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by chrisp
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Steve.....pack rafter & radio personality
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

Steve.....pack rafter & radio personality

Yup! I heard it all. The famous pack rafter Steve, now finally recognised on the airwaves for his tremendous cooking and caravanning restoration skills. Good interview Fish; can't believe they didn't quiz you on your pack rafting skills...maybe that's Part 2 of the interview?!?!
by chrisp
Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Goodradigbee Trip
Replies: 6
Views: 1804

Re: Goodradigbee Trip

OK - lets see if we can do something next weekend (14-15th)...I think there's a little rain on the way too! Maybe Sunday 15? Keep checking the board! 4wd only access (not all wheel drive). I can take three. Cause he can cook good, and I'm always hungry there's already a seat warmed up for Fish de Jo...
by chrisp
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:15 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Goodradigbee Trip
Replies: 6
Views: 1804

Goodradigbee Trip

Took a mate down the Goodradigbee the other day. Him in a PR...me in a kayak. Great day out for him. Two swims, but it was on the upper limit for PR, unless you are very good paddler. Level was 1.42m at Wee Jasper. It's around 1.2 at the moment which is perfect PRing territory....Easy grade three, w...
by chrisp
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Shoalhaven trip
Replies: 9
Views: 2816

Re: Shoalhaven trip

OK - I was being lazy - and the pictures are lame. But here they are...posted as evidence :)

uh-oh...."sorry, the Board attachment quota has been reached".....what does this mean!?
by chrisp
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Shoalhaven trip
Replies: 9
Views: 2816

Shoalhaven trip

Yo packrafting dudes. Did a two day trip from Great Horseshoe Bend to Bungona the other day. Chose this take out as it shortens the car shuttle to about 30-40minutes. Was great! Nice water level too. Block up Gorge is spectacular...shame the camera ran out of batteries. No portables though, which wa...
by chrisp
Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yo Darren....sent you a PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Re: Yo Darren....sent you a PM

Yee-haa. How nice are the falls there?!?! Not that I have ever laid eyes on teh Opera House Hut...but descended from Olsens (nightmare); and rockhopped up to the falls. Change you plans, head up to the Orange Hut site, frop into Geehi RIver and packraft out...its probably pumping! We should do some ...
by chrisp
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yo Darren....sent you a PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Yo Darren....sent you a PM

Sent you a PM.
by chrisp
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Local trip
Replies: 2
Views: 1501

Local trip

So...canoe up Tumut 1 pondage; walk up Tumut River; camp at Happy Jacks pondage; packraft down Tumut back to canoe; paddle out. Sweet!
by chrisp
Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!
Replies: 5
Views: 1886

Re: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!

Thanks Mark! If the levels are good then I would be kayaking; so I was really wondering how low I can push it by doing it in a Packraft. PRs do seem to manage low water better... the walk out of bungonia would take about 90minutes I reckon up to the top, along the path, so that's pretty easy. Hope i...
by chrisp
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!
Replies: 5
Views: 1886

Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!

Yo. So, not much water hey? Who's got some info on doing a three day trip on the shoalhaven? How far down could I get in three days from oallen? How long would oallen to bungonia ck take (where there is an exit). And I haven't done it below Peggie's, but would it just be a portage-fest in the PR? Wh...
by chrisp
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting trips of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 3415

Re: Packrafting trips of late!

We paddled from McDonalds Flat to Flea Creek. The bit from Brindabella to McDonadls Flat is Grade 2...but can be paddled down to 0.9m....but the gold is McFlat down. I will post an ALERT when the level is up! 4WD low range is a must.
by chrisp
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting trips of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 3415

Re: Packrafting trips of late!

The Big River/Mitta looked promising with more water. Jacobs section? There is a goat track about 3km up from the bridge at the spot where a car can pull off on the river side. Also you can see where the river heads away from the road, and it's at the junction of Thatchers Mountain Creek. The upper ...
by chrisp
Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting trips of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 3415

Re: Packrafting trips of late!

And the big packraft picture.
by chrisp
Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting trips of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 3415

Packrafting trips of late!

Yo! So, apart from my weird Steve dream, I have actually been packrafting also. Some photos of Snowy Creek, upstream of Mitta Mitta (my wife and little boy). This is a great place for the PR. Beautiful river, small rapids but a really nice place to float around...and the rapids while small, were con...
by chrisp
Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Weird packrafting experience
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Weird packrafting experience

So, last night I had a dream about mountain biking...which isn't weird....until Steve (fishdejour) made an appearance in it!!!
That was weird.
by chrisp
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training in Oz with Jim Gonski !
Replies: 42
Views: 9642

Re: Packraft Training in Oz with Jim Gonski !

