Glad you enjoyed the pics.
1. The trip starts out at the end of the road at Grandjean, Idaho on the SF of the Payette, and goes upstream into the Sawtooth Wilderness.
2. Two-and-a-half part answer. I didn't stop for photography on the deeper parts, but yes it is mostly pretty shallow by late summer. Not as shallow as it looks though, because the water is very clear.
3. Wolves? Yep.
4. There are some bigger rapids than shown in the photos, but the helmet is mostly a consolation to safety when poling alone. A potential fall in the rocks from standing is a consideration, as is the very real possibility of smacking myself in the head with a stuck pole (BTDT). Momma don't want me gettin' cold-cocked without any witnesses.
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