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by J McLaine
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: River Rescue Course Sat 14 & Sun 15 May out of Hobart
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

Re: River Rescue Course Sat 14 & Sun 15 May out of Hobart

I just want to support Mark's recommendation. Great instructors, great fundamental packrafting skills. Great refresher if you've done it all before. Alex, Dan and Mark in the same place at the same time, willing to give their best... it's too good an opportunity to pass up. Jump on this one if you c...
by J McLaine
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Maxwell River Trip Report.
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: Maxwell River Trip Report.

Fantastic adventure, excellent report, beautiful photographs! Great stuff!

Thanks and congratulations, Richard.

John
by J McLaine
Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting in Tasmania FB Group
Replies: 0
Views: 1043

Packrafting in Tasmania FB Group

There is a new Facebook Group dedicated to packrafting in Tasmania. Please feel welcome to join and contribute if Tasmania floats your boat.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1635817210016653/

Regards,

John
by J McLaine
Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Whitewater (kayaker) death in Vic & Courses
Replies: 2
Views: 1836

Re: Whitewater (kayaker) death in Vic & Courses

Sad news indeed, but congratulations Mark and team on providing a great weekend of training; a wonderful service to the Australian packrafting community. I will give a plug for the last few places on the next course at the packrafting presentation in Sydney tonight.

Cheers, J.
by J McLaine
Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:43 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting Presentation in Sydney; 8 October 2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1536

Packrafting Presentation in Sydney; 8 October 2015

I hope this is of interest to Sydney-based packrafters: On the evening of Thursday 8 October 2015, I will be presenting my Personal History of Packrafting in Tasmania. It will be similar to the version I delivered as the Keynote Address to the APA Packraft Roundup in Montana in 2014. The venue is Th...
by J McLaine
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2723

Re: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?

G'day Jeremy, I agree that there is definitely enough momentum for a dedicated Australian forum/page/internet group, but I'm not convinced that there are enough supporters of an incorporated association for Packrafting in Australia yet. There are definitely a good half-dozen; Shane Pinner, Mark Oate...
by J McLaine
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2723

Re: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?

Just a brief update on this topic: Clearly there is limited interest at this point in time in Australia, in the formation of an Australian Packrafting Association. There are only a handful of people who have indicated enthusiasm for the idea and/or a willingness to be involved, so that concept is on...
by J McLaine
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2723

Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?

I'm sure that many will agree the time is right for the formation of either an Australia and New Zealand Packrafting Association, or independent Australian and New Zealand Packrafting Associations, as the pursuit of packrafting continues to develop in Australia and New Zealand. It's evident that the...
by J McLaine
Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report: Gell River Tasmania
Replies: 4
Views: 1996

Re: Trip Report: Gell River Tasmania

Great trip and report, thanks for the write-up and vid! Cheers, John.
by J McLaine
Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report - Weld River (and Anne, Snake Rivers) Tasmania
Replies: 2
Views: 1656

Re: Trip Report - Weld River (and Anne, Snake Rivers) Tasman

Awesome effort on the Snake trip, congratulations! Thanks for the great vid and pics.

Cheers, John
by J McLaine
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, 1981: my first packrafting trip.
Replies: 3
Views: 1522

Re: Franklin River, 1981: my first packrafting trip.

Thanks Steve, some crazy stuff there, hey?

I forgot to mention that there's a follow-up of our 1982 trip; a year older and wiser, and some bigger, scarier water. Look for the Churn sequence at about 3:05:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSzxp4A2Pxg

Cheers,

John
by J McLaine
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125533

Franklin River, Tasmania; 1981

Recently uncovered footage from my first packrafting trip down the Franklin River in 1981:



(Double post in Aus/NZ forum)

Cheers, J.
by J McLaine
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, 1981: my first packrafting trip.
Replies: 3
Views: 1522

Franklin River, 1981: my first packrafting trip.

An old movie some viewers might enjoy; recently discovered footage from my first packrafting trip down the Franklin River, in January 1981:
http://mclaine.org/home/packrafting-and ... 82-part-1/

(Double-posted to the video page.)

