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by Richard295
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Should we get an Alpacka Llama or Yak?
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

Re: Should we get an Alpacka Llama or Yak?

A fit optimized for your girlfriend (Yukon Yak) should take preference in your boat selection delima. In difficult WW, the lack of a secure fit would put her at a significant disadvantage for staying upright.
by Richard295
Wed May 31, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: 2017 Alpackas
Replies: 5
Views: 3258

Re: 2017 Alpackas

Randall, What paddle length are you using with your SB Gnarwahl and why did you choose that length? The Gnarwahl's max width of 44" seems like a conventional ~200 cm WW paddle would be too short. The max width is towards the end of the stroke length which may negate the requirement for a longer than...
by Richard295
Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Advice for a beginner?
Replies: 1
Views: 1782

Re: Advice for a beginner?

Yonder, You can best learn to packraft by taking a series of WW kayaking classes from a reputable source. It typically takes 3 days (lessons) to just understand the basics. I would add at least another 3 days of practice before heading to AK. If there is a WW kayaking club in your area, it is a grea...
by Richard295
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packrafting 101 Videos
Replies: 8
Views: 8074

Re: Packrafting 101 Videos

Great work... thank you for sharing your knowledge with the packrafting community!
by Richard295
Tue May 07, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: New Werner Packraft Paddles for WW
Replies: 7
Views: 5000

New Werner Packraft Paddles for WW

I have a 250 mile WW class II-III pack rafting trip planned for next month. I was very apprehensive about subjecting my Sawyer pack rafting paddle to this level of abuse and not having it break. As a result, I started to look at other options a few days ago. I was pleasantly surprised to see that We...
by Richard295
Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Roll with Aire thigh straps but skirt comes loose
Replies: 5
Views: 5363

Roll with Aire thigh straps but skirt comes loose

I recently installed the Deluxe Aire thigh straps in my Yukon Yak '11 model with the '12 WW spray deck. There were two initial problems which I corrected and one is still outstanding. 1. When I did a quick hip snap the thigh straps loosened and the sweep roll failed. I tightened the straps to the ma...
by Richard295
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tight cuff/neck dry suit
Replies: 3
Views: 2373

Re: Tight cuff/neck dry suit

The seals will loosen up some with use. I put up with the discomfort a few days before I trim mine down. I use a razor and cut only one raised ring at a time before I retry the fit. I have done this on my drysuits and drytopos for years without problems. This includes multiple multi-month sea kayaki...
by Richard295
Thu May 26, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Escalante Trip Report
Replies: 2
Views: 2749

Re: Escalante Trip Report

jwalko,

You did an excellent job of capturing the essence of your wonderful adventure for us. Truly a beautiful area and an inspiring trip... thanks!
by Richard295
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Anchors
Replies: 1
Views: 2097

Re: Anchors

Take some cord (3x more than the depth you want to anchor in) and a mesh bag. When you get to the beach, put a rock in the mesh bag. When you get to your destination tie the anchor to your boat and then lower it. Works great!
by Richard295
Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 17
Views: 9221

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

Andrew, Although hammocks are quite comfortable they necessitate more weight than you first proposal. Invert you raft and sleep on it with you PFD and a small piece of foam for insulation. Protect yourself against wind and rain by rigging a tarp between you 4-piece paddle segments. Clip a mosquito n...
by Richard295
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Seat Valve & Floor Abrasion
Replies: 8
Views: 6116

Re: Seat Valve & Floor Abrasion

Craig,

I use a foam pad to insulate my floor and the pad extends under the seat. The foam sandwiches the valve between the seat and the foam. This has prevented localized wear on my Yukon Yak.
by Richard295
Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 41423

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

McNik,

The 2010 deck's front is the same as the picture of the 2011 deck you posted. A pack normally sits over the top of the front section and so there is no interference from packs.
by Richard295
Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 41423

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

Ronk,

An acquaintance ordered a 2011 version green Yak with deck yesterday. It shipped today for delivery early next week..
by Richard295
Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Chest waders for packrafting
Replies: 3
Views: 3733

