Originally Posted by Wavester
Well...I almost flipped in Big Mallard this year trying to get cute and go left of the big rock. Bottom line is anyone can flip on any rated river, just make a small mistake is all it takes.
Originally Posted by Rich
And I could claim I am able to get down many rivers 100% certain not to flip, but what fun would that be???
I like to take the "E" Ride, to get a little too close to those monster holes just to see how deep they really are.
The experienced boatman should know, on a given run, what are the parameters for each of these experiences. That's when you are boating in control, and YOU pick, intentionally, from the range of options between the two poles described above. "step up run" is not the place to take passengers, right?
If you want her to boat again, you'll have to rebuild that trust. moderate water on runs you have dialed. if that goes well, a simulated, controlled practice of a flip. then, maybe. Create a good experience. a layover day with some good hiking, make the trip about other things.
bottom line is it should be fun. no one likes to be terrified on the river, and when you are a passenger who can't dictate the outcome, it amplifies that. Terrified and dependent, in the back country: who would ever find that fun? It's ok to do those step up runs, but solo.
There are lots of great rivers out here like the lower main salmon john day rogue hells canyon etc that are more mellow. Heck, the main is really a fun III+ trip at more moderate flows. Learn which runs at which flows you can make that 100% good time happen.
And it doesn't hurt to scout ....