My story is Not as epic, but equally painful.
I was doing day trips on the Carbarton Section of the Payette over a holiday weekend. Good times were being had. On the second night everybody was really hitting the drink hard. I knew that this group was going to have a rough morning. I finally made it to sleep at midnight while they continued to party. I think they were up till 2:30-ish.
The next morning, I discovered that the other rowers in the group were too hung over and didn't want to boat. In fact, I was told that they couldn't row. I was only able to comfortably take four people on my cataraft. I wished everybody a good recovery and went boating, which was the whole damn reason we were there!
After our run, we were greeted by a very angry hung over group that said that we were selfish to leave them and go boating. I really couldn't understand how I was going to fit 10 people on my little cat. Also, I warned the rowers of the group the night before about getting too hammered and not being able to run the next day. Nobody was mad when we left. Perhaps they were still drunk and didn't realize.
After about an hour of very heated and nearly violent arguing, we had to leave our gear with somebody in the group. Unfortunately we did not drive on this trip. We thumbed a ride to Meridian. After a hotel of two days, shopping for clothes at Walmart, and renting a car, we made it back to SLC.
We still remain the blame for not waiting for hung over people to recover. Interestingly, before we left the morning to run the river I announced to all that I was leaving for a run. I took even took a few passengers from the other rowers boat. I did not receive any communication that what I was doing was bad. In fact, I planned on running a second time that day, therefore I could have taken other people that didn't go on the first run.
We didn't leave too early, I think it was around 10:00 am.
Since this trip, we always drive. Also, I only boat with people that can handle their liquor. I don't care if you drink all night, just be sure you can get up and pull on those oars! I've thrown up between rapids, but still got the job done. In fact, if you plan on drinking a lot on an upcoming river trip, may I suggest getting your tolerance up weeks before the trip. Its not that hard and it can be fun.