Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River
Im doing Gates of Lodore in late June and I have the over a week off after so looking into rafting trips in Wyoming and Montana for late June/early July and I came across this Upper Middle Flathead trip. I've already searched around for some info but I still have some questions about it that maybe some of you Buzz' guys can help me out with.
So you have to fly in to Schafer Meadows in a little bush plane to start the trip, I found some aviation companies that take groups into the area but my main question is how the hell do I get 4 passengers and my gear into a tiny plane? I have a 14' Rocky Mountain Raft with a double rail raft frame w/ decking and the biggest Yeti cooler that could fit, and 10' oars. The raft by its self is heavy and does not pack down that small, and while my frame can be broken down its still a lot of frame.
Is it possible to pack my set up into a little plane? Or am I better off renting/buying a collapsible frame or set up?
Also, some of the beta says this river is class IV, but this all seems to be very dependent on flow. The river seems to have a huge variance in flow from 1,000-15,000 cfs. Does anyone have more detail as to what level is to low and what level is too high? I'm very comfortable on class III+, I raft different rivers in CO almost weekly but don't know if this river is actually harder than stuff here.
If anyone has other advice on nice Multi-day river trips (either no permit or possible to get a permit trips) in Wyoming/Montana or even Idaho I would be interested. Thanks, Tres