Originally Posted by UriahJones
K... I have no experience with big whitewater. But watching the YouTube videos of the kayakers tackling this run I've got a question.
How on Earth are they going to keep from flipping that raft in some of those HUGE holes!! Seems like swimming that river is akin to suicide (so much so that flippers evidently think its a better risk to free climb out of the canyon).
This will be an amazing run, I guess I don't see how they make it though.
And this is what makes their slated or supposed potential attempt remarkable and newsworthy.
In a conventional raft or cataraft no one has rafted the entire GC of the Stikine.
There have been to the best of my knowledge 3 raft attempts - one in 85, one in the early 90s on conventional rafts and then Cramers attempt on his cataraft in 06. The Creature crafters did it in '12 as we already know which was a hell of a run but still no conventional rafts (I guess with the invention of creature crafts the definition of a conventional raft would be something like a raft that if you flip you end up in the river?). Bottom line is these guys gotta be a well oiled machine as an r2 team. They need to be strong on the reflip - being able to reflip fairly quickly in class 3-4 water. They have to have exceptional ability and strategies to stay with their boat at all costs, to get them out of terminal Eddies or doom rooms (drag bag, grapple hooks, etc). They need to have not just phslysical stamina but mental stamina - they can't let a beat down affect their psyche). The ability to persevere in an extreme environment is an understatement. The only shame is some guy who does dances in the end zone gets millions of dollars yet guys like this who are attempting to push the limits of what the human race is capable of in spirit and strength are relatively unknown.