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by JHypers
Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River
Replies: 11
Views: 6780

Re: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River

Live To Rally & I just completed this trip, with a slight variation on the approach and portage. We began the hike from the Glacier Gap Lake trailhead, which cuts considerable mileage off from starting at Maclaren Summit. After following the excellent ATV trail all the way to Sevenmile Lake, we infl...
by JHypers
Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: West Fork Little Delta River
Replies: 0
Views: 955

West Fork Little Delta River

I and several others recently packrafted this remote Alaska Range river as part of this year's AlaskaCross, June 13-15. Most of us put in at Forotten Creek (3100') which at the low water we encountered provided just enough volume in the clear-running stream to make for an overall swift descent. Butt...
by JHypers
Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Chena-to-Circle Hot Springs (Birch Creek)
Replies: 1
Views: 943

Re: Chena-to-Circle Hot Springs (Birch Creek)

As expected, Birch Creek has very low water right now, but is suitable for packrafts. Canoeists or larger craft trying for a more traditional trip might find themselves lining in several places. The only rapids to consider on Birch are situated in a section from just above Clums Fork to Wolf Creek. ...
by JHypers
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Chena-to-Circle Hot Springs (Birch Creek)
Replies: 1
Views: 943

Chena-to-Circle Hot Springs (Birch Creek)

This post is a bit last minute, but I'm set to do the Hot Springs 100 at a rather leisurely pace starting tomorrow (was going to start today, but I figured the rain would boost the water for Birch a bit, given the May-long dry spell). My truck will be left at Circle HS and my "logistics liaison" wil...
by JHypers
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Trembley Creek to Marion Creek, A haul road loop
Replies: 2
Views: 938

Re: Trembley Creek to Marion Creek, A haul road loop

Just got back from a trip. The bugs were a bit worse on the south side, but honestly not that bad along the river corridors. We slept in a 'mid shelter and I only needed the head net for three of our ten nights out.
by JHypers
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: North Fork Koyukuk via Galbraith Lake/Oolah Valley
Replies: 0
Views: 1314

North Fork Koyukuk via Galbraith Lake/Oolah Valley

I just recently wrapped up a leisurely 10-day packrafting trip that started from the haul road at Galbraith Lake, ending at Bettles with a flight back to Fairbanks. The 50-mile approach to the North Fork begins by hiking up an unnamed creek southeast of Galbraith Lake, which provides great walking t...
by JHypers
Thu May 24, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek Comment Opportunity
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Re: Ship Creek Comment Opportunity

I also decided comment on the issue. The email I sent is listed below. --- Dear Mr. Angeli, I am writing this email to you as a concerned citizen of Anchorage, and as a general adventure enthusiast. I have heard you are involved in the new planning process for "encroachment and sustainment" issues o...
by JHypers
Fri May 18, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: John River to Wild River
Replies: 7
Views: 2564

Re: John River to Wild River

Where do you intend to transition/hike over to the Wild from the John? I haven't floated the Wild but the Upper John is an excellent class II/III float out of Anaktuvuk down to about Wolverine Creek. I would not recommend going past there with a packraft as the John flattens out considerably as it e...
by JHypers
Fri May 18, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Anchorage area boating this weekend
Replies: 0
Views: 517

Anchorage area boating this weekend

Looking for a partner or two to packraft with in the Anchorage area this weekend. Solid Class III boater or better is preferred. I am thinking of checking out Echo Bend on Eagle River, but may be interested in Bird Creek or Six Mile. Haven't done the later two before, so I'll only consider floating ...
by JHypers
Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:03 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Inflate Bag repair - quick fix
Replies: 1
Views: 1585

Inflate Bag repair - quick fix

This may not be an issue for most folks, but occasionally (as was the case with yours truly) packrafters may encounter a situation where their inflate bag fails in field, provoking hideous thoughts of having to blow it up solely with their lungs...and since I'd wager most river-runners don't have th...
by JHypers
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 16630

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Gauge Height: 3.25 ft. Flow: 308 cfs I thought it might have been a bit late in the season to catch Echo Bend without the boniness getting way out of hand. I proved myself wrong this afternoon. Had I actually read the initial post for this thread before this evening after the run, I might have been ...
by JHypers
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lower Eagle River
Replies: 8
Views: 3202

Re: Lower Eagle River

Anyone done Bridge-to-Bridge recently (past week or so)? I'm more wondering what the run is like during low water, as I've never done it before.
by JHypers
Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Seat Valve & Floor Abrasion
Replies: 8
Views: 4997

Re: Seat Valve & Floor Abrasion

This problem is definitely what plagues the Alpackas. Just this week I put a large patch on the bottom of my Yak, partly to make the repair I did in the field a few months back permanent, also to reinforce that area with another layer of PVC. Not only did I put a hole in the exact spot where the sea...
by JHypers
Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddle on a plane
Replies: 7
Views: 2842

Re: Paddle on a plane

I can easily see folks with one-piecers getting screwed by the airlines with their "oversize" baggage rules. Since a one-piece paddle is about the same length (or longer) as a pair of skis, I know that'll fall into the oversize category. They go by luggage dimensions, and anything big enough to hold...
by JHypers
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: packable pfd
Replies: 1
Views: 1759

Re: packable pfd

Chris... It largely depends on what type of packrafting you'll be doing as to what an appropriate PFD will be. If you're using the packraft just as a tool (river crossings, lake paddling, fishing) I would suggest an inflatable Type V PFD such as those made by Mustang Survival. They come in either a ...
by JHypers
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 29
Views: 16089

Re: Packraft Rescue Training

Will there be a WRT with packraft-specifics scheduled for spring/summer 2012 in Anchorage?