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Old 11-16-2018   #1
 
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Input on rowing my Hyside Mini-Max down Gore Canyon

I'm an experience kayaker and rafter...but for the last while I've been sticking to Class IV and lower stuff. I've run Gore in a kayak a bunch of times in my mid to late 20's (I'm in my late 30's now). I still dable in kayaking, but don't really wanna do Class V stuff in a hard shell anymore.

So...I see videos of small creek cats doing Gore fairly regularly and there are a few videos of Mini-Max's R2ing down it...but I've never seen a Mini-Max oar rig go down. Curious what ya'll think about doing it with that setup would be like? I know its not as stable as a Cataraft, but they are surprisingly capable for their size. Anybody heard of someone rowing a Mini raft down it?

I think its passed the time to do it this year...but kinda thinking about it for next season and I'm bored.

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I also have a mini max and have considered this same thing.
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It's my understanding that Gore has not really been run successfully in an oar Raft, only cats. But I may be wrong.
Having a good amount of Gore experience would probably help. Might be good to go R-2 it in your Mini Max first, to refresh your memory, and start to think about how you would run it with oars.
Have fun and be safe if you end up going!
I've gotten cracked in the head to many times, so probably done with gore myself, some how I feel safer in a gear boat with a bunch of hard objects all around me, as if that makes any sense!
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There was a dude who would join the Gore Race for a bunch of years in the early 2000's that would run it in a larger oar rig (13-14' raft). Not sure if he portaged stuff...but I remember watching him run Tunnel but can't seem to find any video proof of it.

I r2ed some stuff this year...and it was fun but I enjoy rowing more. I think I'd pull the creek boat I have that has been collecting dust for a while and use that first over R2ing. Gotta find the right person to R2 with though. The guy I went the most with this year often went rogue and paddled when I was trying to turn and we went places I did not intend. Took another friend who was more inclined to listen to instruction and it went better...but he lives in Florida now and I'm not sure if he would be down for Gore or not anyways.

I think at least the first time down I'd portage Gore Rapid at least. Lots of stuff to get hung up on after the main crux move at the top. The rest seem pretty doable.
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That move above ginger would be the tough one I think.
Ya, might have to knock that guy out of the boat accidentally on purpose, for the remainder of the run!
I hear ya, I grew up a paddle guide, and now it is few and far between when I do any kind of paddling, like my oars to much now a days!
I'll let somebody that actually knows about the question talk now,

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Not the best tool for the job, but if you're game for the challenge it can be done. I have a friend who rowed a 14' Aire round boat down gore a few times. Broke his leg in tunnel last time down. That was scary! Honestly the round boats do great as a paddle raft in gore, not so great oared. I had a mini max for a few seasons and as much as it kicked butt as a paddle raft, it was terrible as a row boat.

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