Re: Chest waders for packrafting

The best solution that I found is similar in functionality and cost to chest waders but much lighter and relatively dry when you take an inadvertent swim. http://www.kokatat.com/product_detail.asp?code=ttp
by Richard295
Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpaca Raft With Spray Deck for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1995

Re: Alpaca Raft With Spray Deck for sale

It has been sold.
by Richard295
Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: avoiding getting sucked in at junctions
Replies: 2
Views: 2272

Re: avoiding getting sucked in at junctions

The most effective way to deal with this is to "square up" to the incoming current. Another way of explaining this is that if the incoming branch of water hits you from the side, it will tend to roll that side under the boat and flip you. Your bow is upswept 4" and so if this surface hits the incomi...
by Richard295
Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpaca Raft With Spray Deck for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1995

Alpaca Raft With Spray Deck for sale

This item was sold on 6/3/10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/11853075@N03/4661915570/ $500 includes Alpacka’s lightest model 2004 Alpaca packraft in excellent condition, a 2007 model spray deck, the inflation bag, matching fabric patch material, packtach lashing system, extra inflation caps, extra tie...
by Richard295
Thu May 20, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters
Replies: 8
Views: 4054

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters

Does any one know of a good float around the garberville/redway area. Could be hike in or just a float, anything less than class III. I am visiting there from ak in June and would like to see some of the area via packraft. Rick, Area Rivers which satisfy your criteria include: Eel River SF – The Bi...
by Richard295
Mon May 03, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters
Replies: 8
Views: 4054

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters

What level of hardcore is this group? I might be interested but I tend more towards the casual than the type IV... Artur, We practice on class II - III. Our next three trips are scheduled for the Mokuleme River above Pardee Reservoir. The trip dates are May 15 and a camping weekend May 22 - 23. Aft...
by Richard295
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters
Replies: 8
Views: 4054

San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters

There are five people, including myself, that live in or near the SF Bay Area, own packrafts, and have expressed interest in doing some day and weekend trips this spring and summer. The current group includes Richard N., Rich H., Kevin G., Bryce S., and Nathan M. If there is anyone else in or near t...
by Richard295
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Active Topics Button
Replies: 5
Views: 1624

Re: Active Topics Button

I doesn't work for me either.
by Richard295
Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thoughts on this paddle top??
Replies: 2
Views: 1617

Re: Thoughts on this paddle top??

It has no wrist, waist, or neck gasket. It is not viable thermal protection if you swim.
by Richard295
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spray Decks
Replies: 3
Views: 2436

Re: Spray Decks - Wet exits

I am still here (smile). Seriously, the red pull tab on my skirt applies vertical pressure to the snaps so that they release. The horizontal pressure from bracing or having water on the deck doesn't release the snaps. If you plan on using the inexpensive West Marine installation tool, I strongly sug...
by Richard295
Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spray Decks
Replies: 3
Views: 2436

Re: Spray Decks

I experimented with standard tension snaps and an inexpensive snap installation tool, from West Marine. Standard snaps didn't provide enough tension and the tool ruined about 1/2 the snaps I tested. I then purchased some hard-action snaps and a Press-N-Snap tool from http://www.rochfordsupply.com. M...
by Richard295
Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 4102

Alpacka Semi-Dry Suit

What is the total weight, fabric material type, and gasket material type used in this garment? Are ankle gaskets or booties used for the feet?
by Richard295
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:22 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: five ten savant
Replies: 1
Views: 1514

Re: five ten savant

I have used the Five Ten Savants for two seasons of packrafting/backpacking. The last is extremely comfortable if you have medium to wide feet, as I do. The traction is great on all surfaces. I did sole friction testing of many water shoe types on both dry and wet surfaces before I selected this sho...
by Richard295
Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: California - Sacramento Area
Replies: 4
Views: 2403

Re: California - Sacramento Area

There are three of us in the Bay area with packrafts who paddle together. We occasionally run Cache Creek which is very close to Sacramento. If you would like to join us, please post your email address and I will provide you our contact information.

