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by AeroNautiCal
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Two-Pound Packrafting Kit
Replies: 1
Views: 1345

Re: Two-Pound Packrafting Kit

Excellent!

I particularly liked the neat paddles.
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: North by North West - Stac Polly by Packraft (Scotland)
Replies: 3
Views: 3066

Re: North by North West - Stac Polly by Packraft (Scotland)

Hello Crow,

Nice to see another SOTP member on here, (I'm Helixpteron on SOTP).

Outstanding photo's, thanks for sharing.
by AeroNautiCal
Sat May 04, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hig and Ellen on British Television
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: hig and Ellen on British Television

Erin... It's Erin! That apart, I was at a friends house and as one of their children changed the TV channel, I suddenly shouted, "That's Erin and Hig!", and asked the child to switch back to the channel I'd just seen a fleeting clip of. Alas too late! Whilst I'm eternally grateful that I don't own a...
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: with a kid in a cruiser deck llama?
Replies: 6
Views: 1682

Re: with a kid in a cruiser deck llama?

Very, very impressive!
by AeroNautiCal
Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:44 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Lightweight PFD
Replies: 18
Views: 16195

Re: Lightweight PFD

Stormy Seas short vests were my choice, I got two of them.
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Alpacka Raft Cargo Fly
Replies: 17
Views: 10961

Re: The Alpacka Raft Cargo Fly

I'm in awe at the continuous innovation that originates from Alpacka!

Just when you thought that it can't get any better... It does, in quantum leaps!

<Note to self, gotta start saving!>
by AeroNautiCal
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big City Bikerafts
Replies: 1
Views: 1229

Re: Big City Bikerafts

I hope you paid for your advert...
by AeroNautiCal
Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY Spray Deck
Replies: 14
Views: 16087

Re: DIY Spray Deck

Glad to hear that you are safe.

When (if) you feel able to, would you consider sharing your experience with your homemade spray deck in more detail?

Thanks.
by AeroNautiCal
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First thing to do with a packraft?
Replies: 3
Views: 1624

Re: First thing to do with a packraft?

First thing... I couldn't stop grinning!
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GPS logger (very long battery life)?
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Re: GPS logger (very long battery life)?

Perhaps also ask on GTT via the contact page.
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: looking for insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 977

Re: looking for insurance

I would consider asking the ACA, and other canoe/kayak/watersports organizations.

http://www.americancanoe.org/
by AeroNautiCal
Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Bikerafting
Replies: 34
Views: 24411

Re: Bikerafting

^^ Does he give you discount for your advertising?
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: with a kid in a cruiser deck llama?
Replies: 6
Views: 1682

Re: with a kid in a cruiser deck llama?

It's funny you should mention that, Chris. When my friend's little girl asked if she could come out with me in my boat, I bought a Dory/Explorer so that we'd both have a bit more room and comfort, and my Llama and it's deck would stay intact for longer. http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixp...
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft vs. Alligator?
Replies: 4
Views: 2727

Re: Packraft vs. Alligator?

I'm guessing that in a Packraft -v- Alligator attack situation, the Packrafter has a very, very bad day! Image

Remember Hendrik Coetzee...
by AeroNautiCal
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Alpacka floor tear
Replies: 1
Views: 1198

Re: Alpacka floor tear

If I was going to stick on a repair panel, I'd use some floor fabric. I'm sure Alpacka would sell you some.
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:12 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packrafting in Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 2541

Re: Packrafting in Belgium

Looks like you had a great time!

Is your raft a Llama?
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: NRS packraft
Replies: 3
Views: 3052

Re: NRS packraft

Big Mitch wrote:...I suggest that you buy a fully tricked out Alpacka right off the bat because you will never grow out of it...
I did exactly that!

I reasoned that a spec'd Denali LLama would more than exceed all my needs, expectations and abilities, it's my (aquatic) all terrain vehicle!
by AeroNautiCal
Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 15
Views: 6663

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

Using the raft as a sleeping pad was found to cause premature deterioration of the hull fabric.
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Two Drysuit Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1228

Re: Two Drysuit Questions

It's 'Home'... A long Trek Home.
by AeroNautiCal
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oar locks for packrafts
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: oar locks for packrafts

No need to improvise, my Dory/Explorer came with them as standard.
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packrafting in the UK – Clothing
Replies: 4
Views: 3547

Re: Packrafting in the UK – Clothing

Then post in Swap Shop rather than Packrafting Gear!
by AeroNautiCal
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: pending government shutdown...
Replies: 1
Views: 824

Re: pending government shutdown...

