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by Paddling Regression
Thu May 19, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddle on a plane
Replies: 7
Views: 3836

Re: Paddle on a plane

Breakdowns aka 4 piece = no problem
one piece however don't fair so well. US air and American have broken 4 in the last 10 years. The bright side, they cover the replacement provided you report before leaving the airport. Moral of the story, inspect your gear before leaving baggage claim.
by Paddling Regression
Thu May 19, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: East Side Revolution
Replies: 1
Views: 1097

Re: East Side Revolution

Way to enlighten the East coast! Stoney Creek is a great run indeed, great to hear you had a good run! I would have to disagree on "what AK has to offer" however. Sure, AK may be very well suited to packrafting, but to doesn't have a fraction of the quality whitewater that is available in that part ...
by Paddling Regression
Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Discrimination
Replies: 14
Views: 7213

Re: Packraft Discrimination

So, would the newer boats then be considered 4 chamber? Two in the seat, one on the deck, and the boat itself. Maybe you just need to upgrade to a newer raft or put a new deck on an old raft. The lower yough in PA requires multiple chambers, at least during the permitted time of year. (April 1- Oct ...
by Paddling Regression
Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trip planning with AOOS Real-Time Sensors Map
Replies: 2
Views: 1446

Re: Trip planning with AOOS Real-Time Sensors Map

Nice work! That's a great resource. Thanks for sharing!
by Paddling Regression
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 21906

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Pushy = padding

Get it while it lasts!

Any takers for a Tuesday morning dawn patrol?
by Paddling Regression
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 21906

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Echo Bend has been pretty sweet the last few days. If anyone is looking for a partner, shoot me a message. Solo runs are starting to get a little boring.
PR

On a separate note, anyone else notice the change in the gauge this morning? Looks like it may have been recalibrated???
by Paddling Regression
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Campground Rapids, ER
Replies: 6
Views: 2442

Re: Campground Rapids, ER

Just another heads up that the right side of Campground is now completely blocked by a rather large tree. Without some help I doubt it goes anywhere anytime soon.

Echo bend was blown out and should be clear unless something new floats in. At least it was on Thursday anyway.
by Paddling Regression
Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:44 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Campground Rapids, ER
Replies: 6
Views: 2442

Re: Campground Rapids, ER

Just a heads up for new wood. It's passable if you're on your game, but worth a look if you think you might even remotely blow the line. Blundering into the center could also likely result in a bad day as well. (This is based on flows of 1800-2000cfs or so, it might not even be an issue at lower flo...
by Paddling Regression
Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6239

Re: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

Not to again be the naysayer, but I'd be wondering if this might have a lot to do with being strapped in the boat? Once that evolution began to take place, you could now effectively put all sorts of stress on to your body. Sure you might have more power with straps, but you better also have the tech...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm
Replies: 5
Views: 2687

Re: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm

How old is it and how much do you want for it? REI has them on sale for $194 marked down from $265 retail.
by Paddling Regression
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft component failures???
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

Re: Packraft component failures???

The iron is the trick! I took my deflated raft and seat, draped over a chair I have that has about a golf ball sized, rounded top, on the chair back, and pulled the raft down and secured it with a voile strap, so that the inflation tube was on the top. I then ironed it on a fairly high temperature, ...
by Paddling Regression
Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft component failures???
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

Packraft component failures???

I was just wondering if others have been experiencing failures with the inflation valves/tubes on the skirt pillow or seats? Specifically I am talking about the area at the base of the tubes where they are adhered to the fabric? In the past this has always been a problem anytime a robert's valve has...
by Paddling Regression
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Full neoprene wetsuit
Replies: 2
Views: 1621

Re: Full neoprene wetsuit

A wetsuit would work fine in terms of warmth and is highly functional although something that, in this case might be a little warm depending on the water temperature. You may also find that you can suffer chaffing under your arms from paddling. This is why many people who used wetsuits in the past w...
by Paddling Regression
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh straps
Replies: 12
Views: 4433

