Cool raft stuff: cataraft wheelie
gspd759 posted a link on another thread...which led to this one.
Entertaining, but not for us river camping types...or hunters!
I've seen that one a few times, but it sure is fun to watch. I watched a friend almost do this on the Nenana once, but after it hung for a moment, it then proceeded to flip all the way over. I think that was actually more fun to watch, and over a decade later it is still etched into my mind. Thanks for the reminder.
It is because of flips, and near flips, just like this this that causes me to load my raft front heavy if there the possibility of big water. If the major obstacle is more likely to be shallow water (typical scenario in Alaska), loading the boat stern heavy probably makes more sense. But big waves and holes are often run best with more weight in the bow.
The video in question shows Crystal Rapid, which is arguably the biggest single hole/wave on the Colorado. Once I took a look at it in person, I chickened out and ran the boat down the right side. My hat's off to anyone willing to run the middle of this one. It's a doosey.