downgraded by the familiarity-breeds-contempt crowd. The Nantahala supposedly has only one class 3 rapid, but put a bunch of midwestern open boaters on it who don't know the routes, and have no one to follow, and see what happens.
And some class 3, even class 2, is too technical for tandems loaded with gear. Example: middle Tellico.
The AWA classification system was weak in its inception with regard to classifying those rapids of *most* relevance to the largest number of paddlers, class 2 and class 3.
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