I am floating the Kongakut in ANWR next June. Been on lots of float trips, but only one in a raft this past Sept. And it was only a class I river. Very limited time behind the oars. There are a few miles of class III rapids on the Kongakut from what I have read. I was hoping to come into Fairbanks a day or two early if I can find someone to take me and the wife out on a nearby river and teach me the basics of oaring a raft. This would go a long way towards ensuring a safer float trip. Does anyone know of anyone in Fairbanks who would be willing to do this? Not looking for a hand out. I am expecting to pay (reasonable rates) for oaring lessons. Thanks for any suggestions.