There was a thread recently about the level still being too early since the gauge is reading the total flow rather than there being irragation having reduced the flow into the guage. Anyway, once the draw starts and the flow is actually more above the irragation, a 3.0 level on the guage might be a good level for you. Be realistic about your ability at any level, though. It progresses at a nice pace, getting more difficult every step along the way, and does allow you to build some confidence. However, it does get very demanding and has serious consequences. It is not a place to spend much time upside down or to take a swim. I have seen one person fortunately survive a bad swim at 3'8", but his boat was twisted into a pretzel. Make sure you are a strong class V boater. I would not want to deal with an injured person in that canyon. As far as this weekend goes, you might think of hitting the UTB instead. It is at a very nice level.