Cheers, John
by J McLaine
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska
Replies: 5
Views: 1994

Re: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska

My pleasure Mark, and thanks for your interest. Best wishes for your upcoming Colorado River trip with Forrest and friends! Sounds incredible and I am very jealous of that. Enjoy! :)
by J McLaine
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska
Replies: 5
Views: 1994

Re: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska

Parts 2, 3 and 4 now complete, but rough and not proof-read. Perhaps a few viewers might enjoy. Cheers, John

http://mclaine.org/arrigetch-peaks/
by J McLaine
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Tasmanians in Alaska, the Alatna River.
Replies: 0
Views: 1404

Tasmanians in Alaska, the Alatna River.

G'day Alaskans, A trio of Tasmanian packrafters came north recently and had fun in your magnificent and beautiful wilderness. Readers may be mildly interested in our antipodean perspective on things in Alaska: http://mclaine.org/alatna-river-and-arrigetch-peaks-rough-cut-of-first-few-raw-pictures/ P...
by J McLaine
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska
Replies: 5
Views: 1994

Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska

G'day,

Australian and New Zealander packrafters may be interested in an antipodean experience of the far north:

http://mclaine.org/alatna-river-and-arr ... -pictures/

Part one only sorry, with the mountain phase yet to be written.

Cheers,

John
by J McLaine
Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur River, Tasmania
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Re: Arthur River, Tasmania

Thanks guys. No soundtrack sorry; my son won't give his music away for free any more!

I'm just back from 3 days rafting on the Huon River from Tahune down to Ranelagh; cold weather but good water levels, nice easy rafting.

Cheers, John
by J McLaine
Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur River, Tasmania
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Re: Arthur River, Tasmania

G'day Mick, Having seen snippets of your great NZ trip recently, I don't think the Arthur would satisfy you personally, unless it was purely in a mentoring role as you describe. I also would caution against it if the river was at a low summer level. You want it medium to high to be good fun. At medi...
by J McLaine
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur River, Tasmania
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Arthur River, Tasmania

Another short video, this time the Arthur River in Tasmania. This trip is basically grade 1-2; suitable for beginners, with caution. Please message me if you would like more information on logistics for this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkjzAT7l-Z4

Cheers, John
by J McLaine
Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

Re: Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania

Four days for that section of the route is far more sensible than our single day, Steve. Not embarrassing at all! For us, we just wanted to get the job done that day, and it was a hard, fast push. We both knew that piece of track very well, in fact we have suffered on it before; we walked it virtual...
by J McLaine
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

Re: Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania

Thanks all for your kind comments. Those packs were heavy, Fish; probably low 30s (kg). That was 5 years ago now, and we have both found some lighter equipment since then... trying to make it lighter every time a piece of gear needs replacement. The Carcass and the Big Yellow Taxi have both been rep...
by J McLaine
Sat May 31, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125533

Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania

Here is a little film I made a few years ago for a local audio-visual show, that wasn't uploaded to the web until today. This journey coincided with low water levels and therefore included far more packing than rafting. I offer the strongest possible advice; please do not attempt this journey unless...
by J McLaine
Sat May 31, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

Vanishing Falls, Southwest Tasmania

Here is a little film I made a few years ago for a local audio-visual show, that wasn't uploaded to the web until today. This journey coincided with low water levels and therefore included far more packing than rafting. I offer the strongest possible advice; please do not attempt this journey unless...
by J McLaine
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tassie Trip
Replies: 1
Views: 946

Re: Tassie Trip

PM sent; happy to help if I can.

Cheers, John (in Launceston)
by J McLaine
Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: White-water packraft; state of the art?
Replies: 7
Views: 4012

Re: White-water packraft; state of the art?

Yes, for scrubby Tassie rivers I think I will still use my old Yak with forward mounted rucsac, because of the portaging issue, but for this new boat I have a few other little adventures in mind. With gear inside, it should still be okay for some short portages. My new 2013 Yak with cargo fly and fo...
by J McLaine
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:12 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: White-water packraft; state of the art?
Replies: 7
Views: 4012

Re: White-water packraft; state of the art?

