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by rhickel
Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Resurrection Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 2285

Re: Resurrection Creek

On September 21st, 2014 we put in about five minutes above the lower canyon. Upon entering the lower canyon the gradient doubles and I eddied out to scout. At the next right turn in the lower canyon (approx 200 ft below) there was a river wide sweeper. The water was going over the middle of it (Six ...
by rhickel
Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm
Replies: 12
Views: 5829

Re: Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm

Six of us did this trip from June 28th through July 5th from Anchorage. It was misty and rainy the first couple of days and great weather the rest. Had to navigate by previous parties GPS points coming into the caldera, as vis was about 200 ft or less. Great and easy hiking to the rim. If you can se...
by rhickel
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Well finally did the classic (Windy/Sanctuary)
Replies: 2
Views: 1576

Re: Well finally did the classic (Windy/Sanctuary)

In the middle of June, 2013 a group of us did the "classic" Cantwell to the Denali Park road version of this trip - via Windy Pass and the Sanctuary River. START: Once you park at the lodge/bar in Cantwell - cross the street and railroad tracks and walk up the road (north). Walk a few hundred yards ...
by rhickel
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River/Windy Pass Trip Report
Replies: 1
Views: 1127

Re: Sanctuary River/Windy Pass Trip Report

In the middle of June, 2013 a group of us did the "classic" Cantwell to the Denali Park road version of this trip - via Windy Pass and the Sanctuary River. START: Once you park at the lodge/bar in Cantwell - cross the street and railroad tracks and walk up the road (north). Walk a few hundred yards ...
by rhickel
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River, Denali NP
Replies: 13
Views: 8129

Re: Sanctuary River, Denali NP

In the middle of June, 2013 a group of us did the "classic" Cantwell to the Denali Park road version of this trip - via Windy Pass and the Sanctuary River. START: Once you park at the lodge/bar in Cantwell - cross the street and railroad tracks and walk up the road (north). Walk a few hundred yards ...
by rhickel
Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: brushkana
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: brushkana

Chris, I floated the Brushkana from the bridge next to the campground to where it gets class 1. I honestly can't remember how far that is (whether it was just before, or after Monahan dumps in). Although it was definitely a couple of miles before the Nenana at least. Anyway, there was a really good ...
by rhickel
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Ship Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 1581

Re: Upper Ship Creek

A few weeks ago I decided to satisfy my curiosity and hiked into upper Ship Creek from Glen Alps trailhead. I started at noon, dropped down over Ship Lake pass and walked to upper Ship from there. Upper Ship is a series of beaver dams/lodges and the trail going north on river left (towards the forks...
by rhickel
Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Winner Creek to 20 mile
Replies: 17
Views: 7074

Re: Winner Creek to 20 mile

I did this trip about a month ago. It had been a few years for me as well. We also followed the flagging almost until we hit the steep bluff overlooking the creek that runs nto the twentymile. We bushwacked down to the creek and tried to make it to the twentymile itself but the alders were too thick...
by rhickel
Tue May 10, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: East Fork Susitna - Clearwater Mtns
Replies: 6
Views: 2627

Re: East Fork Susitna - Clearwater Mtns

This looks like an awesome route and a group of us would love to do it this 4th of July weekend. Just two questions: (1) How many days/nights did this route take you? I'm guessing it could comfortably be done in two and a half days of hiking at a leisurely pace - so two nights out. (2) Would it be p...
by rhickel
Mon May 09, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same
Replies: 13
Views: 11849

Re: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of sam

Ok, it looks like there are many ways to get up the east fork and everyone seems to have a favorite one (and conversely there seems to at least one person who had a difficult time with each of these favorite routes). So I put it to the veteran east forkers: which access point is the easiest to the a...
by rhickel
Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Happy River (Alaska Range)
Replies: 11
Views: 3268

Re: Happy River (Alaska Range)

A big group of us are planning to do this trip next summer. We want to bring a couple 14 foot rafts or catarafts in addition to some packrafts. Is there enough water/river space on the Happy in July (or ever) to float such large craft? From Sheep Lake? What about lower, say Halfway Lake or from near...
by rhickel
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Hicks Creek - Chitna Pass - Boulder Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 3398

Re: Hicks Creek - Chitna Pass - Boulder Creek

Over 4th of July weekend four of us did this traverse. We started out at noon on saturday (7/3) and finished at 11 p.m. on monday evening (7/5): two and a half days in total. The Chitna pass/upper Boulder creek area was one of the most beautiful mountain-scapes I have seen in Alaska. We were all ver...
by rhickel
Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Quartz Creek
Replies: 1
Views: 765

Quartz Creek

Any beta on Quartz Creek (headwaters of the Kenai River)? I was thinking that the little valley behind Jerome lake (just before the Y on the Seward Highway) where Quartz creek runs through might be some fun packrafting. I've only seen the creek right before it flows into Kenai lake, and it might be ...
by rhickel
Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Hicks Creek - Chitna Pass - Boulder Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 3398

Re: Hicks Creek - Chitna Pass - Boulder Creek

Brad or anybody, Any beta on Caribou creek? A group of us are probably going to follow Brad's advice and hike up to Chitina pass on fourth of July weekend and float out. Boulder creek sounds fun, (until it turns into a deathtrap in it's lower reaches per Timothy Johnson's description in Alaska White...
by rhickel
Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Packrafting Laos
Replies: 4
Views: 3445

