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by Craig
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:49 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Video TR: 5 Day Packrafting and Canyoning Trip in Tassie
Replies: 14
Views: 5168

Re: Video TR: 5 Day Packrafting and Canyoning Trip in Tassie

Mark, fantastic trip and a beautiful video. Thanks for sharing it with us. Just watched your AAWT video, truly inspiring. Brought back a few memories for me, as I walked the track solo a couple of months before you two did your traverse. Great to see you had the support of your family during the tri...
by Craig
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: VIC packrafting options?
Replies: 1
Views: 1079

Re: VIC packrafting options?

Depends what you are after; packraft specific trips (ie walk in, paddle out) or just general paddling (using car shuffles). For the latter have a look at the Paddle Australia website, there are plenty of options for both single and multi-day trips. Packraft specific trips are only limited by your im...
by Craig
Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR
Replies: 8
Views: 2596

Re: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR

The thought of a crossing hadn't even entered my mind Darren! Must be getting less adventurous in my old age. We were thinking about going for 3 day jaunt around the Prom this weekend but I don't think I can spare the time off work unfortunately. Btw I'm loving the look of that pourover rapid with t...
by Craig
Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR
Replies: 8
Views: 2596

Re: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR

Well that makes two of us who with fingernail injuries from Sunday! I lost a decent chunk of mine yesterday whilst sea kayaking in the surf at Barwon Heads. Got trashed by a monster wave, with the end damage report being a bent rudder, snapped paddle leash, broken rudder cable and the missing chunk ...
by Craig
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4933

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

I reckon with an extra 100-200mm it would be ideal for skill development Darren. At the level it was at on Sunday it was great fun, but there wasn't enough volume going through the rapids to try different lines or manoeuvre etc. Incidentally we never felt in any danger on the way down; the rapids we...
by Craig
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:56 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4933

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

Hi Haydn, we dropped in at Four Mile Hill as the extra couple of km down from the bridge would have taken a long time with the low levels. Blog post is up, see here: http://paucifloraadventures.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/eucumbene-river-packrafting.html Also, I did a paddle on the Saturday through Clar...
by Craig
Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4933

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

Yep it was a great paddle, thanks Steve for organising it all. The top gauge was at 5.11 when I drove past on Sunday afternoon, so it was ultra low volumes. Made for good fun though, as it was tight and technical. We ran everything that was runnable and had fun seal launching off the smooth granite ...
by Craig
Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:28 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Melbourne Pack Rafter
Replies: 2
Views: 1388

Re: New Melbourne Pack Rafter

Welcome Haydn! It's great to hear there are a few more packrafters in Victoria.

I will be organising some group paddles down here this winter when the rivers pick up again.
by Craig
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:21 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 3019

Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Thanks! I'm in Bendigo. Whitewater is a bit scarce close to home, so us locals have to head east for our fix!
by Craig
Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:23 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4933

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

I'm still keen Steve. The Goobarragandra, Tooma and Indi gauges have all come up today so there's definately water around. I can swing past the Euc gauge on Saturday and see how it's looking. If it's waaaay too low then we can always head elsewhere; explore a bit more of the Thredbo, or even have a ...
by Craig
Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Best adhesive available in AU
Replies: 6
Views: 6089

Re: Best adhesive available in AU

A few months ago I used a conventional raft repair glue to attach extra grab loops to my raft. The glue would probably be fine for repairs/patches, but I'm not going to use it again in load bearing areas, as one of my loops is starting to peel at the edges. It seems that not all urethane glues are t...
by Craig
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Indi
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: Upper Indi

Check out eBay Steve and look for sellers from China, that's where I got mine from. Try here for example: http://stores.ebay.com.au/shakoo-watersports-store My top is branded 'Marine' but is exactly the same as a Palm Equipment top, at less than a third of the price. I'd say they come out of the sam...
by Craig
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Indi
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: Upper Indi

Sweet, it was a great paddle and I'm keen to head back there once the temperature drops and the rivers start flowing :) The video puts the Kluger's location into perspective :shock:
by Craig
Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4933