I was listening to this being discussed on the BBC World Service, and it was said that unless there was a breakthrough, National Parks would be closed.

If that's the case, then I'd assume there may be a whole raft (sorry!) of closures, restrictions and knock on effects.
by AeroNautiCal
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 7253

Re: Ideal for beginners?

Horsey, You should check the 'Swap Shop > For Sale' section, as there's a Decked 2010 Denali Llama IN THE UK! Chris S is upgrading to a 2011 'Llama, and used Alpacka Rafts in the UK are extremely rare... I think I got the last one (a brand new Dory/Explorer). http://www.packrafting.org/forums/viewto...
by AeroNautiCal
Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Naming A Packraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 1414

Re: Naming A Packraft?

My yellow Denali Llama is named "Pythagoras Snapdragon" and my Dory/Explorer is named "Amber". I bought the Dory/Explorer to take my friends child out in, and the boat's named by, and after her. I'd named my little yellow Mini (not the BMW version) "Pythagoras Snapdragon" and my Llama inherited the ...
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Drysuit on expedition?
Replies: 3
Views: 2585

Re: Drysuit on expedition?

I waiting to see the Alpacka Dry Suit, which should be great for the 'Rafts. The Reed site has this to say on their their dry suits... "Finally this dry suit has been designed for surface paddling, it will keep you dry if you should occasionally come out of your boat and go into the water. It is not...
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Rannoch Moor, Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Re: Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Fantastic photo's and trip report, thanks for sharing.

Your trip has whet my appetite to visit Scotland even more, it looks like it could be a good place to try out a Grand Shelter's Icebox too.
by AeroNautiCal
Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Journey on the Wild Coast documentary
Replies: 2
Views: 915

Re: Journey on the Wild Coast documentary

Sign up here, https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewfor ... Q28xR1E6MQ to get an update for the DVD release.
by AeroNautiCal
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 8
Views: 4387

Re: Helmets?

I use a Pro-Tec Full Cut Classic Water Helmet, though I've only used it on slow moving water and (thankfully) not tested its impact absorption capabilities! It fits perfectly, is extremely light and comfortable, and affords as much protection as is possible with this type of helmet. It works for me....
by AeroNautiCal
Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where It All Began...
Replies: 15
Views: 4749

Where It All Began...

I just came across this book which seems to be the history, development and usage of what we've come to know (and love) as the Packraft! http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/character0248.gif http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/_1275788121479.png Book Description The O...
by AeroNautiCal
Tue May 18, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 93906

Re: Youtube Videos!

Great video of a great trip! Image
by AeroNautiCal
Fri May 07, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: In the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 940

Re: In the UK

I found it easiest to speak with Alpacka Raft and buy my Denali Llama directly. Highly recommended! http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/happy0034.gif No one has more experience in shipping Rafts worldwide, and its a really straightforward process, just like buying in the UK, except t...
by AeroNautiCal
Tue May 04, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD
Replies: 6
Views: 6814

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD

That first photo screams out 'Caption Competition'. Image

Seriously, they look great, a very professional appearance, and the spraydeck's look good too.
by AeroNautiCal
Tue May 04, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Retrofitting a spray deck
Replies: 10
Views: 6961

Re: Retrofitting a spray deck

Andrew, that's a very neat looking installation! Image

Your poor daughter, press ganged into helping her father, then shown to the world (of Packrafters)! Image
by AeroNautiCal
Mon May 03, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Retrofitting a spray deck
Replies: 10
Views: 6961

Re: Retrofitting a spray deck

Looking at your web-site I find information on the 2009 model. What's new with the 2010 models (both spray deck(I have heard that the new model it is "totally" removable!) and boats versus 2009 models)). Maybe you should update your web-site to contain more info. regarding 2010-models?. I bet Sheri...
by AeroNautiCal
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: WTB: Yukon Yak or Denali Llama
Replies: 2
Views: 2867

Re: WTB: Yukon Yak or Denali Llama

argonaut wrote:Couldn't wait....went ahead and bought a couple new.
Congratulations! Image
by AeroNautiCal
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Any News On The Alpacka Drysuit
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

Re: Any News On The Alpacka Drysuit

After reading 'A Long Trek Home', I'm definitely going to wait for this, I doubt that there's been a more thoroughly tested outfit made. Image
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Klymit Inflatable Vest = Ultralight PFD?
Replies: 1
Views: 1793

Re: Klymit Inflatable Vest = Ultralight PFD?

