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by Arturgreen
Mon May 03, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Packrafters
Replies: 8
Views: 4275

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...
by Arturgreen
Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

Re: Belgium

I guess I should define "good rafting" then. For me, good rafting means some bumps and mild whitewater. Nothing that requires too much skill or ability. But also not too flat and slow. If you're at all interested in real whitewater then there's nothing on these rivers at all. But I enjoyed rafting t...
by Arturgreen
Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:59 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: California - Sacramento Area
Replies: 4
Views: 2561

Re: California - Sacramento Area

Thanks for the tip, I may drop you a line when there's more water in Cache Creek. I've finally arrived in the Sacramento area and have been scouting for rivers. Cache Creek was running around 5 cfs when I went and looked at it so not raftable at all at this time of year. :) However, the Middle Fork ...
by Arturgreen
Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:03 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

Re: Belgium

After 3 years of trying to find places to packraft in Belgium... I've finally moved back to the US. Should anyone ever find themselves in Belgium with a packraft and some time to kill... you're basically out of luck. :) In addition to the two floats mentioned above, you can play around in the Lesse ...
by Arturgreen
Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas
Replies: 7
Views: 5855

Re: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas

Our second raft was written on by a whole bunch of different people using a black Sharpie. It has held up for years and not had any effect on the fabric.
by Arturgreen
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Bloopers
Replies: 1
Views: 1171

Re: Packrafting Bloopers

I know Hig and Erin have a good one about chasing a windblown packraft across a iceberg filled lake but I'll let them share that. I had an interesting one where I got to the the river (class I-II) with a couple of friends who had never been packrafting and discovered that while I had brought two boa...
by Arturgreen
Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpaca with no spray deck?
Replies: 9
Views: 3308

Re: Alpaca with no spray deck?

Another perspective... I've had a boat without a spray deck since 2003 and I've never wished for a deck. I've used it for fishing, ocean play, river crossings, some whitewater, hunting, and as a shelter. :) I prefer the open space, the ease of getting in an out, and not feeling trapped. But it's a p...
by Arturgreen
Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:37 am
Forum: South America
Topic: The Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 7922

Re: The Amazon

Floating the Amazon from source to sea in a packraft sounds cool and an epic adventure.

*Walking* seems just unnecessarily painful.
by Arturgreen
Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:37 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: En klassik Tur fra Fjell till Fjord (Norway)
Replies: 1
Views: 2167

Re: En klassik Tur fra Fjell till Fjord (Norway)

Great pictures.

I can second the recommendation for visiting Norway with a packraft.... a couple of summers ago I did some wandering around the fjords and fishing with my Alpacka and had a blast.
by Arturgreen
Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Tracking in open water
Replies: 9
Views: 6372

Re: Tracking in open water

I have a similar sort of question, but not for flatwater. I want the boat to track more or less straight while *drifting* down a gentle river. The two ways I've thought of doing this are to drag maybe 20' of rope behind the boat or a shorter rope with a small bucket or something similar. Has anyone ...
by Arturgreen
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: California - Sacramento Area
Replies: 4
Views: 2561

California - Sacramento Area

Greetings all,

In a few months my family and our packrafts will be moving to Davis CA (near Sacramento). Anyone have any experience or recommendations regarding packrafting in this area? Any packrafters in the area that might be interesting in getting together?


Cheers...
by Arturgreen
Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Packrafting in Utah?
Replies: 29
Views: 13687

Re: Packrafting in Utah?

I'm sold on the concept, I just need to sell some gear to finance my Packraft. :) Do they do well in shallow, rocky water? I'm assuming they probably will because of the shallow draft, but wonder how tough they are. I'm also wondering about spray skirt vs. not. I'd like to be able to jump in/out an...
by Arturgreen
Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat
Replies: 11
Views: 4665

Re: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat

Yup, I've got the yellow tape. That repair does sound fairly scary though. Maybe I'll wait until I'm back in the States and see if Shaggy can help me fix it. :)
by Arturgreen
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Guidebook
Replies: 5
Views: 2937

Re: Packrafting Guidebook

Then again if it's the weekend warrior crowd, which is likely the fastest growing facet of packrafting, maybe it's a necessary evil. Which is the evil? A book aimed at more casual users or the more casual users themselves (such as myself)? The way I see it, the more people involved in packrafting t...
by Arturgreen
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat
Replies: 11
Views: 4665

Re: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat

I had this exact same problem in a circa 2004 boat in 8 of the seams on the bottom. I just smeared aquaseal all over each of the junctions and called it good. So I don't really have a basis for comparison but it seems to be working fine.
by Arturgreen
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: running small dams
Replies: 11
Views: 3956