Thanks very much for your input Jeremy. You've given me some very useful ideas, and helped to confirm my plan. I hope you are enjoying some fantastic paddling in Norway!

Cheers from Tassie,

John Mc.
by J McLaine
Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: White-water packraft; state of the art?
Replies: 7
Views: 4012

White-water packraft; state of the art?

Hello from Tassie, I'm planning to upgrade from my mid 2000's Yukon Yak (the one with the small butt), as seen most recently in service here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEA3Yk2ycDU I've read everything I can find on the topic of rollable white-water boats, including various tantalising mentions ...
by J McLaine
Mon May 27, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report - Denison River via Algonkian Peak, Tasmania
Replies: 3
Views: 3753

Re: Trip Report - Denison River via Algonkian Peak, Tasmania

Great report! Although you found that route to the river heavy going, you made up for it with some long days of good work on the river. Well done! You clearly gained a lot of experience and understanding of travel off-track in Tasmania. I first visited Freedom's Gate in 1981 with Bob Brown and other...
by J McLaine
Fri May 24, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report - Upper Picton to Farmhouse Creek, Tasmania
Replies: 4
Views: 3254

Re: Trip Report - Upper Picton to Farmhouse Creek

Bloke99; we need to talk. All my ideas seem to have ended up in your head, and I want them back! ;-)

For years I've been wanting to paddle the upper Picton from the Southern Ranges. Still do. Congratulations.

Hard work; lugging boats over Moonlight Ridge eh? ;-)

Cheers, JMac.
by J McLaine
Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125533

Gordon Gorge; upper Gordon River, Tasmania

Recent trip with Matt Brain. The music was written/performed/produced by my 15 year old son, Jack. Hope you like it.

http://youtu.be/sEA3Yk2ycDU

Cheers,

John
by J McLaine
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR Video: Gordon Gorge, Tasmania
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Re: TR Video: Gordon Gorge, Tasmania

Thanks Steve, glad you enjoyed it! So many great river journeys to do down here, we are incredibly lucky. And thanks for your kind words about Jack's music. I'll make sure he knows it's been appreciated. Cheers, J.
by J McLaine
Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR Video: Gordon Gorge, Tasmania
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

TR Video: Gordon Gorge, Tasmania

Movie of last summer's trip with Matt Brain. Sorry it's a bit longer than most TR Video offerings. Promise it's worth it for the music; all the music is written and produced by my 15 year old son, Jack. Hope you like it.

http://youtu.be/sEA3Yk2ycDU

Cheers,

John
by J McLaine
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Franklin
Replies: 8
Views: 2721

Re: The Franklin

"Thanks to all those who were involved in saving this beautiful river 30 years ago!" - Mark. You're welcome Mark! Wow, thirty years? Looking back now, I feel so lucky to have been involved at such a young age. I was 17 at the start of the summer of the blockade, and although I had already rafted the...
by J McLaine
Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Murchison River Tasmania
Replies: 10
Views: 5188

Re: Murchison River Tasmania

Sorry for the delay Bolts, I usually only check this forum once or twice a year so if you would like to discuss anything with me, it's best to alert me with a message. The Murchison would be relatively safe at high levels. There are no nasty gorges or rapids. At low levels the first section may be s...
by J McLaine
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:35 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Murchison River Tasmania
Replies: 10
Views: 5188

Re: Murchison River Tasmania

I don't like the Dome Hill route, Bolts. You would be cutting off too much of the nice part of the river. We found it negotiable (but small) from fairly high up, and that would tempt me to consider the High Dome option. It will be satisfying to complete, and hard work is, after all, only hard work. ...
by J McLaine
Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Murchison River Tasmania
Replies: 10
Views: 5188

Re: Murchison River Tasmania

That will work just fine. The usual caveat about experience in Tassie scrub applies, because it will be difficult country. I emphasise again; difficult. Please do not attempt this if you are not already an experienced off track Tassie bushwalker. If you are relatively experienced OFF-TRACK in S.W. T...
by J McLaine
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Dennison and Jane
Replies: 3
Views: 1495

Re: Dennison and Jane

About a week each Roman. Both are great trips for experienced parties with reasonable sections of hard portage work. Given your experience Roman, you would enjoy them both immensely, however I stress for other readers of the forum that these are serious and difficult undertakings. The Jane is logist...
by J McLaine
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania Water levels this January
Replies: 7
Views: 2461

Re: Tasmania Water levels this January

Looks like being a good summer for someone to do a repeat of the Six Rivers. You want good levels in the Maxwell, and it continues to be rainy rainy rainy!

