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by John N
Sun May 21, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka removable ww deck vs permanent ww deck
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Alpacka removable ww deck vs permanent ww deck

No, but it was the model before the whitewater decks and sprayskirts. In the old models the decking wrapped around your body. They are significantly better now.
by John N
Sun May 21, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 6101

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

This seems to be the only thing with a good flow right now. Has anyone run it yet?
by John N
Sun May 21, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lower Kashwitna for first timers?
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Re: Lower Kashwitna for first timers?

I haven't done this run, but I've looked into it a few times. There is not much whitewater on the Kash. The bigger problem is going to be bears and wood. Check out Roman's "Independent Sheep" run for a cool Dogsled Pass route. I'd much rather tackle that than the Kash.
by John N
Sun May 21, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka removable ww deck vs permanent ww deck
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Alpacka removable ww deck vs permanent ww deck

It sounds like you definitely made the right purchase for your desired use. I loved my old removable deck when I was taking my bike and dog on trips.
by John N
Sat May 20, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka removable ww deck vs permanent ww deck
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Alpacka removable ww deck vs permanent ww deck

If the removable deck is like the zippered design on my old Llama the extra water will be pretty minimal; however, if you are considering rolling the boat I would scrap the removable deck. A person able to roll an Alpacka is clearly using it in difficult whitewater. There would be little point in ha...
by John N
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: 2017 Alpackas
Replies: 5
Views: 1455

Re: 2017 Alpackas

The new models look like a good natural progression. They are adding features that have become standard mods on whitewater boats: thigh straps, backbands, and footrests. The Alpackalypse looks like a much more usable boat than the model I tested. An upgraded Gnarwhal (400 vectran, inflatable backhan...
by John N
Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Re: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?

The water level has pretty much sucked all year, but before it got low there were no worries on the Redgate or Guard-Rail runs. Make sure you close the gate behind you - even if you are just going back for a few minutes.
by John N
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpackalypse Demo 6/14/15
Replies: 2
Views: 1374

Re: Alpackalypse Demo 6/14/15

I posted a video review a few links down on this General page.
by John N
Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South-central Summer.
Replies: 3
Views: 2482

Re: South-central Summer.

Nice - rivers run?
by John N
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpackalypse Video Review
Replies: 2
Views: 1450

Alpackalypse Video Review

Here is my in-depth review of Alpacka's new whitewater boat - the "Alpackalypse". Let me know if you have any questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chGunrDIrjE
by John N
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpackalypse Demo 6/14/15
Replies: 2
Views: 1374

Alpackalypse Demo 6/14/15

Hey Alaska folks- I will have an Alpackalypse (Alpacka's new whitewater boat) to demo this weekend. If anyone is interested, we will meet at the Wasilla lake beach at noon for some rolling and then find some whitewater immediately after if there is enough water anywhere (probably guardrail). I'll br...
by John N
Fri May 22, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow creek update
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Willow creek update

Guard-rail was clean as of Thursday.

A big thank you to James and whoever else helped clean-up five-fingers. That could not have been an easy job!
by John N
Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Class IV/V boat?
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: Class IV/V boat?

Good idea - definitely would like to try before I buy. Looking at the pictures I'm not really impressed with the visible main design changes (knee cups, foot braces, better seat). I'd be seriously surprised if they could improve on the combination of thigh-straps and a backband that many of us are u...
by John N
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Class IV/V boat?
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: Class IV/V boat?

