Good to hear that you had a great trip, PaddlePower. Friendly Big Water it is, at least for me, but then again, I am used to run the Ottawa in the Spring. Someone who's more used to low volume creeking might see this differently.
Hermit is the only rapid so far where I got a 14fter just about completely airborn off a wave
As far as SirAdam's idea of having a group boat down there, great Idea, however choosing an 'ideal' boat is probably challenging. Some folks prefer 14ft-ers, others have ran it and had fun in Spanish Flies. Personally, I thing something in the 11 to 12 ft range would be great. I don't care much for pumps myself, less of a headache on a 16 + day trip. Sometyhing light and fast, that can catch and surf all those big green waves out there. Composite would be fine, unlikely to hit any rocks there. Ocoee, Outrage, Spark, Sacho, Rage, Inferno, Viper are boats that come to mind. An old high volume Slalom C1 would be really fun there as well. Strech the legs out on the gear raft
. As far as where to store the boat, maybe an arrangement could be made with a local outfitter who would become 'c-boats preferred', as most trips run raft support anyway.
rab, as far as outfitters are concerned, I have been on the canyon 3 times so far (going again in July for my first summer trip) and we have always gone and are going again with Moenkopi. They are friendly, reliable, have competitive prices and awesome gear.
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