Search found 31 matches

by Somni
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Southern Appalachians
Replies: 4
Views: 3468

Re: Southern Appalachians

Wow-- that's some SICK boating. I'm inspired to get back into the water really soon, thanks!
by Somni
Mon May 02, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which raft should I purchase? Durable?
Replies: 4
Views: 2349

Re: Which raft should I purchase? Durable?

Get a Llama. Ya won't regret it! Also sent you a PM as I'm in S. OR as well. You could take a spin in my boat (Llama) to see if it's a good fit.
by Somni
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any taller boaters use a Yak?
Replies: 1
Views: 1283

Any taller boaters use a Yak?

I've started running more technical water lately (some class IV). Currently I have an unmodified Llama and I reckon I could be making better moves if the boat fitted me more snug. I'm 6'4'' but have a narrow frame. I find I'm constantly using my legs to brace hard against the side tubes to prop myse...
by Somni
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:52 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ study abroad (excuse to packraft?)
Replies: 5
Views: 2586

Re: NZ study abroad (excuse to packraft?)

Great minds -- I studied in NZ for a semester for exactly this reason. Went to Otago in Dunedin. Andrew is right, it is a bit of a drive to the rivers, and ChCh would be a better access point. You can't go wrong though...I dug Otago. You can buy a car super cheap down there, and pretty much no matte...
by Somni
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Bike + Packraft - sizing help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2417

Re: Bike + Packraft - sizing help needed

I have no experience with the Yak, but I'm 6'4" and find the Llama is a great fit. Keep in mind you can always move the seat forward or add thigh straps if it feels loose. I'm sure either boat could handle the weight in flat water. I've had myself, my girlfriend, and a pack on the Llama and run CIas...
by Somni
Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Discrimination
Replies: 14
Views: 7358

Re: Packraft Discrimination

Maybe count the seat as two extra chambers? That still leaves you with one missing though...unless you attached an air mattress to the floor too. I didn't see any specific wording on what constitutes a chamber, besides being "sealed", so maybe you could get away with this? At a glance it does seem l...
by Somni
Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Flytepacker -- 2lb packraft
Replies: 0
Views: 2549

Flytepacker -- 2lb packraft

Just ran across these. Definitely not a whitewater boat but the weight is impressive, and the price quite reasonable if they sport any kind of durability. Not sure what the material is though. I'm reluctant to haul 7lbs of extra gear up to backcountry lakes to fish but I would be inclined to bring s...
by Somni
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River
Replies: 12
Views: 7686

Re: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River

Well someone beat us packrafters too the Minam glory very recently it seems. http://h20cycle.blogspot.com/2010/09/upper-minam-river-oregon-iv.html Have the guys never heard of packrafts?! Only a true glutton for punishment would pack a hardshell that far! I must say they did an excellent write up of...
by Somni
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Idaho
Topic: Hell's Canyon, OR/ID
Replies: 2
Views: 3072

Re: Hell's Canyon, OR/ID

This is quite a run! I got back a few days ago, ran from HC dam to Dug Bar, 50 miles or so in a bit over 2 days. My crew flaked at last minute but I ran it anyway. I paddled everything except Granite and Wild Sheep, the two big-name rapids. Wild Sheep looked doable, just rocky and kind of nasty at t...
by Somni
Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Idaho
Topic: Hell's Canyon, OR/ID
Replies: 2
Views: 3072

Re: Hell's Canyon, OR/ID

Just thought I'd give this a bump as the time in nearing, just wanted to throw it out there if anyone is interested. So far it's me and a buddy for sure, maybe one other guy.
by Somni
Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River
Replies: 12
Views: 7686

Re: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River

Somni, which of the northwest Oregon Eagle Creeks is shown in that beautiful picture? The one in the Columbia Gorge or the one that starts in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness? This Eagle Creek is in northeast Oregon actually, it drains the south end of the Wallowas/Eagle Cap Wilderness. But...shhh...
by Somni
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River
Replies: 12
Views: 7686

Re: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River

So funny, I was just thinking about packrafting this river. If it's anything like Eagle Creek or the Imnaha, it'll be way too low to run for the rest of the year. Looking at a map it does have a bigger catchment than Eagle Creek though, so there's a slim chance it's still runnable. I was going to go...
by Somni
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: Looking to buy a decked Yak
Replies: 0
Views: 786

Looking to buy a decked Yak

Send a PM or email jedarapa22 at yahoo dot com
by Somni
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: For SALE: Yukon Yak
Replies: 13
Views: 4029

Re: For Trade: Yukon Yak for Denali Llama

I'm also interested in the details of the Yak...
by Somni
Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Donner und Blitzen, 0R
Replies: 1
Views: 2510

Donner und Blitzen, 0R

Southeast Oregon doesn't really register anything memorable to the average person. Such a person would likely think "boring desert" if anything at all, but I ran a sweet river out there yesterday by the name of 'Donner und Blitzen' that stuck in my memory quite well. This river drains the Steens mou...
by Somni
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Sighting
Replies: 2
Views: 1868

