With the next few miles the pace was set high. It was going to be a long day even if everything went smoothly. Every step really counts down there. There are miles of complicated Class V rapids dotted with sieves and undercuts. Add in almost a dozen portages and you got yourself a recipe for bad time. Really makes you just think of how important it is to have a solid crew. The Black is a team effort!
Near the end of the portage is a rapid called New generation. With two main drops its cascades down through the rocks nearly 35’. Matt stopped and eyed the line with Nate. They both saw the line but both walked away. It was Matt’s first day in his boat of the season and he decided to play it safe.