Forward motion, headfirst & horizontal to gravity!
Awesome about the 2 women riverboarding the Grand Canyon! Thanks Kevin I'll look into this Amazon thing. I think for the technical stuff around here some type of drybag/backpack combo is going to end up being the way. Imlay Canyoneering makes some nice ones. I wanted one for canyoneering, but with 2 reasons maybe I'll actually get one.
The NPS has banned riverboards in the GC the last time I checked...the women who ran it did so either before the ban or in spite of it. I remember reading the article -- I think they did it in pretty good time too, like 6 days.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a pretty hardcore run. I know a couple of people that have done it and from what I understand it is no joke, with rapids containing death traps and a mandatory portage through a poison oak hellhole. I was told to bring disposable hospital scrubs just for the portage. If you go, make sure you go with people that know what they are doing and where they are going.
If you have money to burn, watershed makes a waterproof backpack that would probably hold all of the gear you would need for an overnighter:
The one thing I would worry about is being top-heavy or not having enough pfd floatation if you come off your board. I think you would need to practice on easier runs with a full pack and make sure that your pfd can float you without the board.
they had to lobby for 2 years to get a special exemption to the no riverboard rule.
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I've done one multi-day on a riverboard, and one in an IK. I don't have a problem "passing off" my gear. Rafters and well-rigged catarafters are your friends. Most river trip permits require that you carry a toilet and your waste. Would you want that next to your sleeping bag in your backpack? Just sayin'.