Re: running small dams

I wanted to thank both the original poster and turk for this discussion. I was rafting a large river here in Belgium this last weekend and I came to a ~2-meter concrete dam similar to the ones described here. I studied it for awhile, but thinking of this discussion I decided to just portage it. Howe...
by Arturgreen
Sat May 23, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19953

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

I don't know that you need a custom mod for that. I've slept on the packraft as a groundcloth several times and Hig and Erin have used them as shelters/groundcloths for years.
by Arturgreen
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:12 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: running small dams
Replies: 11
Views: 3956

Re: running small dams

Try it and let us know? :)


I've often wondered the same thing...
by Arturgreen
Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vacationing with my packraft in Hawai'i?
Replies: 5
Views: 3384

Re: Vacationing with my packraft in Hawai'i?

I can't speak as to the Big Island itself but I had good time floating some of the rivers on Kauai if you make it up there...
by Arturgreen
Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tweener-sized packrafter - yak or alpaca?
Replies: 6
Views: 2177

Re: Tweener-sized packrafter - yak or alpaca?

I would also consider whether you're going to spend a lot of time with a pack in the boat... if so, I'd take the larger boat regardless. IMHO.
by Arturgreen
Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Group now at last on Facebook!
Replies: 6
Views: 2104

Re: Packrafting Group now at last on Facebook!

Okay, I did my part. I joined the Facebook group and added "packrafting" to my interests. :)
by Arturgreen
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: quick trip, nsw south coast
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: quick trip, nsw south coast

Great pics but where are the fish? :)
by Arturgreen
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 4032

Re: Europe

Well I'm not from the UK, nor do I have a raft for sale... but if you buy one and find a nice place to raft in Scotland let me know and I'll come up from Belgium and join you. :)
by Arturgreen
Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: One or two paddlers
Replies: 5
Views: 3792

Re: One or two paddlers

My wife and I fish from our Llama occasionally and we've found that splitting the paddle in half and paddling like a canoe actually works fairly well. Both people kneeling and facing forward.
by Arturgreen
Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:16 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Keeping your feet dry
Replies: 4
Views: 2888

Re: Keeping your feet dry

While I have nothing to add to your detailed and useful post... I just wanted to say it's good to finally see you guys here on the forums. :)
by Arturgreen
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Children and Packrafting
Replies: 3
Views: 1695

Children and Packrafting

So we have a 1-year old daughter... a bit too young for packrafting yet. But by how much? I'm curious about the following two questions for those of you with children: How young before you put them in the packraft at all (I'm thinking of a calm lake with a lifejacket)? How long before they had their...
by Arturgreen
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Norway
Replies: 5
Views: 3894

Re: Norway

Probably not what you had in mind but when I was in Norway with my Alpacka (near Tromso), I had a blast fishing out in the fjords. You can catch Atlantic cod so big that they pull your raft. :)
by Arturgreen
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Princess Royal Island, BC - July/Aug '09
Replies: 3
Views: 3628

Re: Princess Royal Island, BC - July/Aug '09

Well I can't go... but I sure as hell wish I could. :)


Sounds like an awesome trip.
by Arturgreen
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Northern Sweden/Finland
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

Re: Northern Sweden/Finland

Hey, I am currently waiting for my raft (being shipped from Norway...) and was just curious what lakes and rivers you been to in Sweden? Well I didn't do any rivers while in Sweden, it was pretty flat in the region we were backpacking. I couldn't remember name of the area where we were so I e-maile...
by Arturgreen
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To spray deck or not to spray deck, that is the question
Replies: 3
Views: 2049

Re: To spray deck or not to spray deck, that is the question

I'll preface my opinion by stating I'm a pretty casual rafter and don't do anything hardcore. My wife and I have two rafts, one with and one without a spray skirt. I feel really uncomfortable doing rapids in the one with the spray skirt because I feel trapped. I know it's a totally irrational feelin...
by Arturgreen
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Broken Sawyer Paddle
Replies: 8
Views: 3342

Re: Broken Sawyer Paddle

Although I should mention that even after being stepped on and cracked by a bear, their paddle was still usable with a bit of field repair. Not much you can do about that unless you want to hang your paddle in a tree every night. :)
by Arturgreen
Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:10 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Italy
Replies: 7
Views: 7466

Italy

I just came back from a normal (i.e. non-packrafting) vacation in the Italian Alps but of course I took my raft just in case. Should you find yourself visiting the Val d'Aosta in the Italian Alps (French/Italian bilingual, amazing mountains, great trekking with really nice mountain chalets, and awes...
by Arturgreen
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:40 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

