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by raven
Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Inflation issues?
Replies: 8
Views: 1518

Re: Inflation issues?

From the Alpacka FAQ:
https://youtu.be/duIIaaKo9n8

Practice
by raven
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: Need two packrafts: budget $900
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Need two packrafts: budget $900

Natalie, for your program a Klymit raft, the "Light Water Dinghy" seems an obvious choice. 35 ounces; very inexpensive; available on Ebay as I write this (I searched for "Klymit dinghy") for $126 new. Klymit might offer your program a deal if you need a few. Probably wet for class two water, but so ...
by raven
Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packrafting in wilderness Sweden
Replies: 2
Views: 5055

Re: Packrafting in wilderness Sweden

Lovely trip and report. I do wish you had put in more detail on the route to the put-in. I tried to find a likely location on online maps, so I could follow along, but failed.
by raven
Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Make your own drysuit
Replies: 3
Views: 4650

Re: Make your own drysuit

Cuben Fiber materials are not very abrasion resistant and tend to get pinholes from flexing. Most of the CF laminates do not breathe, so you would be soaked by your own sweat. Hard to beat the prices at Mythic if your time is worth anything: http://www.mythicdrysuits.com (I've never seen a Mythic su...
by raven
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart of Alaska - film
Replies: 2
Views: 2035

Re: Heart of Alaska - film

I don't think it's been released yet. The film's page is
http://www.groundtruthtrekking.org/movi ... of-alaska/

You can contact Hig and Erin directly from there for up-to-date information.
by raven
Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Seawater: wash or not?
Replies: 4
Views: 3054

Re: Seawater: wash or not?

How does salt manage that? Most claims are that polyurethane is quite inert. Is there another stressor or combination active along with the salt, such as temperature or uv or humidity? And what are the symptoms from salt degradation -- how can we inspect the PU for damage?
by raven
Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Double Duck v. Explorer 42
Replies: 3
Views: 2930

Re: Double Duck v. Explorer 42

Dave, I cannot offer advice. But I think Alpacka could be more forthcoming with their designs by offering comparisons. Similar loads, maneuverability and speed comparisons, for examples. But instead, the reported weights have to be treated with skepticism because here they mention seats and weights ...
by raven
Wed May 21, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: How to do the research?
Replies: 5
Views: 1281

Re: How to do the research?

I suggest you learn to use topo maps. The web makes it a joy to relate what you see on the ground to topo maps, so you can extrapolate the other way later. For example open a map to a location you are curious about. Zoom in and pick high quality topo, as I have for the middle White Salmon River in W...
by raven
Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Early History of Small Inflatable Rafts (with references)
Replies: 11
Views: 9533

Re: Early History of Small Inflatable Rafts (with reference

Pvdman, thanks for the history. This thread has greatly improved my knowledge of the flexible beasties. I was thinking about the smaller boats, portability and exploration with down river travel being a short piece of the whole. And particularly, the lack of knowledge until very recently that rafts ...
by raven
Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Early History of Small Inflatable Rafts (with references)
Replies: 11
Views: 9533

Re: Early History of Small Inflatable Rafts (with reference

Thanks. Interesting how inflatables fell out of and came back into use by travelers/explorers. I surmise that the cost and time requirements of travel, combined with the weight of the gear. meant few users initially. Almost none in the western US, where they would have had the best market had they b...
by raven
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)
Replies: 4
Views: 2215

Re: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)

I guess Kirk is trying to say that the helmet would lose its temper the first time you forgot to add enough water -- that you need a titanium helmet shaped like a kayak helmet. With a suitable foam core, of course.
by raven
Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Borneo: packrafting in Kalimantan
Replies: 6
Views: 5326

Re: Borneo: packrafting in Kalimantan

The video is blocked from playing in the US due, apparently, to restrictions on the sound track. Please post a music-less video so I (and Alaskans) can share your wonderful-sounding experience.
by raven
Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: lashing packrafts together for running bigwater?
Replies: 2
Views: 2847

Re: lashing packrafts together for running bigwater?

An alternative to sticks would be pairs of mating lash points on the outside of the tubes of the rafts. For example on rafts to be used side by side. On the left side of one raft fore and aft there would be high and low strap plates matching right side high and low strap plates on the other raft. ti...
by raven
Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: ultralight folding ascent skis for packrafting?
Replies: 5
Views: 1855

Re: ultralight folding ascent skis for packrafting?

Would indeed be amazing. The article says 3 pounds per ski, not 24 ounces per pair.
by raven
Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hiking/bicycle trailer for packrafting.
Replies: 1
Views: 1010

Re: Hiking/bicycle trailer for packrafting.

