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by MikeC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts
Replies: 7
Views: 275

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: 250

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: 7
Views: 275

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: 262

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: 75

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: 301
Views: 85679

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: 3163

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: 301
Views: 85679

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: 140

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: 301
Views: 85679

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: 82

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: 301
Views: 85679

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: 108

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: 171

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: 253

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: 243

West Fork Bruneau

by MikeC
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 504

Re: Alpackalypse for sale.

This boat has sold.
by MikeC
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 301
Views: 85679

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: 200

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: 504

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: 507

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: 507

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: 421

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: 1128

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: 325

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: 421

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: 295

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: 295

Sawyer paddle for sale.

sold.
by MikeC
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Low Flow Chetco.
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

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: 821

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: 3163

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: 353

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: 1484

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: 1660

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: 301
Views: 85679

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: 301
Views: 85679

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: 292

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: 301
Views: 85679

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 24, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Best fit Alpacka for bike-rafting/touring?
Replies: 5
Views: 1819

Re: Best fit Alpacka for bike-rafting/touring?

I'd get the Alpaca, or Yak at the most. Plenty of space for anything you can possibly carry on your back, but no added fabric bulk/weight to pack and haul on the bike. Llama and Mule are just huge in a relative sense, with no real benefit for what you want to do. My GF is 5'7", in an Alpaca, and she...
by MikeC
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka CuriYak for sale.
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Alpacka CuriYak for sale.

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

http://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com/2016/ ... -sale.html

Thanks for looking,

MC
by MikeC
Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Dirty Devil early April
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Dirty Devil early April

We ran it last weekend at 110cfs. Barely runnable. Couldn't enjoy the scenery because you were so focused on staying the micro-channels.

Ended up taking out early and using a different exit than planned.

I've run it at 150 and I should have known better. I'll go back for 200 and up.
by MikeC
Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Grand Canyon
Replies: 28
Views: 15224

Re: Grand Canyon

A year later we went back for more. Very hard to get 'enough' of the Grand. Not even sure what that would feel like?


Full writeup with pics and words here:

https://mikesee.exposure.co/little-bit-grand


Main video here:




Hermit here:




Cheers,

MC
by MikeC
Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 301
Views: 85679

Re: Youtube Videos!

Grand Canyon 2016.





Full details/words/stills/links here:

https://mikesee.exposure.co/little-bit-grand
by MikeC
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Looking for packrafting partners in Colorado
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Looking for packrafting partners in Colorado

If you mean the Gunny Gorge, it is a good one. Easy hike if you go in Chukar, harder if you go in Warner. Better scenery the higher in you start. Largely II+ with a few III+ and one that might approach IV-. Runs year round, at a great flow right now. Dark Canyon is also a good hike in/float out, as ...
by MikeC
Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Looking for packrafting partners in Colorado
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Looking for packrafting partners in Colorado

Curious which trips you've got your eyes on?

I do a bit of boating around CO and UT, but trips where packrafts are needed for access or egress have been few/far between thus far.
by MikeC
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Willow
Replies: 1
Views: 2155

Re: Upper Willow

Thanks to you and Trip for taking me in/showing me down this summer. Not sure if I was ready, but now that I know, I'll go back every chance I get. Incredibly beautiful in those moments that you can stop holding your breath and look around. Lots of Willow clips in here: 131969465 and here: 108092536
by MikeC
Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Cataract Canyon by bike and foot.
Replies: 1
Views: 1751

Cataract Canyon by bike and foot.

From back in September.



Full details here: http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2015/11/ ... ty-to.html
by MikeC
Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Cataract - a West Side Story
Replies: 4
Views: 2044

Re: Cataract - a West Side Story

Nice one Dave--glad it finally all came together.

I checked your pics, twice actually, and am still a bit puzzled that you posted a TR on the packrafting forum without a single picture of boating in progress...

;)