Re: Belgium

Here's another nice (but urban) float in Belgium... The river Dyle flows right through the historic city of Leuven (only 15 minutes from Brussels by train). If you put in a couple miles upstream of the city you get to float past a 17th century waterwheel, an impressive castle, a nice park, and then ...
by Arturgreen
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:32 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Broken Sawyer Paddle
Replies: 8
Views: 3342

Re: Broken Sawyer Paddle

Yeah, I heard that Hig and Erin also had one stepped on and broken by a bear as well...
by Arturgreen
Fri May 16, 2008 5:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hunting and Packrafts
Replies: 5
Views: 4404

Re: Hunting and Packrafts

So I have used my Alpacka Llama for Duck hunting on a few occasions with fair success. I've chosen a river in WA that is too small for normal boats and is on public land. I float down the river in total silence and then when birds fly I am able to generally shoot them down into the water and retriev...
by Arturgreen
Fri May 16, 2008 5:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hunting and Packrafts
Replies: 5
Views: 4404

Hunting and Packrafts

For discussing the use of packrafts in hunting, both as an actual tool or as a way to carry out meat...
by Arturgreen
Fri May 16, 2008 5:40 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Central Europe
Replies: 5
Views: 2390

Re: Central Europe

Hi Arturgreen, I'm a newbie to packrafting located in the central US, but I am also an international flight attendant who spends a lot of time in Brussels. One of the reasons I got a Yak was to bring it on trips with me, to use on layovers. Are there any good places to raft around Bruxells? Or, say...
by Arturgreen
Thu May 08, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

Belgium

If you should find yourself in Belgium with an Alpacka looking for a fairly casual river trip I would recommend the Semois, near the border with France. It's class II max, mostly class one, but through some very pretty country. It has the advantage of snaking more than any river I've ever seen which...
by Arturgreen
Thu May 08, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: California
Topic: Pacific Surf (Anywhere you got a beach...)
Replies: 7
Views: 5321

Re: Pacific Surf (Anywhere you got a beach...)

As the almost drowned buddy described in the first topic post I would support the safety measures outlined above... as well as add the detail that going out into the Pacific surf at night was really a dumb idea. :) That being said, I'd love to try it again under the following conditions: Buddy syste...
by Arturgreen
Thu May 08, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Central Europe
Replies: 5
Views: 2390

Central Europe

Any packrafters in Central Europe? I'm currently located in Belgium and haven't had a whole lot of luck making converts here...
by Arturgreen
Thu May 08, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Northern Sweden/Finland
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

Northern Sweden/Finland

Well I can't say that I took a pack rafting trip, so much as a long backpacking trip with Alpackas but close enough right? :) Anyway, a group of 4 of us (two rafts) went on a fishing trip in Lapland and the Alpackas were just awesome. They allowed us to get out into deeper water in the lakes and cat...
by Arturgreen
Thu May 08, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Packrafter Community in Washington State?
Replies: 4
Views: 2349

Re: Packrafter Community in Washington State?

Well, I'm still stuck in Belgium (which is flat!) for another year plus... however when we return to Washington State in summer 2009, I would love to join the packrafter community that you will have developed by then. :)
by Arturgreen
Wed May 07, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle
Replies: 21
Views: 10783

Re: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle

People have used the shaft from Aquabound paddles for walking sticks. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with these new paddles. You can protect the end with rubber floor protector made for a chair leg. You can get them at your local hardware store. Sounds like the new paddles are success. I will nee...
by Arturgreen
Wed May 07, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Break down paddle getting stuck????
Replies: 10
Views: 5131

Re: Break down paddle getting stuck????

I've had a lot of problems with stuck paddles and have found the breaking them down ASAP after being out the water makes my life a whole lot easier than waiting until the next morning (or worse, weeks later in the garage).
by Arturgreen
Wed May 07, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: ?Packraft attachments
Replies: 7
Views: 4437

Re: ?Packraft attachments

The one place I highly recommend a lanyard is on open water . Out in the big blue, even just a hundred feet offshore, you can spill out, the wind can grab your boat, and it's gone forever - leaving you in the icy-cold drink. That's where having it anchored to a paddle-in-hand is a lifesaver, just a...
by Arturgreen
Wed May 07, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fishing and Packraft
Replies: 8
Views: 4175

Re: Fishing and Packraft

I have done a fair amount of ocean, lake, and river fishing with my Alpacka. Bigger fish in a lake or ocean aren't a problem, as long as they don't have big spines... I know that Hig and Erin have punched more than one rockfish spine hole in their boats. One of the issues that I have is the lack of ...