Many years ago I was following a really weird ski track in the Oregon Cascades when I caught the guy leaving it. He had a pole pack product he was developing that was designed to be pushed, not pulled, when walking. Pushing seems likely to me to be easier on the body than pulling with the hands. Che...
by raven
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Stalls, ferry, flips & tricks (2 in one boat)
Replies: 3
Views: 3737

Re: Stalls, ferry, flips & tricks (2 in one boat)

Pretty stiff boat. How much air pressure was in the boat's tube or tubes? Is the overall diameter more than 12 inches??
by raven
Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New For 2012 from Alpacka
Replies: 7
Views: 6696

Re: New For 2012 from Alpacka

The boats have been gaining weight for a while. Anything planned to bring the weight down for those of us intending to do more walking than floating? Perhaps something as simple as a lighter fabric as an option?
by raven
Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 4819

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Andrew, a very interesting post. Thank you. As reported earlier in this thread, I tested an A20 suit -- apparently the most porous fabric KC uses, demonstrating a degree of waterproofness that seems adequate for packrafting. I don't know if A20 would be adequately waterproof for squirming while sitt...
by raven
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 4819

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Mitch, I disagree with you. The Tyvek was hot and very sweaty, the Kimberly-Clark was much more comfortable. The Tyvek might function as a vb, but you are wrong about the water-resistance/sweaty trade-off. The K-C would fail as a vapor barrier -- it both breathes well and is amazingly water-resistant.
by raven
Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 4819

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Thinking muskratsteve had a neat idea, I swung by my local safety supply store. I wilted in the Tyvek suit -- too sweaty to imagine working hard while wearing it. I asked the sales staff about alternatives with attached boots that might not be in the show room. They brought me a Kimberly-Clark dust ...
by raven
Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spammers
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: Spammers

Today a series of spam posts was a forceful reminder of the need for a button that will send a less-than 24 hour old post into a purgatory awaiting moderator approval. I had to check everyone of the spam posts, in case there was another new post in one of the forums. There was one. No purgatory for ...
by raven
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spammers
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: Spammers

Careful McNik, there's a clear pattern here. Your posts have disappeared, but not the spammers'. Makes me fear agreeing with you too strongly.
by raven
Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh strap installation failures
Replies: 5
Views: 2580

Re: Thigh strap installation failures

I've been wondering about possible causes for the gluing failures. Did you check the condition of the Stabond and hardener? A bad manufacturing batch or storage conditions or age could be factors. So could be a difference in the materials used in the boat and the patch. NRS sells d-ring patches in u...
by raven
Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:52 am
Forum: Northern
Topic: BROOKS: Junjik to Chandalar
Replies: 3
Views: 2860

Re: BROOKS: Junjik to Chandalar

I haven't been by the Junjik, but I have been nearby. You will probably have plenty of water for a packraft. I can only provide my thinking about what I would plan given the map and some time walking in the area. About 2/3 of the straight line distance (measured along the rivers) to Arctic Village y...
by raven
Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sold: blue 2009 Alpaca w/spray skirt
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

Re: FS: blue 2009 Alpaca w/spray skirt

Sorry about the delay on the pics. The remaining clay was hard to see yesterday on the wet boat; the lighting was getting low for good pictures, etc. Today the clay was further reduced but, since it seems to act almost like paint, there are places that remain tell-tale colored. Doesn't show much in ...
by raven
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sold: blue 2009 Alpaca w/spray skirt
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

Sold: blue 2009 Alpaca w/spray skirt

The 2009 model has a bigger butt than the early boats and the modern spray skirt design, but the spray skirt rolls up rather than zip off as with the 2010 models. This boat has been used gently. I found no marks, scratches or other flaws the last time I checked, and there have been no incidents sinc...
by raven
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?
Replies: 4
Views: 3026

Re: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?

Sure wish Alpacka would provide an answer -- I have some mods to test and then remove. The website provides a few hints. The warning comment on duct tape not adhering well enough to use on rafts returned for mods seems to rule that tape out. Is gaffer tape waterproof enough for use? -- my biggest co...
by raven
Wed May 11, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpaca sighting on Ebay!
Replies: 0
Views: 881

Alpaca sighting on Ebay!

A well-treated boat:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... K:MEWAX:IT

Auction ending May 15. I have no relationship to the seller.

Well-written description, detailing the boat's history and also comparing the Alpaca with a newer Scout in use.
by raven
Sun May 01, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 38992

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

Roman, nice seal launch in the video. How did you finish inflating the boat -- by mouth or with a bicycle pump or ...?
by raven
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 8
Views: 4478

Re: Helmets?

