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by alaskacreeker
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 10th annual Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, August 12, 2017!
Replies: 0
Views: 1350

10th annual Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, August 12, 2017!

So friends, here we go... it's been 10 years and I'm excited!!! Come one, come all, be merry, crazy water, crazy dancing, crazy weekend yip yip yip! Kayak, pack raft, and pool toy race, great high-energy live music, hot tubs, flame throwers, oh, and it's free:^) Details in the facebook event below: ...
by alaskacreeker
Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival this weekend! August 13th 2016!
Replies: 0
Views: 981

Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival this weekend! August 13th 2016!

Hey everybody it's time! This Saturday, August 13th come out to mile 3.4 of Hope Road for the Six Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival (9th annual). There's kayak, pack raft and POOL TOY races! 5 live bands right on the river! Hot tubs, flame throwers, and fire show by AK Fire Circus, and al...
by alaskacreeker
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Six Mile Creek Whitewater Festival! August 8th, 2015!!
Replies: 0
Views: 2517

Six Mile Creek Whitewater Festival! August 8th, 2015!!

Hi everyone! The Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival is coming up on Saturday, August 8th, 2015! Usually boaters get there Friday night to hang around a camp fire before the races and the party on Saturday. DON"T MISS IT!!! Definitely the rowdiest packraft race in Alaska!! If you're ever ...
by alaskacreeker
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival this Fri & Sa
Replies: 1
Views: 1332

Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival this Fri & Sa

Hey packrafters, the 6th annual Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival is this friday and saturday, august 9th and 10th, 2013!!!! Come on down! It's completely free! And make sure to race, haha! Hell, there's a kayak, packraft, and pool toy race, so everyone is welcome. Here is the link to t...
by alaskacreeker
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 123175

Re: Youtube Videos!

by alaskacreeker
Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Fishhook creek in hatcher pass
Replies: 1
Views: 1375

Re: Fishhook creek in hatcher pass

be careful on the creek... that section towards the bottom has several 5-20 ft. falls that mainly land on rocks.
by alaskacreeker
Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh strap installation failures
Replies: 5
Views: 3324

Re: Thigh strap installation failures

I used a hair dryer to heat my patch up immediately after I glued it on to the boat. Heat it up till is not hot, but very warm to the touch (no bubbling). It will be solid as a rock after that...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: FOR SALE: TrIcKeD OUT Yukon Yak, thigh straps! super skirt!
Replies: 1
Views: 1738

FOR SALE: TrIcKeD OUT Yukon Yak, thigh straps! super skirt!

Selling a Yukon Yak (mid to late 2000's model). Good, solid condition. This boat is tricked out! Includes Aire thigh straps installed (and easily taken out w/ the snap of a buckle if not wanted on a trip). You can ROLL the pack raft with these! Also the spray skirt is the center entry style, but has...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: For sale: TRICKED OUT Yukon Yak, thigh straps! super skirt!
Replies: 0
Views: 784

For sale: TRICKED OUT Yukon Yak, thigh straps! super skirt!

Selling a Yukon Yak (mid to late 2000's model). Good, solid condition. This boat is tricked out! Includes Aire thigh straps installed (and easily taken out w/ the snap of a buckle if not wanted on a trip). You can ROLL the pack raft with these! Also the spray skirt is the center entry style, but has...
by alaskacreeker
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 6078

Re: Granite Creek

man, that drop above the put-in looks nice! wonder what is upstream?
by alaskacreeker
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: PACKRAFT race!Six Mile Festival this Saturday (August 21st!)
Replies: 1
Views: 1115

PACKRAFT race!Six Mile Festival this Saturday (August 21st!)

More info at www.alaskawhitewater.org!!! That's right folks! It's that time of year again. Time to get together with fellow paddlers & friends, partake in festivities, and enjoy yo self at the biggest river party in the woods! Of course, there will be free beer, free food, free raffle, and free comp...
by alaskacreeker
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 20468

Re: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.