Re: Packrafting Laos

JMD, My friend bought and then paddled a Laos fishing longboat from Luang Prabang down towards the Thai border in 2003 or so. Don't know how far he made it, but he and a friend spent 7 or 8 days on the river. His name is Brett Roth and his email is alaskabrett@yahoo.com. He would be more than happy ...
by rhickel
Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River, Denali NP
Replies: 13
Views: 8129

Re: Sanctuary River, Denali NP

This last weekend my girlfriend and I did the "classic" Savage to Sanctuary route. It is a beautiful time to be in that country and we had a lot of fun. Neither of us had a lot of experience being off trail in the Interior before and so offer some advice to some other such newbies. Other folks need ...
by rhickel
Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River
Replies: 13
Views: 6392

Re: Eagle River

A group of us just did the Crow Pass trailhead to Eagle River Nature Center packraft yesterday. It was incredibly beautiful and a lot of fun. We were all new to this trip. We put in where the Crow pass trail meets the river for the first time (below the ford). The first quarter to half mile of rapid...
by rhickel
Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 15648

Re: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.

Hey,
I guess Brett never called you as he got busy. If you (or anyone else) wanted to lead us through it this Thursday, Friday or Saturday, we would definitely be interested. Thanks!
by rhickel
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 15648

Re: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.

Thanks, I'll be on the Kenai till tomorrow night though. However, my friend (Brett) who lives in Girdwood might give you a call.

Ryan
by rhickel
Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 15648

Re: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.

Anybody looking to run Glacier Creek in the next week? My friend and I would like to run it, but would like someone whose already done it to lead us through. We don't have a lot of whitewater experience, but are comfortable packrafting Campground Rapids in lower Eagle River (Class 3) for example. We...
by rhickel
Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)
Replies: 7
Views: 2100

Re: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)

Folks, Thanks for the feedback about the trip. It was a great trip for us and I'm sorry that it's not as well presented as it could be. The problem is that we originally posted ALL of our pictures online to share them amongst OURSELVES, as we were all living in different places after the trip. To ed...
by rhickel
Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)
Replies: 7
Views: 2100

From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)

Well, in the finest spirit of procrastination here are the links to a couple of web albums detailing a two week packrafting trip through Prince William Sound last May/June. We (Brett Roth, Jake Waits and I) had five or six days of beautiful sun and over a week of rain and clouds. Our original goal w...
by rhickel
Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?
Replies: 4
Views: 918

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

Thanks for the info guys. From info I received from the Railroad it looks like they don't drop off at Grandview...only Spencer glacier. Does anyone know what the hike is like from Spencer to Grandview, along the tracks or taking the highroad? I know there is a tunnel that snowmachiners supposedly cr...
by rhickel
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: An Act of Stupidity So Profound....
Replies: 1
Views: 876

An Act of Stupidity So Profound....

I was inspired to write this by Bodysnatcher's post - Blunder's of the Inexperienced. This should make you feel better Bodysnatcher. Yesterday evening I decided to packraft the Eagle River Loop Rd. to Glenn Highway Bridge section of Eagle river with my girlfriend (Alissa). I don't have much whitewat...
by rhickel
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?

A friend and I drew some goat tags for an area that encompasses the Trail glacier and some of the Trail River. We thought it would be a neat trip to take the train into Grandview, do some pre-season goat spotting and float out the Trail river to Trail Lake and Moose Pass. Does anyone have any inform...
by rhickel
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: So Who is packrafting in Southeast Alaska this summer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Re: So Who is packrafting in Southeast Alaska this summer?

I packrafted at Baranoff lake, just up the hill from Baranoff Hot Springs. It was beautiful, but flat water of course (not counting the wind borne waves that came up). The other place I packrafted was up Waterfall Creek in Slocum Arm (Bay?) in Waterfall Cove on Chichagoff Island. I went up a little ...
by rhickel
Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Velcro Skeg
Replies: 9
Views: 2409

Re: Velcro Skeg

Some friends and I took a long trip in Prince William Sound last year. One yak had a skeg attached by a velcro strip, (the folks at Alpacka put the velcro on for him), and the other two packrafts did not. All the paddling on the trip was done on saltwater and we all agreed that at least with a heavy...
by rhickel
Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: So Who is packrafting in Southeast Alaska this summer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Re: So Who is packrafting in Southeast Alaska this summer?

Hi, I will be salmon seining out of Petersburg this summer and will be bringing my packraft along. I commercial fished in SE last summer and only used my packraft a couple of days, but had more days off that I could have played around. I don't ever know what my schedule will be ahead of time, but pl...
by rhickel
Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 30
Views: 16407

Re: Packraft Rescue Training

Does anyone know about any packraft-specific swiftwater rescue courses in the Anchorage area this coming summer? I contacted Scott Solle and he doesn't have anything planned for this spring in Anchorage...maybe in the fall though. Thanks!

Ryan Hickel
by rhickel
Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Packrafting Laos
Replies: 4
Views: 3445

Packrafting Laos

My girlfriend and I went packrafting in Laos in November of 2005. Two short trips: 3 days on the Mekong from Huayxai (on the Thai border) to Pakbeng (deeper in Laos) and then caught a ride up to the Nam Ou (the major tributary feeding into the Mekong within Laos) for another three day trip. Both tri...