Thanks for all of the input folks! This is an impressive forum.
@DoStep - to answer your questions:
2014 Rocky Mountain Rafts Storm 10.5' with 2 thwarts (you might have seen the grey one in the classifieds on here... that's what I got!)
Type of Rivers:
# of Passengers:
3 (4 max)
Day Trips vs. Overnights
- Mainly day trips... down the road I will probably do some overnights.
How big of a rookie are you?
- I've been on 5 commercial trips. I have been on 3 private trips with friends (who were the guides on the commercial trips). Unfortunately for me, those guide friends are up in Missoula now. I have outdoor experience running outdoor trips for Regis University. I have my WFA and Avy 1 which, if I learned nothing else is that for rafting I am the quintessential person that knows enough to be dangerous. I understand I have a ton to learn and part of the reason why I am okay asking seemingly obvious questions like this
As of now I like the theory about having a paddle semi-secure, but with easier access makes more sense to me. I can see how having a paddle under 2 thwarts can be an issue if you are struggling to get it out in a panic.
I am thinking that this Sunday I will head up to the Upper C with a friend and practice. I went to DRE last Saturday and Matt at the shop suggested it saying that it was "Colorado's training ground."
All of these issues should go away in the near future because I do want to get a frame. I just have to save up the $$$$ for that.
Thanks again everyone!