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by MikeC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mid-Summer sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Mid-Summer sale.

Cleaning out the attic, the garage, and the corners of the shop. Way overdue.

I just posted a pile of ads at my sale page. Please check 'em out here.

Thanks.
by MikeC
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Savor it, will ya?

I get that not everyone is broasting already this summer. Maybe not even a lotta people. Ganey pinged me from Anchorage yesterday to tell me that Hatcher Pass was at 800% of average snowpack. https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kc7ZaQmowjg/WxoO6I4blZI/AAAAAAAA8kQ/gmnO7hN0oZsTTe3jdPmIGoUbNTZMHbX_gCKgBGAs/s160...
by MikeC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Arkansas River??? Brown's Canyon-Royal Gorge?
Replies: 13
Views: 6035

Re: Arkansas River??? Brown's Canyon-Royal Gorge?

Browns is a great intro to Colorado class III. We've run it as low as 500cfs and as high as 3000. It is a fast-moving riot of waves, holes, and wave trains at 3k. Maybe pushing IV- at that level. Swims could get long. I've run Numbers from 300 to 1200. I feel it is easy class III- to III creeking at...
by MikeC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Slaughterhouse.
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Slaughterhouse.

by MikeC
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Bikerafting Alaska's Lava Coast.

by MikeC
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.

I also shared an opinion on the headspace required for a traverse of this nature, along with a handful of out-takes, here: http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2011/09/lava-coast-adversity-entertainment-and.html Gear geekin' extravaganza here: http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2012/04/lost-and-found-random-g...
by MikeC
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Bikerafting the Lava Coast.

Way back in the summer of 2011 I completed a traverse of a chunk of the Alaska Peninsula with Dave Gray, Pete Basinger, and Brian Blair. I shared a detailed writeup and lots of pics in several chapters after returning: One. Two and three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten, eleven, twelve. Thi...
by MikeC
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Yak for sale, WW deck, Cargo Fly (SOLD!)
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Alpacka Yak for sale, WW deck, Cargo Fly

any holes from cat's claws?
by MikeC
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Grand Canyon of the Elwha.



Pics, words, and details on this trip shared here: https://mikesee.exposure.co/grand-canyon-of-the-elwha
by MikeC
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Grand Canyon of the Elwha.
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Grand Canyon of the Elwha.

Early in September I joined two friends for a late-season trip into Olympic National Park. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0BDBzd7PQkE/Wf1VOAtu8XI/AAAAAAAA39I/xTaDZDQUqJ8QmrxK1XdLGSuzxBtOuh3dACKgBGAs/s1600/8A3A8088.jpg It was my first trip to the peninsula, and, as you'd expect, only made me want to dive...
by MikeC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts
Replies: 10
Views: 1661

Re: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts

Is rolling a practical, valuable skill for packrafters? In other words are there many people out there who can combat roll a packraft when they capsize in a rapid? It seems like even really good, capable boaters are swimming/ wet-exiting when they capsize, not rolling how a hard shell boater would....
by MikeC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka CArgo Net/ rear zipper
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: Alpacka CArgo Net/ rear zipper

I had the very first cargo fly prototype back in (I think) 2012.

I've logged 200+ days/nights of use with them since then. They completely changed the game of multi-day packrafting.

Keep it clean, keep it lubed, and treat it with respect and you'll get many years of use out of it.
by MikeC
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts
Replies: 10
Views: 1661

Re: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts

I agree that the 'lypse rolls easiest.

rolling a packraft requires a modification to standard kayak roll technique. kind of a blend of a sweep and a c to c.
by MikeC
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Using packraft inflation bag to blow up sleeping pad?
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Using packraft inflation bag to blow up sleeping pad?

Depends on which pad/valve. I wrapped a Big Agnes valve with a few laps of electrical tape to solve this years ago. Worked OK. Faster to blow it up by mouth, but easier to do it with the bag.

One advantage to using the bag is that you aren't blowing moisture into your pad with every breath.
by MikeC
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Rockwood Box.
Replies: 0
Views: 427

Rockwood Box.

Not for everyone, and lots of logistics to figure out, but worth it for some.

http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07/ ... d-box.html
by MikeC
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Rockwood Box.

Not for everyone, and lots of logistics to figure out, but worth it for some.

http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07/ ... d-box.html
by MikeC
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.
Replies: 7
Views: 3610

2017 version.

Dark Canyon came and went unceremoniously last week. I couldn't find any packrafters to join me, but was graciously adopted by a hard-boat bunch. Here's the trip report, complete with stills and video: https://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07/open-mind-summit.html Check it when you get a minute or th...
by MikeC
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Open mind summit.

A trip report on Dark Canyon, complete with stills and video, from last week:


https://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07 ... ummit.html


Check it when you get a minute or three.
by MikeC
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Idaho
Topic: MMM.
Replies: 0
Views: 432

MMM.

Marsh Creek, Middle Fork, Main.

We put on at 6.8' and falling.

Trip report with pics, words, and video here:

Big Wheel Building: MMM.
by MikeC
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

MMM.

Marsh Creek, Middle Fork, Main.

We put on at 6.8' and falling.

Trip report with pics, words, and video here:

Big Wheel Building: MMM.
by MikeC
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Urban paddling.
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Urban paddling.

A few words and some POV from a fun day out, here:

Big Wheel Building: Urban paddling.
by MikeC
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Urban paddling.

A few words and some POV from a fun day out, here:

Big Wheel Building: Urban paddling.
by MikeC
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Exploratory: Middle Vallecito Creek
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Exploratory: Middle Vallecito Creek

TR, beta, pics, and video all at the link below.

