Beware - Seidels Suckhole
For any of you considering a rafting trip, you'd better be experienced and a strong swimmer if your guide plans to take you over Seidel's Suckhole on the Arkansas River, in Brown's Canyon. My wife and I took this yesterday with Blazing Adventures out of Aspen. It was just my wife and myself and the guide. This rapid was the last one at the end of the day, and as we began to approach it, the guide began talking about how it spills everyone over. We had a bad feeling about it, but she tried to tackle it anyway. The rapid ate us up, the raft went airborne and flipped over, and we were all thrown into the river. My wife and the guide found a calmer spot to get to the bank, but I was carried downriver for over a mile, they tell me, through the next set of rapids. I nearly drowned, and my tailbone and shin took quite a few hits from underwater rocks. So - if you're a wild mountain type and you're a strong swimmer, go for it. If you're a tourist out for some scenery and some fun, avoid any trip that includes Seidel's Suckhole. There have been several fatalities here and I was nearly another. The rafting company didn't warn us, at all, that this is a class IV rapid, nor that we would probably spill over, until we approached it, and by then it was too late to decide not to do it.