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by johnopower
Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs
Replies: 21
Views: 18117

Re: Packs

Thanks for the insight, Roman. I'd been looking at the Expedition and Porter packs against some other brands, but your (and Forrest's) notes are tipping me toward the HMG kit. And yeah, great idea with the daisy chain.
by johnopower
Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Picks of NT
Replies: 2
Views: 1202

Re: Picks of NT

Nice post, Jeremy! Water Buffalo fighting near your tent sounds bloody intense, but probably less so than practicing eskimo rolls in water with large crocs! Kudos to you, Hell-Man! Great news that Ella is so in love with gear that she was willing to fend off buffalos to pack up :)
by johnopower
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New to Packrafting Melbourne
Replies: 18
Views: 5076

Re: New to Packrafting Melbourne

Mark, Sorry for not getting in contact sooner! Rob and I are planning an overnight trip on weekend July 21/22 in Vic. At this stage thinking Thomson, but we are open to any other ideas, happy to be guided by what you think would be a good paddle, really. We are beginners but keen and probably over-c...
by johnopower
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs
Replies: 21
Views: 18117

Re: Packs

A follow up on the Osprey Talon 44 is that after a year or so of use, the base has started to cut up and there are now two tears about an inch long down there. I guess its the paddle blades or the round sections of the shaft that are cutting it. I'm going to try sewing a layer of cordura onto the ba...
by johnopower
Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Acheron paddle, near Buxton, Vic
Replies: 3
Views: 2673

Acheron paddle, near Buxton, Vic

This sunday gone, a mate and I paddled a section of the Acheron that goes from just south of Buxton to about 7km north, right alongside the Cathedral ranges in Victoria. We paddled the section outlined in the "Paddle Southeastern Australia - Vic and Murray" book http://www.bookshop.vic.gov.au/genera...
by johnopower
Tue May 22, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6179

Re: Multisport with packraft

I've done a bit of work on something around this sort of thing. If you guys want to PM me your email addresses, I can send you through some initial thoughts! Low key, it ain't, but I think definitely worthwhile.
by johnopower
Sun May 20, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6179

Re: Multisport with packraft

Johno, were you thinking of a section of river that has some reasonable low grade rapids? I guess that would be ideal in a sense and I haven't been involved in any adventure racing so I'm assuming you mean something very similar in style. Organising a low key "Gentleman's agreement" style event wou...
by johnopower
Tue May 15, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Bigger blue(s)
Replies: 7
Views: 3598

Re: Bigger blue(s)

My mate and I went to the back beach at Rye a couple of months ago, and took the rafts out. We were having a blast, as mentioned above, the rafts catch waves very easily. I'm not a surfer so dont really know the size of what were were in, but I guess up to about 5ft the rafts are awesome, and paddli...
by johnopower
Tue May 15, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6179

Re: Multisport with packraft

Great thought provoking post mate! I agree with Steve on the flatwater paddle too. I have done a slightly longer daily distance on the Colo but that has the odd rapid to speed things up. 33klm flat paddle is a tough day, especially in the time frame you did. Awesome. I actually had this slightly se...
by johnopower
Wed May 09, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6179

Multisport with packraft

I've really enjoyed reading Luc Mehl and Roman's accounts of their adventures involving hiking, rafting, biking, and whatever else. I'd absolutely love to be able to do similar sorts of things here in Australia, but we just don't seem to have the terrain and certainly no organised events. I'm keen c...
by johnopower
Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4922

Re: Packraft Training

Another PM headed your way :)
by johnopower
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Melbourne CBD lunchtime paddles?
Replies: 1
Views: 1291

Melbourne CBD lunchtime paddles?

Howdy crew, I've just run a first loop of paddling the Yarra and Docklands at lunchtime. From the north bank of the Yarra at Spencer St to Bolte Bridge, and back to Docklands for take out was approx 50min paddle (about 3.5km). I was back at my desk and showered inside 80mins and was greeted with thi...
by johnopower
Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Canberra packrafter
Replies: 5
Views: 1604

Re: New Canberra packrafter

Ah great news that you are in the Can and rafting!

I will be back in July/August this year. Looking forward to be back, and now also to meeting you.

I'm keen to give Queanbeyan river a go soon... apparently there is some nice water between Can and Quean.
by johnopower
Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 18
Views: 9902

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

I just about jumped through the wall with excitement when I saw this the other day http://shop.bivysack.com/product.sc?productId=99&categoryId=6 It's pretty much what I think of as ideal for sleeping on a raft, though its also something that I should be able to make myself (perhaps with longer netti...
by johnopower
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Melbourne Pack Rafter
Replies: 2
Views: 1450

Re: New Melbourne Pack Rafter

Welcome!

I'm looking forward to some group paddles down this way, too.
by johnopower
Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs
Replies: 21
Views: 18117

Re: Packs

I use an Osprey Talon 44. Its fine as a walk with raft pack ,and is ok for riding a bike, too. The best thing about it, and really the only thing that "tests" it is running with it loaded. I like to jog an hour or so up stream from my house and paddle back down. The hip belt and frame really seem to...
by johnopower
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 5263

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

Bah! I can't do this weekend but the late Feb weekend might be a good date. We are headed up to Canberra around that time for a long-ish weekend and a day trip on a river would be tops.
by johnopower
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: One or two paddlers
Replies: 5
Views: 3726

Re: One or two paddlers

Some mates and I took a trip on the Yarra at Wonga Park a few weekends ago, at relatively high flow. There were three of us (all around 70-80kg and 5'10" to 6'1") and two Lamas... Lots of jumping out of boats, swapping craft, etc but also a lot of playing around with position of the second person to...
by johnopower
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packrafting with Baby
Replies: 6
Views: 3999

Re: Packrafting with Baby

Hey there, Hig! I'm keen to hear if you have any updates on your system for packrafting with little fellas. We have a one year old and I'm keen to get her in the raft with me. I've had a fair few hours paddling mine in different conditions over the past year and feel OK about paddling with her on fl...
by johnopower
Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 3173

Re: TR: Kosciuszko to the Coast

Wow! Longest and best blog post i've read in ages. Are you in Melbourne? Well done on a great trip and report!
by johnopower
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: FREAKOUT!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1419

Re: FREAKOUT!!

Bah! I just left canberra, and i was in a similar position to you, not knowing anyone who had a raft. I am 186cm and the DL is a good fit. Being a bit taller and into white water, i think you def need the DL. And i guess a longer paddle. I will be back on canberra sooner or later and will be keen fo...
by johnopower
Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: melbourne-seymour-tahbilk retutrn bikeraft
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

melbourne-seymour-tahbilk retutrn bikeraft

I am keen for a one day trip on the goulburn, leaving spencer st on the train at 7.30 am or so and returning 13 or so hours later. Plan is to train to seymour, ride to put in point to be determined, paddle 4 or 5 hours to tahbilk winery, have some lunch there before riding back to seymour for a retu...
by johnopower
Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park
Replies: 6
Views: 2293

Re: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park

Sounds like a great mini trip, Andrew! Are there any spots around Yarra Bend that have interesting water? It really is great to be able to get away so quickly.
by johnopower
Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 18
Views: 9902

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

I have a Terra nova competition tent and multimat that together weigh around 1050g or so and pack up small. There are some really light tents around that mean they can still be an option for all but the most pared down trips. Let us know how the hammock goes!