Richard
by Richard295
Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat
Replies: 11
Views: 4430

Re: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat

I have the same problem in my 2004 Alpaca. It appears as if there are one or more leaks in the tube seams where they connect to the floor. As a result, anyplace the floor has a ridge, like near the tube seams, it will leak. The leak(s) between the tube and floor bubbled out both on the inside floor ...
by Richard295
Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Expedition to glaciers of Patagonia
Replies: 2
Views: 3214

Re: Expedition to glaciers of Patagonia

Jarek and Rianna,

Thank you for sharing a great adventure story with us!
by Richard295
Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: neoprene or not
Replies: 8
Views: 4317

Re: neoprene or not

As an aside you will permanently damage a latex gasket by trying to stretch it out. If it is too tight, then trim the gasket length slightly to fiacilitate a more comfortable fit. I'll call bs on that one. ;) Stretch that sucker over a traffic cone, basketball, pasta pot, whatever, just be careful ...
by Richard295
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: neoprene or not
Replies: 8
Views: 4317

Re: neoprene or not

alaskabrett, There are two options that I use to prevent “Trench Foot” in sustained cold wet weather. The first option is more comfortable to wear and less expensive than the second. Pair the Kokatat Tempest Pant with Socks in combination with your existing dry top plus and add a fuzzy rubber surf c...
by Richard295
Thu May 14, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Packrafters in San Francisco, CA / Bay Area?
Replies: 4
Views: 2199

Re: Packrafters in San Francisco, CA / Bay Area?

Kevin,

I am a Bay Area packrafter and so is a gentleman named Rich Hatlen. I sent you an email with my contact information and cc'd Rich Hatlen. Rich doesn't participate in this forum.

Richard Nisley
by Richard295
Tue May 12, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Kimberly
Replies: 12
Views: 3786

Re: The Kimberly

Roman,

In your video you are using a 4-piece Werner fiberglass paddle. What model is it? Did you have to get it custom made for the length you use?
by Richard295
Sun May 10, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17367

Re: Paddles

blisterfree, What were the temp and the paddle use when the chunks broke off? What size chunk broke off in each case? Do you still use AB nylon/carbon blades? A missing chunk is more serious than a hairline crack because the blade will move erratically through the water. As I mentioned in my origina...
by Richard295
Fri May 08, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17367

Re: Paddles

I suggest that expedition paddlers carry one or two packets of Hardman Blue 2-part epoxy packets to repair any blade crack that occurs. Each packet only weighs 3.5 grams. It provides 2,765 PSI shear strength after 24 hours and has excellent adhesion to both the wood core and the fiberglass sheath us...
by Richard295
Tue May 05, 2009 7:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17367

Re: Paddles

Andrew, Based on Hig's expedition experience, the Sawyer appears to be the best solution for your application. You mentioned that you couldn't locate the Lendal Xti CC blades. I bought mine at MEC. http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302701285&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_...
by Richard295
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17367

Re: Paddles

Andrew, I recommend that you use either a Sawyer packraft paddle or a carbon fiber Lendal touring shaft in combination with their carbon fiber XTi WW blades. My pack rafting paddle takes substantially more abuse than the paddles used with my WW boats or touring boats. My experience is that backcount...
by Richard295
Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17367

Re: Paddles

Andrew, I am responding to your paddle question from the perspective of a pack rafter, sea kayaker, and WW kayaker and I use a wide range of paddles. The Pacific Design's paddles are a good option for recreational paddlers but are not rugged enough for expedition use. Pacific Design's was/is? the OE...
by Richard295
Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fishing and Packraft
Replies: 8
Views: 3833

Re: Fishing and Packraft

What approach do you use when you are fishing a river and hook a large fish while in the raft? If you just concentrate on fighting the fish, you might get drifted into a strainer or hole. If you lower a bag with a rock in it for an anchor, you might get swamped. If you jam your fishing rod into your...
by Richard295
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Adding lash point to the bow of a 2004 Alpaca
Replies: 1
Views: 2118

Adding lash point to the bow of a 2004 Alpaca

My spring 2004 purchased Alpaca raft was built with the inflation valve on the front of the raft and one lash point adjacent to it. What year did they move the inflation valve to the back and why was it originally put on the front? It seems the front is a very vulnerable spot for the inflation valve...