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by spruceboy
Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: HMG 4400 Southwest Pack - Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Replies: 1
Views: 801

Re: HMG 4400 Southwest Pack - Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Still have this for sale?
by spruceboy
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Nabesna to McCarthy
Replies: 2
Views: 2388

Re: Nabesna to McCarthy

I hope folks don't mind me resurrecting this old thread - a friend and I did this route this summer, and it was a fantastic trip.

More details:
https://yak.spruceboy.net/2016/07/nebes ... arthy.html
http://stories.heathsandall.com/through-the-wrangells
by spruceboy
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River
Replies: 5
Views: 4544

Re: Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River

I did a shorter float on Beaver Creek a couple of days ago, and skied out to the Wickersham Dome trailhead - the classic Nome Creek to Mile 28 float, but there is now enough snow for skiing, so we skied to mile 28. It made for a great trip given the unusually high late season water levels. A bit mor...
by spruceboy
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River
Replies: 11
Views: 6777

Re: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River

I did this route earlier this summer, and found a life jacket for a dog in some willows on Eureka Creek below the canyon - if someone dropped it and would like it back please get in touch and I can get it back to you. In regards to fishing - I saw lots of grayling in the clear streams that dump into...
by spruceboy
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Melozitna River
Replies: 5
Views: 2459

Re: Melozitna River

I think it took us a little over 2 and a half days of floating to get from the hot springs to Ruby. None of those days where particularly long, with something like 8 hours of floating each day. The Melozitna River is a bit slow, especially the part below the canyon, but it is fairly scenic. I think ...
by spruceboy
Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: West Fork Chena River
Replies: 1
Views: 1186

Re: West Fork Chena River

I have not floated the West fork of the Chena - I would check were the road crosses it before heading out to verify that there is enough water. I have thought about attempting it but every time I am in that area the water level at the confluence of the West and North forks do not inspire confidence ...
by spruceboy
Tue May 24, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: East Fork Susitna - Clearwater Mtns
Replies: 6
Views: 2556

Re: East Fork Susitna - Clearwater Mtns

We did a variation on this trip last june in two nights, three days - with two days of hiking and one of floating. The hiking was pretty mellow, but the last day spent floating was pretty long. The East fork was fast and fun packrafting, however sections of the main Susitna were pretty slow. The mai...
by spruceboy
Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Melozitna River
Replies: 5
Views: 2459

Re: Melozitna River

One of the folks on our trip ended up getting an article published on it in the News Miner -
http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/95 ... to-history?

Not much packrafting content, but an interesting read.
by spruceboy
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Inflation Bag
Replies: 11
Views: 4324

Re: Alpacka Inflation Bag

I lost the sticks that go in my inflation bag mid summer last year.. since then I used it without the sticks and it worked fine for me. YMMV of course.
by spruceboy
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 8
Views: 4164

Re: Helmets?

Thanks for the advice - I ended up going by Alaska Raft and Kayak and bought the helmet they recommended -> http://pro-tec.net/water/two_face.html . Hopefully I will not have to test its impact resistance...
by spruceboy
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Air Mattress Flooring
Replies: 12
Views: 4746

Re: Air Mattress Flooring

Does it have to be an inflatable air mattress. Would thermarest ridgerest or some other closed cell foam sleeping pad just to the exact dimensions of the packraft floor work as well. I realize it won't work quite as well likely as a inflatable pad, but I am thinking it could help and CCF pads are c...
by spruceboy
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Melozitna River
Replies: 5
Views: 2459

Re: Melozitna River

I did a version of this trip a couple of weeks ago and the Melozi hot springs and lodge complex are probably the most interesting place I have ever visited in the back country. The lodge has a creepy yet very cool feel - it feels sort of like the a scene from "The Shining" with a fantastic natural h...
by spruceboy
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 8
Views: 4164

Helmets?

Hello packrafting super geniuses

I am looking for advice about finding a light helmet for packrafting. What are folks using using? Do standard bike helmets provide enough protection?

I would be expecting to use the helmet in class III water in fairly shallow rocky creeks.

Thanks!
by spruceboy
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hardsided protective packraft cases???
Replies: 9
Views: 2001

Re: Hardsided protective packraft cases???

Your pipe idea might work, but since weight is not too big of a deal, I would suggest getting a steel "open top" drum and putting your rafts in it. They are pretty cheap (I think I paid $40 or so for a 30 gallon open top drum) and available in 15 gallon, 30 gallon, and bigger sizes. I think the 15 g...
by spruceboy
Fri May 14, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Hatchers Pass to Kashwitna??
Replies: 12
Views: 4289

Re: Hatcher's Pass, Kashwitna, Sheep Creek Traverse

I posted a guidebook-style entry about this over on my blog: http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2010/05/wilderness-classic-independent-sheep.html Do you have any plans on publishing a pack rafting guidebook? Your "guidebook-style" posts in your blog are great trip planning/dreaming/motivating material...
by spruceboy
Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Brushkana & Upper Nenana Trip Report
Replies: 7
Views: 2415

Re: Brushkana & Upper Nenana Trip Report

I did a variation on this last weekend - we floated down from the camp ground and took out on one of the many ATV trails once we reached the nenana and hiked back to the denali highway. This let us skip the longer section on the Nenana and kept the total time including a bike shuttle down to around ...