If you guys can handle campground rapids, then you can handle Glacier Creek. Put in at the hand tram (on the river-right side there is a steep trail that descends to the river, pretty easy, takes 2 minutes to walk down plus has a rope so you don't bust your tail bone). The river is pretty mellow as ...
by alaskacreeker
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Johnson Pass
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

Re: Johnson Pass

Lower Bench Creek is a nice, mellow run, nothing above class II. There are A LOT of river wide log jams & beaver-kill trees once the creek gets away from the trail, so expect a good bit of portaging.
by alaskacreeker
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Development Report
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Re: Alpacka Development Report

You guys should send one up! I'd love to try one out. After a while you can just tell if something will be easy to roll in whitewater or not, even if you roll it in flat water/pools. Curious to see how the X-ray holds you to the floor and presses your legs against the tubes. Nice work guys!
by alaskacreeker
Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solo packrafting?
Replies: 4
Views: 2612

Re: Solo packrafting?

I believe solo boating creates a deep intimacy with the river and takes ALL distractions (other boaters) away from the reason you are there, to go boating. There have been solo taboos for whitewater kayaking (and looks like now pack rafting) for decades, but in the end, taboos are just arbitrary soc...
by alaskacreeker
Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Hokitikia River, New Zealand (IV-V) pack raft!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1558

Upper Hokitikia River, New Zealand (IV-V) pack raft!!!

So, I'll just let Roman type of the blog & details of this run, but here's one version of the video.
It was an incredible day out, 2 gorges with big rapids that you must run, and a bit of emotions
varying from pure sickening fear to blissful glee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZUIsOdarQw

Enjoy!
by alaskacreeker
Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6239

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

Wasup JD. Actually, my injury happened the 2nd time I ever paddled a pack raft and the pack raft didn't have thigh braces (or I hadn't been in a packraft with thigh braces before I injured my shoulder). New Zealands been good, but might have to take it easy soon on my shoulder, it feels pretty tired...
by alaskacreeker
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Winter Packraft Trips
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: Winter Packraft Trips

Kenai River is usually open for paddling, although there's only one way to find out for sure.... hahahahaha....
by alaskacreeker
Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Thigh straps - alternative coniguration
Replies: 2
Views: 1696

Re: Thigh straps - alternative coniguration

Good to see people trying different configurations. The main reason I place the straps further back next to the air valves is because this helps hold your butt down on the seat. If there were nothing but knee cups, your butt would become detached from the seat, making your more disconnected from you...
by alaskacreeker
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6239

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

Not good Roman... rest that thing, stretch it out as much as possible, get some heat/ice on it, and get some ibebroken running through your veins & maybe you won't wind up like me. I think the seating issue in these boats needs to be addressed urgently before more people begin to become injured afte...
by alaskacreeker
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6239

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

Sorry to hear that shoutdiggity. Sounds like you have exactly what I have going on. It never bothered me in 12 years of kayaking, but the within the first 2 months of pack rafting it got to the point where I just about wanted to puke it would hurt so bad at the end of the run, just sick to my stomuc...
by alaskacreeker
Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question for any one over 40 and willing to admit it
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Re: Question for any one over 40 and willing to admit it

Any elevation you can give to your seat will make it easier on you shoulers while paddling as well as give you a ton more leverage. The only downside is (if you stay in your alpacka with thigh straps) is your head will be further underwater if you flip.
by alaskacreeker
Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka rafts and car pumps
Replies: 5
Views: 1950

Re: Alpacka rafts and car pumps

I don't see why not. Just make sure to top if off with the mouth valve to avoid blowing out seams from too much air pressure. I inflate mine with a hair dryer fairly often if I'm doing roadside runs (cold air setting). Back in the day we used to inflate air mattresses & boats by starting up the car,...
by alaskacreeker
Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6239

Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

Hi folks, I'm extremely curious as to who has experienced shoulder pain or problems while or after paddling Alpacka rafts? I've been extremely careful to take good care of my shoulders, especially after watching all of my kayaking buddies dislocate theirs over the years from bad form/paddling postur...
by alaskacreeker
Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 5147

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

You are actually safer wearing a helmet w/ no drain holes. Drain holes make it easy for a stick/sharp object to stab you when ducking under trees/underwater branches/ect. A properly fitted whitewater helmet fits around your head very snugly, should not move at all, and will not fill with water becau...
by alaskacreeker
Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 5147

Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

Hey guys, I'm stoked to see that lots of folks are throwing in thigh straps & rolling their Alpackas in a pool. AWESOME!!! Once you get your roll down solid in the pool, practice as much as you can in strong moving current & swirly eddy lines... a "combat roll" (flipping unexpectedly & rolling back ...
by alaskacreeker
Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas
Replies: 7
Views: 5180

Re: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas

I drew on mine with a sharpy. I call him... Wilson.
I have yet to notice any chemical bubbling or deformation from writing with a Sharpy marker. A lot cheaper too:^)
by alaskacreeker
Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek Petition
Replies: 1
Views: 1058

Re: Ship Creek Petition

Hey everyone, It is extremely important to get as many signatures as possible for this petition. If Ship Creek is to ever be legally opened to paddling, than this it the key to the gate. Even if it doesn't help me in federal court, it shows support that there is a large group of interested persons i...
by alaskacreeker
Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 11951

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

The reason behind using larger d-ring patches is so the stress from the pull of the thigh straps is concentrated over a maximum area. If you use tiny little d-rings, there will be a ton of stress pinching just one small spot in the fabric, which might rip the boat, especially if you roll a lot. That...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: Explorer seat
Replies: 0
Views: 740

Explorer seat

Looking for an explorer seat to put in my Yak. kayaker35@hotmail.com
by alaskacreeker
Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Aquabound 4 piece breakdown 194cm $100.00
Replies: 0
Views: 889

Aquabound 4 piece breakdown 194cm $100.00

Selling an Aquabound 194cm 4 piece break down paddle. Made for whitewater (Shred model). Breaks down really small & will fit in almost any pack. Got another break down so don't need this one anymore. Email Timmy @ kayaker35@hotmail.com if you want it.
by alaskacreeker
Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 10911

Re: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!

No offense, but I don't think you've ever met me or you wouldn't have responded like you did. I wasn't pounding my chest. My soul purpose in life isn't running the gnarliest whitewater, though it is a passion. I document the stuff we do because it's fun to have footage to look at all winter long whe...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile video (some carnage & a combat roll)
Replies: 0
Views: 926

Six Mile video (some carnage & a combat roll)

Matt Johnson & I hit up the Six Mile at 455 cfs today (1st day of snow down there). River was clear of ice. Check the video out to see a combat roll toward the end, although my left knee slipped out of the thigh strap, so it was a bit difficult to pull off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32XjFC8NxQg
by alaskacreeker
Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitewater safety concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1444

Whitewater safety concerns

Hey guys, I recently noticed a few videos of people running whitewater in Alpackas with spray skirts that were not wearing any helmets. I don't believe some people realize how incredibly dangerous this is. Even a tiny capsize can knock you unconcious & drown you in seconds, even in class II rapids. ...
by alaskacreeker
Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 10268

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

I'll be in New Zealand Jan 29th - Feb 26th on the South Island kayaking & pack rafting, although I'm looking to do some creeking & big water pack rafting so see what these little guys can handle. If you're down there we should hook up & do a run or two.
by alaskacreeker
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 10911

Re: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!

So, where to start... First off, you guys shouldn't look up to me or put me on a pedastal at all, I simply made a modification that should absolutely be an option in the first place for these little rafts. Even in flat water, the thigh straps give you back support and help stabilize your body & make...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: "How To" Thigh strap video w/ Alpacka eskimo roll ex.
Replies: 0
Views: 1101

"How To" Thigh strap video w/ Alpacka eskimo roll ex.

Hey Folks, Here's a short video on how/where to mount your d-rings & thigh straps to give the Alpacka ultimate control and handling. It still handles no where near as precise as a kayak... BUT this DRASTICALLY improves handling and now you don't have to swim anymore!!! (If you learn how to roll real...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: "How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka
Replies: 11
Views: 6943

"How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka

Hey Folks, Here's a short video on how/where to mount your d-rings & thigh straps to give the Alpacka ultimate control and handling. It still handles no where near as precise as a kayak... BUT this DRASTICALLY improves handling and now you don't have to swim anymore!!! (If you learn how to roll real...
by alaskacreeker
Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???

