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Old 09-19-2014   #981
 
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CRG...Are you free to share what the total trip cost you, how many people/planes to fly in, any logistical issues, limitaions on gear, etc? This would be a good piece of information for anyone planning a future trip like this since it is so up-to-date.

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Sent you a PM with the particulars. In a nutshell....we flew with MF Aviation out of Challis. We used to use Salmon Air out of Salmon with the twin engine Islanders, but they don't do backcountry flights anymore. Three rafts, one cataraft, two duckies, frames, oars, dry boxes & coolers, gear, 6 humans and 1 river dog = 5 plane loads. $400 per plane I think. They can get frames and 10 foot oars in the Cessna 206 planes. Shuttle the trucks & trailers from Challis to Cache Bar. We always drive up on Thursday and spend the night in a motel. Fly in to Indian Creek Friday morning. Put boats together & slide them down the ramp. Launch on Saturday. Takeout the following Saturday. 8 days with 2 layovers. Not a super cheap trip with the airplanes, but not bad.

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Old 09-19-2014   #982
 
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Sotar 14SL on the Middle Fork. Sept. 6-13. Indian Creek to Cache bar. 1.77 feet. Sunny skies, no rain, a little wind, cool but not cold. Two layover days. Hiking, fishing, napping, reading, playing cards, tall tales & bull shit, dutch oven food. No injuries, mishaps, busted gear, or bad "stuck on a rock" episodes. Great flight in with Middle Fork Aviation. All around awesome trip.
I'm curious how your boat did with the boney conditions. How did the bottom of the Sotar look at the end of the trip? We ran the whole thing last year in a 14' Avon at about 2.0 and it really wasn't too bad. A bit boney for the first day or two, but nothing terrible. I've not run the MF under that. This year I got a new 13'6" SL. Do you think, in your opinion, the smaller size would make much of a difference in those conditions?
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I'm curious how your boat did with the boney conditions. How did the bottom of the Sotar look at the end of the trip? We ran the whole thing last year in a 14' Avon at about 2.0 and it really wasn't too bad. A bit boney for the first day or two, but nothing terrible. I've not run the MF under that. This year I got a new 13'6" SL. Do you think, in your opinion, the smaller size would make much of a difference in those conditions?
The bottom looks fine. I'm really pleased with the SL design. It felt just as nimble as my 14 ft. cataraft, and I got stuck on rocks a lot less. Running with slightly soft tubes helps a ton on low water MF trips. I was very worried that the raft wouldn't be as responsive in technical water as my cat, and was super happy with the way it handled. After one season, I'm glad I switched to the raft, and very happy with the SL.

You'll be having a blast with the 13'6" SL.
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I was very worried that the raft wouldn't be as responsive in technical water as my cat, and was super happy with the way it handled.
You need to be carrying more gear then!

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Old 09-20-2014   #985
 
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You need to be carrying more gear then!

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Shut your mouth!!!! My biggest fear was...."if you build it, they will come.....and load extra people & crap on your raft."

My goal was to carry the same gear as I've always carried on my 14 ft. cat without a loss of handling. I accomplished that goal very nicely. I suppose I could carry a passenger from time to time, but I seldom need to. I carry my fair share of group food & group gear, so I'm definitely not slacking.

Same gear + twice the carry capacity + great handling = very happy me

PS - I did add 52 lb. of batteries to power my cpap on this trip. Does that count?
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[QUOTE=cataraftgirl;377658]Shut your mouth!!!! My biggest fear was...."if you build it, they will come.....and load extra people & crap on your raft."

Soooo true!!
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More prone to flip in heavy waves, though?..... Lightly loaded has its downside.

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More prone to flip in heavy waves, though?..... Lightly loaded has its downside.

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I don't consider my boat lightly loaded. Just not overloaded. Nice to carry the same amount of group and personal gear as I've carried for years on my cat without sacrificing good handling. I have now taken on the duty of "groover boat" though.....yipeeeee!
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