I'd want to confirm that the cubic capacity of gas would be sufficient to support an incapacitated wearer (in the water) . My Stormy Seas vest has way more capacity than this vest appears to have, though any buoyancy is better than none. I'm not that keen on carrying additional cylinders, and any in...
by AeroNautiCal
Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forums Mission & Commercial Policy
Replies: 2
Views: 1728

Re: Forums Mission & Commercial Policy

Very Well Done ! http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/happy0034.gif http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/clap.gif Respect to Alpacka Raft for creating Packrafting as we know it today, you made all happen! http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/happy0054.gif
by AeroNautiCal
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Air Mattress Flooring
Replies: 12
Views: 5145

Re: Air Mattress Flooring

justaddfuel wrote:What about some strategically placed omnitape/velcro? could play double duty on the pad by allowing you to velcro a quilt to it.
Nah! It'd get in the way of paddling! Image
by AeroNautiCal
Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 3039

Re: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

I reckon that when buying my Llama, Shaggy thought I was paranoid/a lunatic/overly cautious/all of the above, due to the spare Patch-N-Go kits, caps, inflation bags, Aquaseal, Tyvek tape and hull fabric I wanted to buy! http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv29/helixpteron/happy0009.gif The funny thin...
by AeroNautiCal
Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helly Hansen Inflatable PFD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2417

Re: Helly Hansen Inflatable PFD?

What you do is.... Look up a company like this, http://www.tyreinflators.co.uk/ which supply CO2 cylinders for a wide range of applications. (Obviously look one up in your area , State or country!). I buy my cylinders from Tyre Inflators here in the UK, and the price is pennies, even with mailing co...
by AeroNautiCal
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 93906

Re: Youtube Videos!

Hey' Denny, Whilst the thread title is Youtube Videos! I think you'll find the idea is that they're kinda related to Packrafts! You know, this being THE Packraft Forum an all! Perhaps you were looking for the Cups Appreciation Society, here, https://secure.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=5049494312 ht...
by AeroNautiCal
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helly Hansen Inflatable PFD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2417

Re: Helly Hansen Inflatable PFD?

Yup, I have two Stormy Seas EXP100 Expedition Vests (the ones with lots of pockets) and they're great. They do 'em without lots of pockets too, all in a variety of colours, and with an oral inflation/top up tube. The design, materials and build quality of these Vests is excellent. http://i666.photob...
by AeroNautiCal
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Lightweight packrafting gear
Replies: 2
Views: 1781

Re: Lightweight packrafting gear

adrian.nz wrote:there are several river knives with a blunt tip, but I wanted one with a point so I could easily puncture the raft if needed.
Er'..... Why would you want to puncture your Packraft? :shock:
by AeroNautiCal
Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 3039

Re: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

For the weight and bulk of carrying a spare cap, I can't imaging why its not part of your Packraft repair kit!
by AeroNautiCal
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: PFD reccomandation for Yukon YAk
Replies: 2
Views: 1108

Re: PFD reccomandation for Yukon YAk

Have yourself a look at Stormy Seas inflatable vests, http://www.stormyseas.com/vests.html . I have a couple of the EXP100 Expedition Vests, there's little point in having an ultralight Packraft and paddle if your PFD weighs a lot and is bulky, short vests tend to work well with spray decks too. Its...
by AeroNautiCal
Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Fit of an Alpacka
Replies: 3
Views: 1307

Re: Fit of an Alpacka

This was one of the issues I really focused on as I'm 6' and have a 31" inside leg and would rather use a small dry bag to brace between the treads of my boots and the hull tube, than feel constricted. Injuries to my spine, hip, knee and foot were also a deciding factor. That being said, whitewater ...
by AeroNautiCal
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 93906

Re: Youtube Videos!

That was great!
Reckon that boulder might have been hard work in anything other than an inflatable.
by AeroNautiCal
Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: "How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka
Replies: 10
Views: 5287

Re: "How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka

billybrain wrote:There are much less efficient ways to mount these straps but there are ways to find out the solution of that. We will try to find the solution.
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