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?
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.