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

Will hopefully be coming up from Victoria for the Eucumbene, so if anyone else down here is interested then let me know and we can sort something out with transport. My plan is to head over Friday night and do something on the Saturday, be it packrafting, walking or otherwise :) With regard to other...
by Craig
Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Cox's River Loop
Replies: 12
Views: 5908

Re: Cox's River Loop

Good stuff Ross. The riverside vegetation looks interesting, nice trees. Most of the rivers I paddle seem to be infested with blackberries!
by Craig
Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 3019

Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Thanks Ross.
Fishdejour wrote:We should hook up and do the Eucumbene soon whilst it is a little warmer?
Yes definitely! We'll have to wait for a drop of rain though. Wish the Snowy Hydro gauges were publicly accessible, would make trip planning much easier.
by Craig
Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 3019

Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Thanks Steve. There were a few signs of fish on the way down, and apparently there is no shortage of eels in the river, if you're into that sort of thing.
by Craig
Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 3019

Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Thanks mate. There's nothing as satisfying as lugging big loads and covering long distances. All the sissys who only do day trips are missing out :P
by Craig
Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:05 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 3019

TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Went for a bit of a walk and paddle after Christmas, from the top of Australia to the ocean. It was my first decent expedition with the packraft, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vuNLWMAUsE8/TxAAkex6awI/AAAAAAAAAE4/jKzlZbI_9P8/s400/P1040726.jpg See my blog for t...
by Craig
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR... An Xmas adventure
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

Re: TR... An Xmas adventure

Trip went well Darren, pulled the raft out of the water yesterday afternoon and arrived home an hour or so ago. Did it a lot quicker than expected, which is nice. Once I've sorted out the gear I'll knock together a trip report and upload some photos, give it a couple of days.
by Craig
Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR... An Xmas adventure
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

Re: TR... An Xmas adventure

Bloody hell Darren! Have been thinking about how you've been going every day since I left, and now I come back to civilisation to find you down & out after only a day or two! At least it was a genuine combat wound inflicted whilst battling the elements, much better than being stuck in bed with a col...
by Craig
Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 126982

Re: Youtube Videos!

Amazing videos Mark, great editing & tunes. I reckon your Snowy River excursion would have been the first ever ski-raftaneering trip in Australia!
by Craig
Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Nepean TR
Replies: 8
Views: 3013

Re: Upper Nepean TR

Looks great Darren, perfect way to spend an afternoon. Wish I had paddling like that so close to home.
by Craig
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Bigger blue(s)
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

Re: Bigger blue(s)

Arrrrgh, no pics, sorry Darren! I usually head down with a mate or two, but they're surfing at the same time I am (albeit on boards). The raft catches waves so easily that often you'll be trying to get out past the break and end up getting caught in a wave, dragging you back to shore. Every time you...
by Craig
Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Bigger blue(s)
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

Re: Bigger blue(s)

I've been using mine in the salt water a bit too, always in the surf though (mostly down at Ocean Grove). It's great fun, they catch the waves really easily. A good substitute for 'proper' whitewater when the nearby rivers aren't high enough.
by Craig
Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:59 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: ShoalhavenTR
Replies: 10
Views: 2873

Re: ShoalhavenTR

Nice looking water there Darren. Must admit I'm guilty of the same rapid a couple of times before moving on, it's so easy to portage with the packraft :)
by Craig
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:06 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: First trip success
Replies: 4
Views: 2058

Re: First trip success

Beautiful stretch of river there Chris, nice easy access too ;)

Just out of curiosity, did you find you were using different paddle strokes in the packraft? I've been wondering if high & low braces would be useful in our little rafts?
by Craig
Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:29 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Myall Lakes TR
Replies: 2
Views: 1159

Re: Myall Lakes TR

Some lovely photos there Darren. The scenery looks good enough to justify the 1km of agonising flatwater :)

What breed is the budget packraft, and how does it compare size-wise to the Llama?
by Craig
Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Looking for rafting destination NSW
Replies: 14
Views: 4940