Can't remember when the training was....but in my humble opinion the snowies is a great place to run it. If all else fails the Lower Snowy has guareenteed water, warm, free campin and even has a grade three creek nearby if there has been a bit of rain. It also has easy rapids that are drop pool and ...
by chrisp
Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Eucumbene...perrrrrrfect.
Replies: 4
Views: 1528

Eucumbene...perrrrrrfect.

Got a run down the Euc yesterday (in a kayak). Just posting this to say (as it has no internet gauge), that the area had a little bit of rain two days before paddling it (3mm); it was a blue sky day; and the level was 0.54m (on the bridge) - which I classify as medium level. So....if you are keen to...
by chrisp
Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Public perceptions of pack rafters!
Replies: 2
Views: 2201

Public perceptions of pack rafters!

So....all a bit quiet; guess its winter! Was browsing for something on another part of the website. Came across the question of someone looking for a metal helmet that you can use to also cook in! Great idea for saving weight!....I think. Just reminded me of pulling stuff out of my gear bag at the t...
by chrisp
Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross River @ good paddle level
Replies: 6
Views: 3173

Re: Tuross River @ good paddle level

Yep! Keen for Sunday....!
by chrisp
Thu May 17, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: WW RAFT - like a packraft...built for 6!
Replies: 0
Views: 840

WW RAFT - like a packraft...built for 6!

Hi guys,

Just putting out feelers, if any knows of a second hand ww raft for sale. Looking at 12-14 footer..ideally a bucket boat, but would consider all options.

Ta.

C
by chrisp
Thu May 03, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: 12 km of Shoalhaven river frontage for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1668

Re: 12 km of Shoalhaven river frontage for sale

Sweet - the 12 people that went on the training course....thats $57K each....!

Who's in?!
by chrisp
Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4630

Re: Packraft Training

This thread is closed....training is now being orgasnied with respondants, offline.

Sorry for anyone who missed out.....numbers got too big.

We can see how this one turns out; if successful, lets do another come spring!
by chrisp
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4630

Re: Packraft Training

OK - for those who responded above, send me a personal message. Then we can organise off line so to speak. Cheers, C
by chrisp
Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4630

Re: Packraft Training

Grasshopper: I had to consider whether PRs require a different technique than other craft in ww. Many elements stay the same, whether you are in a kayak, a raft, a log, a lilo, etc. But I think it would be fair to say there are some things specific to each craft to focus on, with regard to running w...
by chrisp
Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4630

Packraft Training

Hi....I read with great interest the valuable opinions that were brought out within the Penrith WW Centre thread. I concur with many of the viewpoints...but on both sides of the equation. I have significant experience with whitewater...including competitive kayaking (slalom; downriver; rodeo); recre...
by chrisp
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 6637

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Steve - maybe lets leave it then - and you had better go teach your new bike a few lessons about who's in charge !! What bike did you get? And where are ya gonna ride it? Better bring it to Canberra next time!! PS....been thinking about the Goodradigbee. Going through the rapids in my head; I reckon...
by chrisp
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 6637

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

S'pose no one wants to do Tuross again? I"ve never done it>
by chrisp
Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:38 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 6637

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Good section of the Goodradigbee at the right level now (Brindabella to MacDonalds Flat). But its an hour west of Canberra; definite 4WD access to one end...and that was before all the rain; so who knows what it looks like now!)...and only probably 2 hours on water at Grade 2-3. I had a nice paddle ...
by chrisp
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 6637

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Whats the upper cut-off level for you fellas? I looked at the 1.3m YouTube video...being an old kayaker but a new packrafter, at 1.3m, I think I would be far happier in the kayak! Isnt Hillview at 1.83m today? The section above Oallen Ford I have canoed with kids over two days....Grade 1/2...but nic...
by chrisp
Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 3575

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added

Non-rafting trip!?!?! Do tell!
by chrisp
Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 3575

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added

It looks great! Even at that level! Wished I coulda made it....got some free weekends coming up....I will monitor the levels and give you a shout Steve.

