I would have to disagree. I find basic information about what to expect on a particular river, what conditions are like at various flows, where the major rapids are located - how to run them, where to scout them - to be essential confidence-boosting information, especially as a relative newcomer to the world of packrafting. Guidebooks to hiking trips alone are pretty well superfluous compared to the potentially life-saving info a good river guide can provide, even summarily. A guide to round-trip packrafting destinations, as a concept, would offer the prospect of getting more out of the sport with less off-putting speculation.
That said, I would imagine such a guidebook, through the unavoidable need to be really selective editorially, and the author’s more elite focus, might read more like a coffee table book for the majority of us. Lots of intimate photographs, we hope! And perhaps a few sub-PR4 trips thrown in for good measure?
In the future, perhaps a series of regional packrafting-hiking guidebooks, co-authored, could be less abashed about including easier trips in sub-wilderness environments, with an eye toward greater popular recruitment into the sport.