Re: Looking for rafting destination NSW

A bit of general advice on looking for rivers to paddle in. There are two main factors I look at; catchment and gradient. Minimum catchment sizes will depend on your area, rainfall, topography, dams etc. In alpine areas if the river has about 100km2 of catchment then it will probably be paddleable a...
by Craig
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Looking for rafting destination NSW
Replies: 14
Views: 4940

Re: Looking for rafting destination NSW

Hi Darren, grades vary depending on where you put in. From Jindabyne down to the Delegate/Maclaughlin River area is apparently quite feisty, but only paddleable when they're doing a release from the dam (such as at the moment). Between the Delegate River and around the park boundary there are two wa...
by Craig
Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Looking for rafting destination NSW
Replies: 14
Views: 4940

Re: Looking for rafting destination NSW

Yep I'm out here Steve, just busy with work. The Indi (Upper Murray) is packraftable from Leather Barrell Creek down to Murray Gates trail (north of Tom Groggin). Below this it enters the Murray Gates, which is some pretty fearsome whitewater (Grade 4). Having paddled it in a raft there's no way I'd...
by Craig
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

I'm out for the 22/23 Steve, got an engagement party that weekend. November is looking pretty full up for me too, so will have to let you blokes enjoy the snowmelt on your own.
by Craig
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:12 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

I'm keen for the Tooma. The road opens on October 3, so how does the 8th/9th sound? Spent a bit of time thinking about other rivers today, it really depends how far we want to drive. The Yarrangobilly and the Eucumbene are the closest two that come to mind. If there's enough water I'd love to paddle...
by Craig
Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:53 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

Yep it was a great weekend, thanks for organising it Steve. It was good to meet some fellow packrafters in the wild, particularly such good company. It was worth doing the lower Thredbo just to see the trout, the water was swarming with them! The Indi went well, the level was 0.9m at Biggara. Plenty...
by Craig
Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

Agree that it's better to decide on Sunday's paddle after seeing how we perform on Saturday. The longer paddle appeals to me more, mainly because the walk in will warm up the wetsuit :) If you've got a spare bit of floor area on Saturday night then I'm happy to stay with you guys, otherwise I'll cam...
by Craig
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

12:30 suits me well, might be able to sneak in a quick ski in the morning :P We can make the paddle on Sunday as short or as long as we want, so a late start time is fine. The river will always be liquid ice regardless of the time of day. A run from the top end of the picnic area down to the take ou...
by Craig
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:16 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

Sounds good Steve. What time do you want to meet up on Saturday?

Btw, does anyone happen to have a spare raft lying around (long shot, I know)? One of my mates would be interested in coming if he could borrow/hire some gear.
by Craig
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

Steve, for the Indi (Upper Murray) you put in and take out in the vicinity of the Tom Groggin picnic area, around 25km west of Thredbo. There are two options for the put in; a 2km walk in from the Alpine Way on an old vehicle track, or put in at the southernmost point of the picnic area (accessible ...
by Craig
Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:34 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

Yeah and don't worry about paying park entry either, just ask for a transit pass at the gate as the NPWS ticket inspectors rarely venture past Thredbo.

The Tuross sounds pretty sweet if the level gets high enough. Where are the put in and take out points?
by Craig
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

Usually the Khancocan to Cabramurra Road is closed until October, so access to the Tooma could be an issue?
by Craig
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14645

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

I'm interested, depending on where you're going to paddle. There's some good water for beginners around Tom Groggin, it's easy to do multiple runs in a day there as the car shuffle is quite short. The Swampy Plains River through Devils Grip Gorge could be worthwhile, though I haven't paddled this be...
by Craig
Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Seat Valve & Floor Abrasion
Replies: 8
Views: 6093

Seat Valve & Floor Abrasion

Got back from a paddle this afternoon and noticed some abrasions on the floor of my Yak. http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss62/craigdphotobucket/Summer%202011/PackraftFloor.jpg As you can see, the spot on the left has actually torn through, creating a small hole about 2mm in diameter. These abrasi...
by Craig
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 5903

Re: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia

That's a fantastic video Roman. Thanks for sharing it with us!