Time to bring my earlier post up to date, in which I reported that the only helmet meeting European standards for white water, bicycling and climbing was the Kong Scarab. The new version of the Petzl Meteor III, the III+, reportedly is now similarly certified for use in those sports. The original Me...
by raven
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Canada
Topic: Packrafting in Willmore Wilderness, BC
Replies: 2
Views: 3211

Re: Packrafting in Willmore Wilderness, BC

Peter,

The valleys do look inviting for packrafting on my map; what specifically makes them unsuitable in your view?

On a different matter, I couldn't find the "Morkil Pass" you mention on my map. Where is it? What creeks or rivers is it between?

Steve
by raven
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Naming A Packraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 1464

Re: Naming A Packraft?

There are precedents. Erin and Hig paraded the Tooth and Claw at presentations after their Seattle -- Aleutians jaunt: http://www.alpackaraft.com/layouts/alpackaraft/files/gallery/images_main/28_alpackaraft-395.jpg You can either wait until after your craft earns a meaningful name or act before an i...
by raven
Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Seal Sealing
Replies: 5
Views: 2471

Re: Seal Sealing

Hig, I think Velodirt is talking about a seam on the Darth Vader bubble of the spray skirt. Velodirt, I suspect the factory ought to know about the problem. They'll take care of you. If quality control screwed up that badly, the problem may not be limited to your boat. More likely there is something...
by raven
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 8
Views: 4478

Re: Helmets?

After Scott wrote about his concussion incident, I looked into multi-sport helmets that would cover bikerafting, possibly with some rockfall-risking activities added. Each activity poses a different problem in design, with safety standards setting the targets. Each standard requires managing energy ...
by raven
Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wasn't packrafting born in Alaska AND Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 1567

Re: Wasn't packrafting born in Alaska AND Australia

That the lineage of the inflatable craft now used for packrafting runs through the boat used by Bob Brown in running the Franklin is pretty clear. And that he used he boat for a truly exploratory and risky trip is also clear. But I wonder, did he ever pack the boat? As I read the Google maps for the...
by raven
Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River
Replies: 12
Views: 5679

Re: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River

Ah! One of the other Eagle Creeks secreted around Oregon. Sure is pretty. Thanks.
by raven
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River
Replies: 12
Views: 5679

Re: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River

Somni, which of the northwest Oregon Eagle Creeks is shown in that beautiful picture? The one in the Columbia Gorge or the one that starts in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness?
by raven
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 1 Alpaca and 1 Yukon for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1466

Re: 1 Alpaca and 1 Yukon for sale

PM sent.
by raven
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hardsided protective packraft cases???
Replies: 9
Views: 2155

Re: Hardsided protective packraft cases???

I would probably carry the raft, but the intellectual problem of caching the ride safely is intriguing. It seems to me that I would want the hard-sided case to be of a sufficiently large diameter to prevent entry into a bear's mouth, so it wouldn't be carried off or crunched. I would also want the c...
by raven
Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Greenland-style paddles useful for packrafts?
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Greenland-style paddles useful for packrafts?

Has anyone on these forums tried a Greenland-style paddle with a packraft? The reason I ask is that the Greenland paddles are substantively different from the more familiar paddles. At first glance they are merely narrow unfeathered kayak paddles, and are best suited fo flatwater kayaking. However, ...
by raven
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: some new mods
Replies: 9
Views: 4308

Re: some new mods

Roman, How does the new forward position of the seat interact with use of the spray skirt/canopy opening? Was that part of the reasoning behind wanting a center opening on the canopy? Do you think that moving the seat forward is as safely compatible with side opening skirts as having the seat in the...
by raven
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helly Hansen Inflatable PFD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2488

Re: Helly Hansen Inflatable PFD?

Conventional use of an inflatable pfd seems to me to be inconsistent with many uses of a packraft. Ditching the CO2 bottle and inflating orally before launching the boat saves a few ounces of pack weight and eases transport of the pfd both in a pack and by air. By inflating before you bail, you can ...
by raven
Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: wanted packraft
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: wanted packraft

These packrafts are listed as new: "NEW Packrafts type Alpaca Inflatables ". They seem to be Indonesian knockoffs, and they list them as nonreturnable. Expensive unknowns made from unknown fabrics using unknown glues.
by raven
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: wanted packraft
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: wanted packraft

Ebay (US) has a newly decked older Alpacka listed. The auction ends the morning of Auguat 29.
by raven
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Pakcrafting in/around Portland,OR & Vancouver,WA
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

Re: Pakcrafting in/around Portland,OR & Vancouver,WA

Bring your boat. Otherwise, you'll just be hiking. Not that that's a bad thing around here. Given the length of your trip, I think you could stay busy, even if you had nothing else to do but packraft. Let me provide a few suggestions – there are many more possibilities. I will concentrate on longer ...