Here is the link to the only information I can currently find: http://www.alpackawhitewater.com If you click on the order tab there is a "What's Included" section on the bottom. What exactly does it mean by a 2-piece frame? Why the necessity for a hand pump? Is the floor material different? How is t...
by John N
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 3905

Re: Granite Creek

Thanks - don't know how I missed that paragraph. There were some tricky wood sections last time I went down the creek and I haven't been down since last years flood. Seems like the flood actually helped clear some wood on certain creeks. I was part of the Upper Little Su crew. That is a great run at...
by John N
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 3905

Re: Granite Creek

How was the wood situation?
by John N
Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Upper Moose Creek
Replies: 1
Views: 643

Upper Upper Moose Creek

Directions: There is a great trail that starts a couple hundred yards back from the bridge (don't cross the bridge) where there is a rock wash. Follow the trail past woody-boof and continue past the cabin (the cabin section will need to be portaged). Just beyond the cabin is a great four-wheeler tra...
by John N
Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 6101

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

Are the rapids below big-sky wood free? I was putting off running this because I figured it was pretty woody.
by John N
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow creek update
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Willow creek update

If you haven't been up to run Guardrail yet - the first of the five fingers has some hanging trees. You can sneak by if you do some rock-scraping on the left. Other than that, the run is clean!
by John N
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

Upper Moose is wood free. Lower Moose (end of pavement to the highway) has about 4 necessary portages, only one of which is long.
by John N
Tue May 13, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

I've been working on wood removal from Moose the past few days. I believe all of the wood that is near the road (on the upper section) has been removed. Water level is too low, but as soon as it goes up I'll make sure the rest is clean. If you haven't run Moose-you should. It is quite the run when t...
by John N
Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: getting Big Boats to fit
Replies: 7
Views: 4572

Re: getting Big Boats to fit

The Jackson backbands make a huge difference! Jim at Alaska Kayaking Academy had some in stock last time I was there.
by John N
Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Woody Boof - Moose Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Woody Boof - Moose Creek

Need to practice your boof stroke? Here is the perfect spot. Park at the end of Buffalo Mine Rd. by the bridge. Walk back about 100 yards and find a rocky trail that heads up, parralell to the creek. Follow the trail until you start to hear some loud water. This drop was covered before last years fl...
by John N
Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

Tight spots should be slightly better. Mark and I cut some saggers out on Monday. Water level will be good this week.
by John N
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Class IV gear and technique
Replies: 4
Views: 3018

Re: Class IV gear and technique

Luc, Great tips. I have one more, although it may be sacrilegious to say on this forum. If you really want to learn to paddle-learn to paddle a hardshell. Better yet, learn to paddle a hardshell first. I recently bought a hardshell and I can't believe the poor paddling skills/habits the packraft was...
by John N
Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Seam sealing my spray deck?
Replies: 1
Views: 677

Re: Seam sealing my spray deck?

The same seam seal will help, but it will not make the deck water tight.
by John N
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: making a semi drysuit out of my rainsuit and panty hose?
Replies: 5
Views: 2581

Re: making a semi drysuit out of my rainsuit and panty hose?

Uhh....please don't post pictures.
by John N
Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Seat Modifications
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: Seat Modifications

Mike- Alpacka makes a superb product, there is no denying that. The only problem most of us running whitewater have had is the sprayskirt. If you are paddling a whitewater boat that is *really"* good, why isn't it available yet? Your statements make it seem that Alpacka is not releasing the boat bec...
by John N
Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Custom Llama for sale- SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 718

Re: Custom Llama for sale

Did you make that spray deck or did Alpacka make it for you? It is awesome!
by John N
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3537

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

The evolution of the Alpacka. Seems to get more and more "kayak like" every year.
by John N
Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3537

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

That looks like it would definitely solve the problem. It also appears to give more room for your knees.

Is that the one with the tupperware lid plastic? When you say tupperware lid, are you talking about something similar to a rubbermade tote?
by John N
Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3537

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

Kirk-

I will try the seam seal trick immediately.

Do you have a picture of the Alpacka skirt with implosion bar that you are using?
by John N
Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3537

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

I may have found a winner! Jim at Alaska Kayak Academy let me try a Snapdragon bungee style that he has. It fit perfectly and did not pop when I sat in it. You do have to pull quite hard to remove the deck. I ordered one immediately. I'll post an update after it comes in and I give it a try in some ...
by John N
Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3537

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

A beefier Alpacka skirt/deck would be nice, but I am not giving up hope that there is a kayak skirt that will work. Here is what I have tried so far: -Several rubber rand skirts: Will not work, must be a bungee rand. -NRS Shock Cord Sprayskirt & Drylander Shock Cord: Might work, I did not have the l...
by John N
Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3537

Kayak Spray Skirt?

