With the Idaho drainage’s 2011 snowpack at 261 percent of average this past June, driving the only access road to the Boundary Creek put-in of the classic, 100-mile Class IV Middle Fork of the Salmon was simply out of the question. So with the help of Middle Fork River Expeditions in Stanley, Idaho, the C&K crew launched an aerial assault on the engorged river, flying in 16 boat testers, eight playboats, six rafts, and one cataraft—all in the back of one ancient four-seater Cessna. It took 10 trips over the mountains, timed in-between brief lulls in a three-day snowstorm. But after an emergency landing involving several members of the C&K staff inadvertently being reported missing to the FAA, the last case of Coors was unloaded and this year’s river-running playboat review trip was back on. Check out photographer Adam Elliott’s Gallery image in the December issue of C&K and stay tuned for the upcoming March issue for the complete river-running playboat review.