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Lowering A Raft into canyon

One of my local runs has a 200m decent into a canyon that the raft needs to be lowered into to touch the river. Its commercially guided any they use a pulley system to lower their rafts down. They dont allow for public use of this pulley raft contraption.

Im looking for ideas besides carrying the 16ft heavy ass raft down. Someone once mentioned a carpet trick? what is this?

Any ideas on how i could get the raft down?
Ive kayaked this river numerous times its gonna be a sweet raft run.

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Where is this put in?
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I've used pack animals to get rafts into some pretty remote locations, but obviously it requires access to pack animals. Maybe check with a horse outfitter or a local horse packing club.

200 meters is a lot of rope to handle.



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One of my local runs has a 200m decent into a canyon that the raft needs to be lowered into to touch the river. Its commercially guided any they use a pulley system to lower their rafts down. They dont allow for public use of this pulley raft contraption.

Im looking for ideas besides carrying the 16ft heavy ass raft down. Someone once mentioned a carpet trick? what is this?

Any ideas on how i could get the raft down?
Ive kayaked this river numerous times its gonna be a sweet raft run.
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Where is this put in?
Its the Elk river in BC, Raft Run, Lower section in Elko, BC.
I have all the climbing hardware and rope. I just need to figure out how to lower it down without beating up my raft.

I might just ask the raft guides really nicely and offer them some beer or scotch.
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I had a similar scenario. The put in is about a 50 percent grade and its 1,500 feet long. I just had one person on each end with a rope attached to the raft and lowered it that way. This was also 1,500 feet of rocks and dirt.. Just make sure it's fully inflated you slide it down.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...C&&FORM=VRDGAR
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I had a similar scenario. The put in is about a 50 percent grade and its 1,500 feet long. I just had one person on each end with a rope attached to the raft and lowered it that way. This was also 1,500 feet of rocks and dirt.. Just make sure it's fully inflated you slide it down.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...C&&FORM=VRDGAR


That video is super helpful in allowing me to visualize that it can be done...
but the Damage.. Wouldn't dragging the boat put a hole or tear up the raft? my RMR is only in its second season..hmmm, maybe that's where a carpet comes in
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I dragged my Sotar down it on it's second season.. These boats are a lot stronger then you would imagine. This is the actual put in that I did. I talked to one of the local outfitters because I was concerned. He told me to pump it up to the max PSI and guide it down with a rope. I thought of a carpet or a thick canvas, but in the end I figured it would be a lot more of a hassle since a carpet would cause a lot of friction.

He said they have done hundreds of these put ins and haven't had a problem. There always a risk..

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Just curious how is your put in compared to these two ?
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Get a canvas tarp like one of these and wrap it around the boat before starting the descent. Much cheaper than boat repair! Easier to deal with than carpet.

https://www.tarpsplus.com/heavy-duty-canvas-tarps.html
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Just curious how is your put in compared to these two ?
actually, my approach looks very similar to that of the "teton slide" video.
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