I'm just wondering what you guys think of the inflatable seats? Mine is shaped like the top of a toilet seat, and it seems that my ass tries to fall into the "hole" of the seat... which means that all of my weight is sitting on a tiny part of the outside of my legs, right where the femoral artery is...
by alaskacreeker
Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: (video)1st descent/Upper Kuskulana Canyon/pack raft...
Replies: 0
Views: 1048

(video)1st descent/Upper Kuskulana Canyon/pack raft...

Hey folks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XI_G5UqwCU The Upper Kuskulana Canyon proved to be a pack raft worthy trip. Jule & I left Anchorage at 5:30a.m. Saturday morning, met Tony Perelli & Luc Mehl at Fred Myers in Eagle River @ 6:00a.m., then drove the 5-ish hour drive to the Kuskulana Trestle b...
by alaskacreeker
Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh straps
Replies: 12
Views: 4433

Re: Thigh straps

I just put a pair in my boat a few days ago. I'll write up a report upon our return from the Upper Kuskulana River canyon this weekend.
by alaskacreeker
Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:27 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Tincan Creek teacups (packraft) & Upper Bird video!
Replies: 1
Views: 1136

Tincan Creek teacups (packraft) & Upper Bird video!

Hey Folks, A couple of us went in to run The Throne Room (aka: the teacups) on Tincan Creek last Saturday afternoon. The water was beyond ridiculously low, but we opted to do the 30 minute hike-in & huck anyway. There is a new, easy ATV trail on river-right that goes up to the throne room (avoiding ...
by alaskacreeker
Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Willow Creek trip report/video
Replies: 1
Views: 1098

Re: Upper Willow Creek trip report/video

At 2:17 in the video you'll see me do a kayak move called a "screw-over". When I started to flip over backwards from backendered (bandersnatching) after a boof, I reached backwards and did a strong reverse sweep which spun the flipping momentum in a new direction. This results in stopping the boat f...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:14 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Willow Creek trip report/video
Replies: 1
Views: 1098

Upper Willow Creek trip report/video

So, here's some footage of Upper Willow Creek. We filmed a few of the big drops, but I filmed a lot of the "smaller" filler rapids. Can a pack raft run Upper Willow? I wouldn't recommend it, but maybe they could one day with additional advancements. Just thought you guys might like to see what the U...
by alaskacreeker
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:15 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 7933

Re: Bird Creek

Here's another video of the same day on Bird (and two seconds of Six Mile's 3rd canyon action too:^)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuut9yI_PpA
by alaskacreeker
Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 7933

Re: Bird Creek

I just wanted to remind everyone that the description I wrote above is for running Bird Creek at low water to extreme low water (extreme low in the video). A normal summer water level for this creek is a medium flow & it frequently runs at a high flow, especially for the 1st half of the summer. This...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 7933

Re: Bird Creek

Good footage Roman. Had fun this weekend. Wished I could have bombed it a 2nd time if we weren't heading towards Canyon & Six Mile that same day. The water was so low that carnage was pretty much as low as it could possibly be:^) Compared to Ship Creek, Bird is a bit more difficult, only because por...
by alaskacreeker
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Rating System
Replies: 15
Views: 4459

Re: Packraft Rating System

Wow, looks like this is a road to nowhere. The truth is, you can't please everyone. The fact that there is a PR only scale isn't a bad idea, but it is another means to confusion on the water if used incorrectly. The truth is, a rapid is not rated based on the type of craft. If a canoe has a more dif...
by alaskacreeker
Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:19 pm
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

Well, to tell the truth, this can be argued back and forth all day. Once again, this is why the International Whitewater Classification Scale was invented. I understand the concept of different scales according to the type of craft paddled, but it's too confusing, too misleading. Several scales have...
by alaskacreeker
Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Atigun Gorge/ Sagavanirktok River and packrafter death
Replies: 4
Views: 10748

Re: Atigun Gorge/ Sagavanirktok River and packrafter death

Sounds cool Roman. Is that the good looking whitewater roadside river/creek just the other side of Atigun Pass? If so, it looked like a pretty cool little run, I eyeballed it when the old man & I floated the N. Fork of the Koyuku from Gates of the Arctic a few years back. Part of me wants to live in...