Originally Posted by tanderson
Anybody know a good rating reference?
I've always thought that while the I-VI scale works allright, it does leave a lot of room for interpretation. A kayaker who has thrown himself off of 100 foot waterfalls in the middle of nowhere or paddled into this on purpose...
is going to rate something differently then a novice or someone with more timid tastes. I always thought it could use some more detail too...which is why I was intrigued by "the addison scale"...
Corran is one of the first group of people I described...the Class VI boater who loves to risk death...and his ratings descriptions don't reflect my own or most boaters. This is from a instructional creeking video, so I don't think the video playing while he is talking is necessarily matched to what he is talking about. I do like the separation of difficulty, danger and exposure though. Some rapids can be really easy "run it down the middle and then move right to miss a hole then catch the eddy on the left" but if you mess up and hit that hole and then get washed into another rapid because you didn't catch that eddy on the left it can take the rating up a lot. That rating will change depending on if its a 2 day hike out or roadside too.
I personally watch a lot of videos on Youtube to see what lines people take through rapids. Recently it was the Grand Canyon and I was kinda of flabergasted by how many people prefer to completely skirt the rapids down there. I don't mean take the easier of two fun lines, I mean they go out of their way to bump down the side of the rapid and miss every feature in the rapid. Obviously its not possible for every rapid down there, just as it is with Cataract at high flows.
I went down the Grand for my first time in August and didn't take the meat lines every time and avoided "insta-flip" features, but I was down there to run the rapids as much as anything else and especially towards the end was looking to hit all the big stuff and came out fine. I understand that isn't the reason some people go down there, but I just don't understand the "avoid the big stuff" mentality either.
That said, as for the original posting, I could see myself getting one of those snout rigs eventually. Not the answer or even possibility for every river, but they do look like a hoot. I motored through a few rapids in Deso (I know...not even remotely similar to Cataract at high water) and it was kinda fun to haul ass. I don't, however, want to know what the price tag for one of those rigs is. Between having a primary and backup motor, huge snout tubes, work boxes, a large frame a bunch of dry boxes and all the other stuff that goes into it I bet its a pretty penny. Still cool though...and I'd have loved to one for the CU kayak club trips I did down Cataract a decade ago. Seems like a great small boat support rig....let me know if you ever want to let me come on a grand trip with a 12' raft