Originally Posted by Captain Tappan
That was awesome guys!!! Might take me twenty more years to gain the skillz... But i'm definitely adding that river to the bucket list
what kind of gear did y'all end up using for that trip?
The raft was an AIRE 13D which we put through a lot of abuse throughout the trip and it came back without a scratch. There is no other raft I would have taken in besides an AIRE as they take a beating and perform very well which was crucial on that river. We took watershed bags which were crucial as we had a lot very important items, including my blood testing stuff and the spot in case we needed a rescue, and the bags came back looking like new even though we put them through a very large amount of abuse on the hike in and the portages. The paddles were sawyers guide paddles which we definitely needed as many of the slides were low volume so the blades took a lot of abuse trying to keep our angles dragging them on the granite. The trip is truly amazing and definitely worth it but be prepared to run a lot of very hard nearly unrunnable rapids and get mules to hike the gear in as I would not recommend hiking a raft in there as if was miserable to say the least.