious commitment to drop into the Stikine whether in a kayak, creature craft, or barrel. On the continuum of modes of river travel I put the creature craft almost adjacent to the barrel. It's far from aesthetic and it isn't versatile but you can get through some gnar.
I'm not saying sending it big in a barrel (or creature craft) isn't badass, but it's definitely in the "stunt" category. I find it inspiring to read about the early barrel-huckers on Niagara or about the first D of Sunset Falls. All badass stunts. Creature crafting Site Zed is a badass stunt as well.
Much props to Cramer for his descent. He has put years of work into making that happen. His level of determination is commendable. The man worked hard to make it happen and it's cool to see him persevere.
I know what I think about Doug Ammons being heli-evaced on day 1. And I think you know what to think about it too, Ben.
Since I've dissed rafting on every mountainbuzz post I've made in the past 9 months I must confess I'm leaving today for the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. While there I will hold oars and probably flip a few times. Maybe when I return I will be able to weigh in on threads about coolers and other lame class 3 shit....but I doubt it.