Matt, Rob and I will be thrilled when someone else cracks it. Go for it!

Cheers,

J.
by J McLaine
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?
Replies: 10
Views: 3832

Re: OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?

Matt B. has also youtubed some of our Tassie trips:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Irenabyss

I also have a rough cut of last summer's footage from Vanishing Falls, however that was mostly a scrub-bash with very little rafting. I suppose I should still post it.

Cheers,

J.
by J McLaine
Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls
Replies: 6
Views: 3219

Re: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls

That sounds like a fantastic achievement Duke! Awesome! Please post some more details mate, or send them via email? What route did you use from the Davey to the Wanderer? Several years ago Matt and I crossed from the coast north of Wreck Bay to the Crossing River via the De Witt Range, Naff (needs a...
by J McLaine
Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls
Replies: 6
Views: 3219

Re: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls

Pictures from our 2010 Salisbury and New Rivers trip, including Vanishing Falls now posted on Matt Brain's website http://www.irenabyss.com.au

Click on Latest Trips.

J.
by J McLaine
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls
Replies: 6
Views: 3219

Re: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls

We did use a SPOT, but the spots expire on the SPOT website after 7 days. If you want more info on the route we used let me know. Next time we would probably drop off Mt. Bisdee instead.

J.
by J McLaine
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:13 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls
Replies: 6
Views: 3219

Tasmania: Salisbury and New Rivers, Vanishing Falls

From January 9 to 15, 2010 Matt Brain and I descended to the Salisbury River from Mt. Victoria Cross and negotiated the Salisbury and New Rivers to the ocean. En-route we enjoyed a rare visit to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia; Vanishing Falls, where the river disappears undergro...
by J McLaine
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Weld River
Replies: 7
Views: 2378

Re: Weld River

The arch is upstream of the second river arrival, not the first.

Incidentally, I still have Sally's throw and bottle in my car...

Cheers,

J.
by J McLaine
Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:33 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Weld River
Replies: 7
Views: 2378

Re: Weld River

Some of us have to keep our heads clear for the big picture. The world needs visionaries! That's why I need Matt to record details, bash all of the scrub, and photograph our trips. I sometimes get reminded of something I said to our adventuring friend Dax before we tackled the New River in 2002; "I'...
by J McLaine
Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:43 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Weld River
Replies: 7
Views: 2378

Re: Weld River

Going in the Frodsham's Pass end is the easiest option. The road is gated but often unlocked. Matt keeps details like the grid reference for the start of the track on file. I'll prompt him. The track takes about 4 hours to the river, joining it just a couple of hundred metres downstream of the impre...
by J McLaine
Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR (Tasmania): Jane, Maxwell, Denison and Gordon Rivers; Jan
Replies: 11
Views: 5724

Re: TR (Tasmania): Jane, Maxwell, Denison and Gordon Rivers; Jan

Great pictures Duke. Keep cranking out big adventures.
by J McLaine
Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR (Tasmania): Jane, Maxwell, Denison and Gordon Rivers; Jan
Replies: 11
Views: 5724

Re: TR (Tasmania): Jane, Maxwell, Denison and Gordon Rivers; Jan

I've tried Sally's number unsuccessfully too. Duke, I'll be in Melbourne for a few days from tomorrow if you feel like a coffee or a beer and a chat about packrafting projects. 0419382187. J.
by J McLaine
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:37 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania: Old River
Replies: 0
Views: 4419

Tasmania: Old River

This post will describe a descent of the Old River undertaken more than 25 years ago. But first, some historical background may be informative. By 1980 the more prominent and accessible rivers in Tasmania had been paddled. Dean and friends had bagged the Franklin in the 50s. Truchanas triumphed and ...