C
by chrisp
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 3575

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - all welcome

Sorry - should have said....I cant go this weekend (19) but the next week (as per the original plan). But hey...if the water is up...dont wait for me!!
by chrisp
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 3575

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - all welcome

Hi there! I'm still keen to go if that's OK. Either me or wife anyways; who can look after herself on grade 2 and 3(easy). Little Oskar is not quite up to hitching along in the front of the Xplorer!
by chrisp
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4740

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

Good to hear that you had a good time! did you take a look at either of the gauges? What were they? And when are we carving up the Tuross?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!
by chrisp
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 4740

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

Hi there...well I would be definately keen for the Tuross run (if theres an invite)! Cant make the Euc though :(

Had some packrafting fun up at Nymboida in November.....ahh warm water.
by chrisp
Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR... An Xmas adventure
Replies: 11
Views: 3649

Re: TR... An Xmas adventure

Lovely, except for the end bit (pun intended). May I ask (1) did you go by yourself, if so congrats on doing self portraits in your boat!; and (2) what camera setup do you have..and what's your method of keeping it dry? I notice on your blog you use it a lot in wet and snow conditions. Pelicase? Pad...
by chrisp
Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: First trip success
Replies: 4
Views: 2005

Re: First trip success

Yes - the hanging bridge in the background (as well as the file name) was a bit of a giveaway! Havent tried rolling it yet....too cold for softies like me :) Hmm - no need to do any bracing - feels pretty secure. Tried side surfing it...THAT felt retty weird, as I wasnt able to lift the raft edge at...
by chrisp
Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: First trip success
Replies: 4
Views: 2005

First trip success

After recieving my Llama and Explorer (the latter being better to take our young son - when he's a little less young), it was off to the XXXX River for a packrafting/canoeing/kayaking trip. Heaps of fun....the packrafts (after 28 years of whitewater kayaking) were a dream to paddle. Sort of like a c...
by chrisp
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:10 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14401

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

The first bit would be sweet for a beginner. If you had time, check out the dirt road off to the left (heading upstream toward the put in) right near the hut (the new one on the left as you are heading north). This road winds down to the river, above the Gorge. Leave a car there, drive to the put in...
by chrisp
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 14401

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

Hi Steve, I think I am going to struggle to get there :( Here's my river description of the Euc (based on about 6 runs down at various levels). Starting at the bridge that crosses the Eucumbene...and pulling out at the camping area at then end of the dirt road (umm forget the name of this). Takes (i...
by chrisp
Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: STOP PRESS!
Replies: 5
Views: 1894

Re: STOP PRESS!

The euc section...suicide hole isn't the most difficult rapid on the section. Depending on level, this can be an easy 4 trip....with the section getting pretty continuous at times. Should be a fun trip though, buy must say I would be tempted to take the playboat 
by chrisp
Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: STOP PRESS!
Replies: 5
Views: 1894

Re: STOP PRESS!

Hi steve, got only one, with a deck. I think the second will be the explorer though.....the llama is a bit small in the front for little Oskar. Count me in for a paddle... Though I am interested in the 'where' of both euc and thredbo.
by chrisp
Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: STOP PRESS!
Replies: 5
Views: 1894

STOP PRESS!

I own a fancy new red Denali Llama!

Now.....anyone gonna invite me on a trip! :)

I can bring a 4WD, extensive whitewater paddling and safety knowledge, and an easy going attitude!
by chrisp
Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Jury's out...Explorer or Llama?
Replies: 8
Views: 3912

Re: Jury's out...Explorer or Llama?

Thanks Duncan, Can I ask, in that second photo, the paddlers legs are up and bent. The last thing holding me back from the Llama purchase, is the fear that the more pointy inside of the Llama (as opposed to the Explorer) will not be as nice for your foot comfort, especially with a pack included? Als...
by chrisp
Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Jury's out...Explorer or Llama?
Replies: 8
Views: 3912

Jury's out...Explorer or Llama?

Paddled an old Voyager yesterday (THANKS Steve!)....but still am in a quandry to the upcoming purchase. OK - if I want to paddle whitewater...and flat....and carry a multi day pack...and am 85kg and 6'3"..... Should i get a Explorer (plentry of width at the foot) or the Llama (better on whitewater?)...
by chrisp
Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Gear list?
Replies: 1
Views: 1528

Gear list?

Hi friendly pack rafters! New to packrafting, hoping to sight one near Canberra, prior to the big purchase (of two!). Being 6'3", and keen for the multi day trips, I think I will get a couple of Explorers.....not overkill? While having a heap of whitewater kayaking gear, I am not sure that all of it...
by chrisp
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:47 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Wild Exploration - Far South East Coast NSW
Replies: 5
Views: 2488

Re: Wild Exploration - Far South East Coast NSW

Can Fishdejour please tell me what river this is? Shoalhaven perhaps? Looked GREAT!
by chrisp
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: FREAKOUT!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

FREAKOUT!!

OK - so I am a highly experienced whitewater kayaker....BUT!.......have always hated doing bushwalking trips, and wishing my damn boat wasnt so heavy so I could include kayaking segments on long multi day trips. Enter the packraft!!! So...SUPER KEEN to get one! Or two! So I dont have to go by myself...