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That is awesome, crazy the stuff their sending. That hike looks a lot better without having a hardshell kayak on your back. Not too familiar with all the packrafts but the couple I have seen were soft bottoms. Seems like that could be troublesome on slides, do they offer any protection or can it be a little rough?

Reminds me of when the guys filming for TGR named that slide in Norway “prison love” in Valhalla back in the day for the posterior experience.

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That is awesome, crazy the stuff their sending. That hike looks a lot better without having a hardshell kayak on your back. Not too familiar with all the packrafts but the couple I have seen were soft bottoms. Seems like that could be troublesome on slides, do they offer any protection or can it be a little rough?

These have at least 5" of inflated-to-suit-you seat between you and the rock.
 

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Cool trip report Mike!

Back some years ago I was spending tons of time in Yosemite climbing Big walls & lived there for two years straight. I was on the Search & Rescue team & we had to do a S&R/carry out from up in that drainage. Its so beautiful in there. I remember looking at the slides & drops but but not from a kayaking standpoint. That was long before my kayak career & probably before people were even giving it consideration. The water at that time was actually probably even too low for a good decent.

Anyway...keep up with the trips.
 

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Cool trip report Mike!

Back some years ago I was spending tons of time in Yosemite climbing Big walls & lived there for two years straight. I was on the Search & Rescue team & we had to do a S&R/carry out from up in that drainage. Its so beautiful in there. I remember looking at the slides & drops but but not from a kayaking standpoint. That was long before my kayak career & probably before people were even giving it consideration. The water at that time was actually probably even too low for a good decent.

Anyway...keep up with the trips.

Cool that you got to see it before it became the shitshow that it is today.

I read something yesterday about the first d's on the upper Toulumne -- '83 I think? If it took them that long to run something that good that's roadside they probably weren't looking super hard at hiking the ~15 miles in to do this one just yet.
 
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