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by Howard70
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Central America
Topic: Copper Canyon, Mexico
Replies: 1
Views: 1235

Re: Copper Canyon, Mexico

Hello Wren:

You might try looking over the the website for Sierrarios - http://www.sierrarios.org/. While not specific to packrafting they have a wealth of information about long kayaking & rafting trips in Mexico - including the region in which you're interested.

Best Wishes,

Howard
by Howard70
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: USA
Topic: Advise a simple river in the Southwest for March, please
Replies: 6
Views: 2550

Re: Advise a simple river in the Southwest for March, please

Hello Inguri: While it will all depend upon water flow which will depend upon winter 2018/2019 snowfall (if there is any...) I'd suggest researching the following (all assuming you'll rent a car in Los Angeles for the two weeks): 1. Verde River in Arizona. Beasley Flats to Sheep Bridge & other secti...
by Howard70
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite break down paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 3839

Re: Favorite break down paddle

I've used and owned several: 1. 4 piece Werner Sherpa (carbon) 2. 4 piece Werner Ikelos (carbon) 3. 2 piece Werner Cyprus (carbon) 4. 4 piece Aquabound Manta Ray ("carbon") 5. 4 piece Advanced Elements (two models Packlite & Touring) 6. 4 (5?) piece Supai Adventure Gear Pack Raft Paddle Before you c...
by Howard70
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.
Replies: 2
Views: 1869

Re: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.

Thanks.

Howard
by Howard70
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Drysuit recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 6372

Re: Drysuit recommendations?

I have Alpacka's lightest suit, the Stowaway. I've used it for three years and used it on probably around 80 days on various rivers - cold to warm. Day trips to week-long paddling/backpacking combinations. I've swum in it more than a good paddler should have (!) in water from 45 to 65 or so degrees,...
by Howard70
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Swap Shop
Topic: SOLD FS Alpacka gnu
Replies: 2
Views: 1355

sent private message

Hello John:

I sent you a private message.

Howard
by Howard70
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Should we get an Alpacka Llama or Yak?
Replies: 3
Views: 2252

If White Water in Future Get Yak

I agree with the above posts. I'm 6' and I have a Llama. It's a tad big for me, but on longer trips I carry my Clean Mountain Can (groover) snugly in the bow of the cockpit. With the can in place I'm snug in the boat, my knees are captured well by the cruiser spray skirt and I find maneuvering in ra...
by Howard70
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka CArgo Net/ rear zipper
Replies: 3
Views: 2274

Re: Alpacka CArgo Net/ rear zipper

I've had a Denali Llama with the Cargo Fly for 2.5 years and probably 30 nights or so of camping with the system.. No problems whatsoever. I would recommend keeping the zipper lubricated whenever it feels stiff or hard to close. I use an Alpacka Bow Bag for stuff I need during a paddle. I have sever...
by Howard70
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Fjord Explorer seat, 2" floor, and Prolite pads
Replies: 1
Views: 1163

Re: Fjord Explorer seat, 2" floor, and Prolite pads

Sent you a PM regarding explorer seat.
by Howard70
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Rescue Knife Recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: Rescue Knife Recommendations?

Hello Linda: Understandable. I felt the same way. After paddling for a while you may find that you're re-evaluating things based on your actual experience and personal preferences. I wouldn't worry too much about getting each piece of equipment perfect at the beginning. Take your boat out as often a...
by Howard70
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Rescue Knife Recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: Rescue Knife Recommendations?

Hello Linda:

I have a Stohlquist that I like. Not heavy (95g/3.3oz), removes & sheathes simply, attaches to vest well, and is reasonably priced.

Howard L. Snell
by Howard70
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Rio Chama, NM
Replies: 8
Views: 4205

Re: Rio Chama, NM

Do you know where campsites might be along the river if I plan to do a 2 day trip? I like Rio Cebolla (Cebolla Creek) as a camp for 2 day runs. Easy to move around & get situated for earlier sunlight. I usually camp at some large trees 100m S of the confluence. It is also at the W end of the Hart C...
by Howard70
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Raftbiking Gila GET in Southeastern AZ.
Replies: 3
Views: 2646

Perfect Conditions for Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Just took my Wilderness Biology class from the University of New Mexico through the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (3/14-3/16/2017). RIver was 800 - 850 cfs. Spectacular trip. We did a short "practice" run from Serna Cabin to the Dry Canyon Take Out on 3/13 to test the water. The day b...
by Howard70
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What to wear?
Replies: 6
Views: 3704

Re: What to wear?

