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by nathanm
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spare dump valve - confirming 3/4" pvc pipe plug?
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

Spare dump valve - confirming 3/4" pvc pipe plug?

On my last trip I managed to lose the dump valve cap. I used Roman's sandwich bag/inflation bag solution[1] without incident, but now I'm looking for a more permanent replacement. I've read that standard 3/4 threaded plugs will work,[2] so I'd just like to confirm that folks are talking about someth...
by nathanm
Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caching packrafts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1863

Re: Caching packrafts?

Thanks for the advice. I'll modify our itinerary to cache someplace where trees are available for a hang. Can anyone confirm that there are trees sufficient to hang a two-alpacka cache near Circle Lake on the Alatna? Photos of the area suggest yes.
by nathanm
Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caching packrafts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1863

Caching packrafts?

I'm planning an August Brooks Range trip, and am thinking I'll want to cache boats for a couple of days of side-trip hiking. I found this old thread inquiring about hard-sided cases for a cache, http://packrafting.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1017, but I haven't seen anything since then. How have ...
by nathanm
Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Anaktuvuk to Circle Lake: Gates of the Arctic NP
Replies: 2
Views: 3295

Re: Anaktuvuk to Circle Lake: Gates of the Arctic NP

My girlfriend and I are looking at doing this trip this August, but the biggest question we have is whether to do this as a pair of timid class-III boaters (having regular class III experience in frontcountry but, 8 months out, being nervous about committing to it in wilderness). I've read the two p...
by nathanm
Sun May 15, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Straps
Replies: 3
Views: 2543

Straps

I'm looking for recommendations for straps to use to anchor my pack and/or bike to my deck. Until, I've had these great narrow (maybe 1/2"?) webbing straps with small metal-toothed ladderlocks that I scavenged from a 1960's era kelty pack I inherited. I've managed to lose the last of them, and in th...
by nathanm
Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Anchors
Replies: 1
Views: 2084

Anchors

I'm heading out for a central american beach trip soon, and I'm thinking of taking my packraft along, primarily to play with while snorkeling. I've got some open water experience, but I've never tried to anchor a packraft before. Has anybody tried this? At this point, I can't imagine that there'll b...
by nathanm
Tue May 11, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: PFDs available from REI
Replies: 7
Views: 10768

Re: PFDs available from REI

I tried out the MTI Journey (the cheap PFD Roman links to above). The back gets pushed way up with the spray skirt (at least 8"), and it makes it hard to keep the spray skirt up. I'm not sure how much this is inevitable with any PFD, and how much it could be corrected with better technique as to how...
by nathanm
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:18 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: PFDs available from REI
Replies: 7
Views: 10768

PFDs available from REI

I'm looking for recommendations for a foam (i.e., non-inflatable) pfd that (1) doesn't interfere with a spray skirt, (2) is light (don't need any bells or whistles), and (3) is available at REI, for use of dividend/20% credit.

Thanks!
by nathanm
Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Guidebook
Replies: 5
Views: 2811

Re: Packrafting Guidebook

While there are several river guides available for Alaska and elsewhere, a guidebook that mixes boating and hiking is rare (there's a Fairbanks book by Kyle Joly, Outside in the Interior, that mentions a couple packrafting trips), However, I have been collecting material for one. An example of cont...