After chopping a trail, we carried all the gear down to the river side. The Sibun was only a few meters across at this point. Barely wide enough to float the kayaks. Our gear included two 13 foot inflatable kayaks, four waterproof back packs, two lightweight tents, and food for ten days. Ed, the chief scientist carried along collecting and preserving equipment while Tony had two hardcases of camera gear.
The kayaks were heavily loaded. But with the small size of the river this far up and what we thought was a low amount of water (it was not flowing very fast), we felt we could control the kayaks and keep our balance. Besides, within a few days, the food packs would shrink and more space would become available.
We started what would be the general pattern of activity during the day. Drag, pool, drag, pool, drag, pool...We would have to drag the kayaks down the majority of the shallow rapids, then paddle a quiet pool for 20 or 30 yards, before stopping and dragging thru the next set of rocks.