Who’s up for a ski-raftineering trip in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in early March? It will be cold, miserable, and dangerous, with rotten snow, Class 4 whitewater, elk, bighorns, wolves, and hot springs. Who’s in?

That’s the email I sent out to a list of adventure buddies from Utah to Alaska who are not only skilled in lightweight winter camping and backcountry skiing, but can run whitewater in five-pound inflatable packrafts. I ended up with only two takers: Mike Copeland, a hardcore winter kayaker from Boise, Idaho, and Moe Witschard, an adventure photographer from Bozeman, Montana.

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