Re: Thigh straps

In this situation, done correctly, exiting the thigh straps should take no more effort than pushing out and straightening your legs so as to pull your knees out of either a fabric pocket or a strap which is likely the simplest. In a packraft, at least IMO, they seem like more than is necessary even ...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners
Replies: 14
Views: 4111

Re: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners

I think I can follow that logic. To me, coming from a kayaking back ground, it doesn't get much easier (while still being fun)than big water class 2-3. The water typically pads everything out and what maneuvering is required has more than enough wiggle room for a 16' Avon. On top of that, a swim is ...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners
Replies: 14
Views: 4111

Re: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners

You'll discover that small creek Class III is easier for beginners than big water Class II. Similarly congested Class IV can be easier for intermediates than big tongue Class III. This I find a bit perplexing. Maybe it's the "easier" part I need to wrap my mind around. Any chance you would care to ...
by Paddling Regression
Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lion's Head, Matanuska River
Replies: 11
Views: 7179

Re: Lion's Head, Matanuska River

Hey Matt,
This is the one you need for LH

http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrogr ... ,1,1,1,1,1

Currently it's 2.73 ft. or 1,320 cfs. By most standards this is considered the low side of low, but packrafters seem to rate everything differently. :roll:
by Paddling Regression
Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Peters Creek Canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 4193

Re: Peters Creek Canyon

None of us hit our butts (like we did when we're learning to boat) -- 'cause we used the "butt-boat boof" to protect the bones on our butt. I guess you gotta speak the lingo to follow on this one, but what the hell is a "butt-boat boof"? I don't think it matters what you're in or what you do, you g...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Peters Creek Canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 4193

Re: Peters Creek Canyon

Way to hold it together on the Big Dog! That could have been a rough little swim! Where did you guys put in? Based on the video it looks like you really only ran one of the bigger drops "Big Dog" and a little filler above it. There is some better stuff up above, but once you reach the bottom of big ...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 5485

Re: Willow Creek

Just an FYI for those paddling Willow Creek. If you use the Red Gate Put-in/Take-out CLOSE THE GATE!!! Even it it's open be sure to close it and wrap the chain so it looks locked. Also, when you leave and your buddy is closing the gate, pull up closer to the road so as not to spin out and create eve...
by Paddling Regression
Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: DON'T paddle Ship Creek...yet!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Re: DON'T paddle Ship Creek...yet!!!!

Sounds as if you may have gotten yourself in deep on this one! They've already got plenty of video of all of packrafting's local suspect's. If they wanted, I bet they could press charges against all on tape just to prove a point. Roman's gotta have a few various citations simply based on one video a...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How wide can a person be
Replies: 7
Views: 1982

Re: How wide can a person be

It's an inflatable boat and will certainly give enough to accommodate your stockiness if you call a 32 waist stocky. :roll: Length is the bigger issue to consider and you would be better suited with the Alpaca over a yak for sure. I had originally ordered a llama, and while it worked, it was not a t...
by Paddling Regression
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:22 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Packrafting in Utah?
Replies: 29
Views: 12555

Re: Packrafting in Utah?

Alpaca Packrafts = the dynafit of the paddling world

I'm sure you'll be able to find many places to use a packraft throughout Utah. If those are not to your liking, you'll just have to visit other places so as to put it to use. ;)
by Paddling Regression
Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 31862

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

I can understand not having a correlation based on surrounding creeks, but there has to be some correlation with the main. What was the eagle river gauge reading the last few times you paddled the south fork? That might get us started in figuring something out. If you don't know the flow, how about ...
by Paddling Regression
Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 31862

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Anyone know what kind of minimum flow to look for on the main Eagle River gauge to get an idea of the South Fork? I know Ship has been mentioned, but that correlation doesn't always hold true.
by Paddling Regression
Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 20825

