Originally Posted by crispy
not sure if they still do, but they used to run commercial trips with rookies in 'torpedoes', walking only a few of the big rapids. definately doable but depends on individual as someone already mentioned
A company called "Orange Torepedo Trips" OTT runs rivers in the northwest with everyone in IKs. They used to all be Sevylor Tahitiis, thus the company name. In the late 80's and early 90's they contracted with our campany to run the Grand. They had a 4 to 1 ratio of guests to guides in the torpedos; plus the rowing guides. We had enough rafts so that all the torps could be rolled up and everyone ride in rafts. All of the guests had to have been on one of OTT's other multi day trips to sign up. They had to walk around Hance, Crystal and Lava, but other than that they were in the IKs. It was quite a site to see them run Hermit. None of them made it past #5 including the OTT guides. Imagine 17 people, 17 IKs, 17 blue backrests and about half of them let go of their paddles all scattered in the river below Hermit. I was the last raft and by the time I got down to them they were mostly self rescuded or helping each other. I wish I had pictures, but earlier that trip we ran Grapevine at 33k and there is a huge lateral at the top at that level. My rocket box seal didn't hold in the flip and my camera died.
I think part of the experience for them was that they were all in it together. My thought is that those who may have been a bit timid about staying in the IKs the whole trip found comfort in numbers. There were 4 ladies and 2 of them I thought would give up part way through the trip but they didn't although there were several guys that opted for the rafts on several days.
I would like to do the entire trip in my IK some day.