Awesome! My husband and I will also be running the Grand Canyon the last 2 weeks of August — we also paddled it in 2004.
My husband paddled his RPM and I paddle an open canoe. We’re on Bob Foote’s trip for open boaters / kayakers.
Paul was very happy with his RPM for it’s speed in the flat water and with the boat’s volume for the sections where there are monster rapids and boils >> but he can give you more details. There are very few play spots — the water is too fast and eddies are not a place you want to be on that river. Volume is your friend!
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