Exploratory: Middle Vallecito Creek.
by MikeC
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Alpacka cargo fly for ballast
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Alpacka cargo fly for ballast

For big water roadside runs I do exactly this -- add ballast. A sleeping bag or puffy jacket(s) in each twinkie, and maybe a liter or two of water in a dromedary wrapped up inside works well. For lower volume stuff I'll limit it to a liter or two of water in my bow bag, depending on the run. Easy en...
by MikeC
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mellow paddling around Moab?
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Mellow paddling around Moab?

Moab Daily -- many sections of the Colorado that run along the hwy ENE of town. Class III at most, although mostly I and II.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Idaho
Topic: West Fork Bruneau
Replies: 0
Views: 427

West Fork Bruneau

by MikeC
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 619

Re: Alpackalypse for sale.

This boat has sold.
by MikeC
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Re: Youtube Videos!

A few weeks ago I attended the annual Grand Canyon self-support with 8 other likeminded folks. It'll be weeks until I have a chance to sit down and process photos, and probably longer until I've fully processed the whole trip. But I wanted to share a teeny, tiny slice of awesome before winter bleeds...
by MikeC
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Grand Quickie.
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Grand Quickie.

A few weeks ago I attended the annual Grand Canyon self-support with 8 other likeminded folks. It'll be weeks until I have a chance to sit down and process photos, and probably longer until I've fully processed the whole trip. But I wanted to share a teeny, tiny slice of awesome before winter bleeds...
by MikeC
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 619

Alpackalypse for sale.

Full details, pics, specs, and contact info here:

http://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com

Thanks,

MC
by MikeC
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka Alpaca for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Re: Alpacka Alpaca for sale.

Sold.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka Alpaca for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Alpacka Alpaca for sale.

Full details, pics, specs, and contact info here:


http://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com/2017/ ... -sale.html


Please use the contact info found at that link, as I don't check in here often.


Thanks.
by MikeC
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mitchell carbon breakdown paddle
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Re: Mitchell carbon breakdown paddle

Still available, price dropped.
by MikeC
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka Raft with Whitewater Deck and Cargo Fly.
Replies: 7
Views: 1329

Re: Alpacka Raft with Whitewater Deck and Cargo Fly.

I have a lightly used Alpacka(small, red) that I need to find a new home for. It has seven days of use, total. Thigh straps installed via Luc Mehl method. It's the most recent hull/stern shape with the whitewater Alpacka backband and seat cushion. Includes skirt, inflation bag and the two inflatabl...
by MikeC
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Looking for Partners in the PNW (Upper Chetco Expeditions, ect...)
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: Looking for Partners in the PNW (Upper Chetco Expeditions, ect...)

Welcome to the club! I'm nowhere near the PNW or Chetco but I have run it a few times. I just wanted to chime in to say that while it is a stunning place to paddle and gawk, it's not an ideal place to learn about wilderness whitewater. Not very forgiving, and a long way from help when things go side...
by MikeC
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mitchell carbon breakdown paddle
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Mitchell carbon breakdown paddle

197cm, 30*, carbon, bent shaft.

Full details, pics, and contact info here:

http://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com/2017/ ... addle.html
by MikeC
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sawyer paddle for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 397

Re: Sawyer paddle for sale.

Sold.
by MikeC
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sawyer paddle for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 397

Sawyer paddle for sale.

sold.
by MikeC
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Low Flow Chetco.
Replies: 9
Views: 1976

Re: Low Flow Chetco.

I've done it at 700, 900, and 1500. I wouldn't go back for less than 1500.
by MikeC
Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Partner wanted for Gunnison Gorge, CO 25/26 June 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: Partner wanted for Gunnison Gorge, CO 25/26 June 2016

Missed this when you were here.

Did you go? Good trip?
by MikeC
Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.
Replies: 7
Views: 3610

Re: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.

Full-on firehose right now -- I'd guess 2 more weeks yet.

This is the gauge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?s ... 0065,00060

We'll want 700 to 800 at most. 600 is pretty thin.

When it approaches that range drop a line: mike dot curiak at gmail.
by MikeC
Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Looking for Partner. Upper Dolores 6th and 7th
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: Looking for Partner. Upper Dolores 6th and 7th

Wish I'd seen this sooner, Randy. Did you go?

Almost always game for last minute stuff -- ping me directly next time!
by MikeC
Thu May 05, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka CuriYak for sale.
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: Alpacka CuriYak for sale.

Still available, price dropped.

Will consider trade for Gnu.
by MikeC
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Low Flow Chetco.
Replies: 9
Views: 1976

Re: Low Flow Chetco.

I jumped at the chance to go back to the Chetco with more water.





Full TR here: https://mikesee.exposure.co/river-of-dreams
by MikeC
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Re: Youtube Videos!

Oregon's Chetco river:



Full TR here: https://mikesee.exposure.co/river-of-dreams
by MikeC
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Re: Youtube Videos!

Wow, looks like an amazing trip, but I have to say that it really bums me out to see a bike in some of those places. It may meet the letter of the law as you say, but I prefer to see bikes stay on existing trails. But to each his own... at least until the regs change. If we were worried about offen...
by MikeC
Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Fat 'n happy.
Replies: 0
Views: 410

Fat 'n happy.

5 days and nights of desert travel condensed into 7 minutes.





Still pics and some detail can be found HERE.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 94619

Fat 'n happy.

5 days and nights of desert travel condensed into 7 minutes.





Still pics and some detail can be found HERE.