Re: Packs for Packrafting

I've found the Watershed Animus to be fairly good for packrafting. While originally purchased as a canyoneering bag I find it works well for kayaking and packrafting. Very durable, always dry. It lacks a bit on outside attachment points, but a few minor additions can solve that problem. http://www.d...
by Paddling Regression
Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Guidebook
Replies: 5
Views: 2728

Re: Packrafting Guidebook

Not to be the bad guy, but doesn't that really take away from the whole point? Sure I guess some people are lazy and don't want to go through figuring out all the logistics and would buy a guidebook. Myself and I'm sure many others would rather figure it out on our own. This is especially true regar...
by Paddling Regression
Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Peters Creek....has anyone been?
Replies: 2
Views: 1221

Re: Peters Creek....has anyone been?

In a kayak quite a few times. There is some wood here and there, that while in play, can be negotiated in a kayak. Not sure that would be the case in a packraft. I'd attempt to give a play by play, but you'd have to know the run fairly well. Also, be aware and respectful of any private property sign...
by Paddling Regression
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 3989

Re: Dry Suits

Having had numerous dry suits, dry tops, dry pants/bibs over the years, my only recommendation is Kokatat. There is simply not a better product on the market and kokatat customer service is one of the best in the business. I've had them all from Stolquist, Palm, Nookie, Bomber Gear, NRS, and Patagon...
by Paddling Regression
Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Idaho
Topic: Lochsa River 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2264

Re: Lochsa River 2009

"What the hell is that?"

Classic!!! :D
by Paddling Regression
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Recognizing 'Echo Bend'
Replies: 2
Views: 1207

Re: Recognizing 'Echo Bend'

Echo bend is just west of Dew Mound or down river of Dishwater creek ~2 miles DS of Icicle Creek. The river is flowing roughly due west and then turns north at Echo bend and then shortly afterwards does a quick 180 (from west to east) before flowing north again. You could actually go further (throug...
by Paddling Regression
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

Re: Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?

I know it's been packrafted as a means of getting off the Trail Glacier. How much of it needed to be portaged I'm not sure. I could likely find out if no one else chimes in.
by Paddling Regression
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: An Act of Stupidity So Profound....
Replies: 1
Views: 1220

Re: An Act of Stupidity So Profound....

You're not the first to let go of the end of the rope. :oops: It happens. I bet it'll be awhile before you do it again. ;)

Glad to hear it worked out and you got most of your gear back.

Eagle has been busy with packrafters lately. Saw a few others up near the nature center around 8.
by Paddling Regression
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 26137

Re: DIY raft

Just think of all the brain cells you offed huffing that much aquaseal. :shock: Can you say gene mutation?

Oh, and acetone will clean your brushes.
by Paddling Regression
Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Headwinds
Replies: 5
Views: 2118

Re: Headwinds

One thing to remember is that by inflating by mouth to top off the raft will introduce enough moisture on it's own to lead to the growth of mold and bacteria. Therma rest had this problem in the beginning and it leads to little star shaped crustys/casts/dried out mold growth that can perforate the m...
by Paddling Regression
Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: neoprene or not
Replies: 8
Views: 4205

Re: neoprene or not

Fair enough. As with anything on the internet, take it with a grain of salt. That said, I can further my experience with saying I've tried that. Cutting that is with a kokatat gasket. After cutting it was still snug, but tolerable. 2 months later I had to replace it as it had stretched enough to all...
by Paddling Regression
Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: neoprene or not
Replies: 8
Views: 4205

Re: neoprene or not

As an aside you will permanently damage a latex gasket by trying to stretch it out. If it is too tight, then trim the gasket length slightly to fiacilitate a more comfortable fit. I'll call bs on that one. ;) Stretch that sucker over a traffic cone, basketball, pasta pot, whatever, just be careful ...
by Paddling Regression
Thu May 28, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River
Replies: 13
Views: 8577

Re: Eagle River: new lessons from an old friend

-I don't know enough river science to explain why this 3.4 was different than another day's 3.4, but I do now know to treat the gauge reading as only one part of the scouting report. One of two possibilities. The first being time of day. Generally morning is low/evening is high. However, this effec...