Re: Alpacka Sighting

Anyone seen "Encounters at the End of the World" by Werner Herzog (of Grizzly Man fame)? He interviews a Russian guy working in a shop in Antarctica who whips out an Alpaca raft and remarks about how living under the Iron Curtain made him believe he needed to have the means to get away at any time.
by Somni
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Wetsuit or DryJacket/DryPants
Replies: 2
Views: 1559

Re: Wetsuit or DryJacket/DryPants

Drysuit/pants/jacket will definitely keep you warmer. You can dive in Arctic waters with a proper drysuit. Wetsuits work well but water does get in. However, once water gets in it doesn't circulate much, and warms up which creates a layer of insulation. Wetsuit with a splash jacket works well for me...
by Somni
Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What boat to choose?
Replies: 2
Views: 1211

Re: What boat to choose?

Either of those boats will suite you fine. The Yak would be a bit of a tighter fit I reckon. If all you plan on doing is crossings and such, maybe consider a Scout?
by Somni
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Idaho
Topic: Hell's Canyon, OR/ID
Replies: 2
Views: 3072

Hell's Canyon, OR/ID

I used to live in the vicinity of Hell's Canyon (forms a long stretch of Idaho/Oregon border; also deepest canyon in N. America, if unfamiliar) and shamefully have never floated it. While it is a popular commercial trip that doesn't require a packraft's light weight or portability, I'm fixed on runn...
by Somni
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solo packrafting?
Replies: 4
Views: 2696

Re: Solo packrafting?

As they say, you make your own luck. Well I don't know who says that, but I tend to agree. The main thing that worries me in a solo situation is runaway gear. Obviously anything that's pool-drop mitigates this to some extent, but it would suck to watch the better part of your livelihood get flushed ...
by Somni
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5487

Re: Clarence River NZ

Do you think we could hitch from Hanmer to the put in at the Acheron? Thanks, Greg One thing I've learned here in NZ is that you can hitch anywhere, if you wait long enough :D. You shouldn't have a problem though. I would just ask the same folks who took me up there to do the same for you, but I co...
by Somni
Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5487

Re: Clarence River NZ

I just got back from this trip, it was awesome. I spent about 2.5 days running it; I could have happily spent a week though, doing day hikes along the way and such--it's a sweet area. Crawlin with feral goats. Great changing scenery, easily negotiated rapids, and not a lot of people. There's several...
by Somni
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Hokitikia River, New Zealand (IV-V) pack raft!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1611

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

Dude that was one of the coolest videos I've ever seen :shock:
by Somni
Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5487

Clarence River NZ

Anyone got any info on this one? Ran into some folks in a hut when I was packrafting elsewhere, they told me it'd be a great trip, and from everything I've gathered on the net, it looks highly worthy of such an endeavor. It's a long stretch of water at ~200km or so, but besides a couple class 3's (h...
by Somni
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, Hollyford - Big Bay - Pyke
Replies: 4
Views: 2505

Re: NZ, Hollyford - Big Bay - Pyke

Sounds rad! I just might have to check this out where I get down there...
by Somni
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Broken Aqua Bound Paddle...Uh oh
Replies: 9
Views: 3757

Re: Broken Aqua Bound Paddle...Uh oh

There's tons of great spring floating for sure. Unfortunately I'll miss it this year as I'll be in NZ for school...which is hardly unfortunate I suppose. One float I really like is the Chewaucan river down by Paisley (not too far from Bend). There's a short window for running it in the spring, but i...
by Somni
Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Broken Aqua Bound Paddle...Uh oh
Replies: 9
Views: 3757

Re: Broken Aqua Bound Paddle...Uh oh

Bummer man. I had my aqua bound shaft get swiped once at a beach, turns out you can't just order a new shaft, gotta get the whole enchilada.

Say, how's packrafting the Deschutes? You live in Oregon? I typically reside in Ashland myself.
by Somni
Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 10717

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

Erik-- PM sent.

I'm planning to be on the south island from Jan. 24th until June. Like the above poster I'm doing some schooling down there, but more than anything I want to get out in the bush. If anyone's interested in a meetup send a message!

Dan

jedarapa22@yahoo.com
by Somni
Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: SOLD: 2009 Alpacka Alpaca with spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 2448

Re: 2009 Alpacka Alpaca with spray deck

Tree climbing ehh? I got a Weaver climbing/working saddle w/ a braided-steel lanyard I'll trade for the paddle...
by Somni
Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Navua River in Fiji
Replies: 3
Views: 1605

Navua River in Fiji

Anyone run this by chance? It looks absolutely amazing and very packraftable. I'd love to hear what anyone has to say. I'm going to try it out next month hopefully, on a week-long stopover in Fiji en route to NZ.

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by Somni
Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 10717

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

Cool to see so many others headed to NZ in the next couple months. I should be down there myself for some prafting and such. If anyone wants to meetup, let me know!