Hello Peppa: If it's hot, sunny, and there's little to no chance of swimming in numbingly cold water I usually wear a long sleeve baselayer top that drys quickly from splashes and light weight pants. No matter what type of water, I always wear clothes that allow me to swim well. If there is a chance...
by Howard70
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: For sale: stock donut seat and backrest
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

Sent PM

Brain - sent you a PM.

Howard
by Howard70
Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Purchasing a Packraft.....advice
Replies: 8
Views: 4667

Re: Purchasing a Packraft.....advice

Martin: I'm not sure which paddle you are referring to, but those prices ($500 & $900) seem exorbitant (especially in $US). If you go to the Alpacka website they have the Werner 4 piece Carbon Shuna for $335 and a new 4 piece Werner, the Pack Tour M, for $335 also. The Pack Tour M looks interesting ...
by Howard70
Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Inflation issues?
Replies: 7
Views: 3311

Bag Better Than Pump!

I'm able to inflate my 2015 Denali Llama with 7 - 8 bags of air and then 10 - 15 blows on the inflation mouthpiece. I've tried it with a foot pump and the bag is actually faster. I agree that the bags appear flimsy, but they are so light I don't mind carrying them. I've also inflated my boat complet...
by Howard70
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Explorer 42 in Grand Canyon?
Replies: 3
Views: 2285

Re: Explorer 42 in Grand Canyon?

Hello Bob: Just a thought - have you considered monitoring the "Follow Up Lotteries" for non-commercial river trips with dates around your backcountry permits? With some flexibility it is possible to get a non commercial river permit that would allow more than 5 miles on the river and combine that w...
by Howard70
Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Explorer 42 in Grand Canyon?
Replies: 3
Views: 2285

Re: Explorer 42 in Grand Canyon?

Hello Bob: I'm not nearly as experienced as others here, so you will probavly get more knowledgeable thoughts from them. I did a short solo packraft / backpacking trip in December from Lee's Ferry to Soap Creek Canyon. I walked both Badger & Soap Creek Rapids - primarily because I was alone & worrie...
by Howard70
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: New Werner Packraft Paddles for WW
Replies: 7
Views: 5584

Re: New Werner Packraft Paddles for WW

I purchased a 4 piece 210 cm Sherpa from Alpacka in November of 2015. I've used it on several trips & it's a great paddle.

Howard
by Howard70
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Portaging with a Cargo Fly
Replies: 3
Views: 4386

Re: Portaging with a Cargo Fly

I pack the cargo fly envelopes loosely full so that two of them will fit into a HMG 4400 Porter. I carry the Porter in the stern, inside the cargo fly. An Alpacka bow bag goes on the bow with stuff I'll want most acessible. When I move the loaded boat short distances I can pick it up by bow & stern ...
by Howard70
Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Purchasing a Packraft.....advice
Replies: 8
Views: 4667

Re: Purchasing a Packraft.....advice

Hello Dallas: I paddle a Denali Llama (2015) and it's durability continually amazes me. My last trip was on a local river (the Wilderness section of the Rio Chama in New Mexico) at pretty low water. Lots of bumping and scraping in the shallow rapids & riffles. I was pretty sure there'd been some ser...
by Howard70
Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Swiftwater Rescue for Packrafters in Moab Sept 2015
Replies: 1
Views: 4084

Great Course

I just completed Scott's packraft oriented swiftwater rescue course yesterday (9/20/15). The course was great and I learned a lot. We started with a "classroom" day that covered knots, mechanical advantage systems, anchors, theory and a lot of discussion about various topics brought up by Scott or A...
by Howard70
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gnu or Explorer 42
Replies: 5
Views: 6017

Re: Gnu or Explorer 42

Hello Guitarick: I've been thinking about a 2nd Alpacka that would take 2 people and a dog. I have a Denali Llama that I love and would like to get my wife back out on the water. Thus I've been looking at many of the same issues as you. There is a great size chart available on the Alpacka site that ...