Has anyone found a kayak spray skirt that will work on an Alpacka? I hate the Alpacka spray skirt. I admit it is a huge improvement over the cruiser deck, but I am sick of it pooling with water and popping. I have heard that some people have improved the situation by wearing an inflatable donut arou...
by John N
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Upper Willow
Replies: 2
Views: 1194

Upper Upper Willow

The skinny: Put in: Drive up the Willow side of Hatcher Pass. Before the hard left climbing turn that leads to Craigie Creek, find a mining road on the right. It is shortly after a motocross track area. The road says "no mining" and leads to a small bridge over Willow Creek. Take Out: The old bridge...
by John N
Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

I checked out your video. Looks like the yellow boater ate it right above the big rock. What flipped him?

Also, did you finish the run or walk out at that point? We have been clearing wood on the creek and I wonder if there is much left after the big rock.
by John N
Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: readily accessible runs in girdwood
Replies: 1
Views: 732

Re: readily accessible runs in girdwood

Well, since you are posting on a packrafting forum I am going to assume you are asking about rafting "runs". The best run close to Girdwood is Glacier Creek. There is a lot of information about it if you search this forum.
by John N
Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow Creek--Guardrail Section; Wood?
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Re: Willow Creek--Guardrail Section; Wood?

I haven't been down it because it has been so high (1340 today), but I hear it is wood free. I also heard some of the rapids changed quite a bit.
by John N
Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caching packrafts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Re: Caching packrafts?

Nathan-

After seeing many pictures of bear shredded rafts I have always hung mine like you would food. I don't think I could fit my raft in most bear cans. Also, it is much easier to carry rope.
by John N
Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Gravel Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Gravel Creek

There was one river-wide that I saw. It was right at the beginning of the large sand cliffs.

The water level will probably be higher this weekend. I don't know how good of a boater you are, but you might want a partner for it.
by John N
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Gravel Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Gravel Creek

I took a fat-bike ride up Gravel Creek today and it appears to be a perfect level for packrafting. If you haven't done this one yet here are the details: Take the road directly across from Victory Bible Camp all the way to the Matanuska River. The mouth of Gravel Creek can be seen directly across th...
by John N
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Packraft Road Runs
Replies: 2
Views: 1621

Packraft Road Runs

Sick of going through every page on the Alaska section of this forum, I compiled a short list of road accessible (at least the takeout) pack raft runs. This list is not comprehensive. The *'s are the runs that I haven't done yet, but I'm hoping to tackle this year. Ratings are from the guides (Embic...
by John N
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

Word of warning: There is a new tree down not far from the put-in. It appears someone cut it last night trying to get across the creek. I cleaned the branches off it and cut it loose, however; it is still crossing the river. You can easily float over it, but it was making a pretty nasty little drop ...
by John N
Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow creek update
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Willow creek update

Anyone been down the guardrail section yet? I heard the rapids may have changed a bit.

I was disappointed that the play-wave on the Redgate section is gone. There are a couple spots that got more enjoyable though.
by John N
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

Yup, good summary. This is of course the upper section, from the "bridge that no longer exists" to the end of the pavement.
by John N
Sun May 26, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow creek update
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Willow creek update

That's awesome James! Nice work.

Guard rail is clean?
by John N
Tue May 21, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12649

Re: Moose Creek

I've been working on it. I have more wood to cut. The stream got pretty tore up last year.
by John N
Tue May 07, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: whitewater festivals in 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1019

Re: whitewater festivals in 2013

James- Any clue how bad the wood situation is on Willow? Do we need to do some chainsaw work before the season starts?
by John N
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Snickersnacking
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Re: Snickersnacking

The term comes from Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky".

I believe Roman was using the term as a quick direction change, one with a hard paddle stroke on one side of the raft followed by a backward stroke on the other side.