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by johnz1967
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packrafting Iceland
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: Packrafting Iceland

If you haven't seen it already, my post of runs done a couple years ago is viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5276
by johnz1967
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 6989

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

FYI there are some issues with access at what was the normal take-out (atv trail at bottom of steep hill on Yoder). Apparently that was private property and the new owner is apparently building a home/cabin as there is a driveway, a chain, and NT signs in place of that atv trail. Further downstream ...
by johnz1967
Sun May 29, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Iceland
Replies: 0
Views: 1839

Iceland

Best info I could find online is a Icelandic WhiteWater custom google map https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1Wf5q9tawx5uU9vB-fNORRVLyXSQ&hl=en_US . From what I could tell, and perhaps influenced by the high spring melt water encountered, the creator was not loose with class grading. So even s...
by johnz1967
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lower Eagle River
Replies: 8
Views: 3629

Re: Lower Eagle River

Campground rapids is now do-able, water seemed to raise up a few inches overnight. Expect a bit of butt-scooting and rock ping pong, but not a terrible amount. The right chute is the only one that allows for uninterrupted paddling. Just did multiple runs only of CG, looked like anything above would ...
by johnz1967
Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Towing a small raft with a packraft
Replies: 3
Views: 1414

Re: Towing a small raft with a packraft

Done it for short distances when somebody gets tired or wants a break paddling. Shouldn't be a problem for the most part on flat water. The only times it might get annoying is if, assuming the towed raft is lighter overall, there is a tailwind and the towed raft wants to overtake yours getting in th...
by johnz1967
Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: First time packraft for one/two people?
Replies: 3
Views: 1817

Re: First time packraft for one/two people?

I have a predecessor to the Fjord Explorer that was retrofitted with a spray deck. The spray deck zips completely off if desired. I'm guessing that is how it would be with a new one straight from the factory, but double check that with them. I like the bigger size, to me it is more stable in ww, in ...
by johnz1967
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: packraft lifespan questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

packraft lifespan questions

Have two older Alpackas still in use. One is from back when they came out of Sheri's shed off 36th and when the big one was called the "Row'r" (2005 or 06), retrofitted with a spray-deck, primarily used for mini-expeditions carrying gear or a bike. The other is from just after the move (2007 or 08?)...
by johnz1967
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Re: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?

So I'll post what I know now as it seems like earlier intel had disappeared. Red-gate to Shirley Town section... Put-in: Drive with the famed red-gate, left side as coming up HP road from Willow, approx 6.5 mi in, 3/4 mile past Susitna Sled and Kayak (which is on the right). This is private property...
by johnz1967
Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Re: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?

Thanks!
by johnz1967
Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Any Willow (red-gate) updates?
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Any Willow (red-gate) updates?

Couldn't find any recent willow updates on here (correct me if I'm blind) for the red-gate to shirley bridge section. Anything new? Specifically access on the pvt prop at redgate and strainers, sweepers, and other things that might try to kill us.
by johnz1967
Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Older unskirted Explorer
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Re: Older unskirted Explorer

by johnz1967
Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Older unskirted Explorer
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Older unskirted Explorer

I listed an extra raft on eBay. Apologies, and I will remove, if posting that here is uncool. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alpacka-Pack-Raft-/191344601078?
by johnz1967
Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Riley Creek, Denali NP
Replies: 5
Views: 5358

Re: Riley Creek, Denali NP

Ran last Thursday. Nenana @ Healy was 10.3 and I noticed the water was moderately low at the takeout pre-hike, thought it was going to be pretty bony boring higher up, but not to fear. Certainly not death-defying but 90 mintues of splish-splash entertainment. Minimal butt scraping. Hiked from Riley ...
by johnz1967
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Crow / Glacier (Girdwood) Warning
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Re: Crow / Glacier (Girdwood) Warning

The answer is: wide open! Thank you (presumably) chain-saw fairies or Mother Nature. Touch of wood about 100 feet down from where the footbridge used to be, a piece of steel railing or something in the middle just as the canyon closes in, otherwise all good. This really puts the icing back on the ca...
by johnz1967
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Crow / Glacier (Girdwood) Warning
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Re: Crow / Glacier (Girdwood) Warning

Does anybody know if this jam-up got cleared in the past year? Or got worse? If not will try to scout it from the bluff if possible today.
by johnz1967
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Eagle River
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Eagle River

Did Juneau's Eagle River today. Hiked up Amalga Trail about 4 miles, bushwhacked a few hundred feet just past where the trail gets close to the river again after skirting around the swampy area. I don't know conditions above that point or whether can put in at the lake and start there, "Falls" on my...
by johnz1967
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Mendy Laps
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Re: Mendy Laps

Ran this last night just as the water was rising from the ice-dam breakup, around 10 on the Loop Bridge gage. Didn't have many rocks to worry about as they were almost all washed out, nice large (for a packraft) waves. Put in at the glacier via the ice-cave trail, minimized time at the glacier due t...
by johnz1967
Mon May 05, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lower Eagle River
Replies: 8
Views: 3629

Re: Lower Eagle River

There is one freshly downed tree in the right chute at Campground Rapids. Its not very big, but it is strategically located. A two-man crew approaching from the "other" side with safety rope and a handsaw could make short work of it. I had no problems getting to the left chute with today's low water...
by johnz1967
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:50 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 6989

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

if i thought Montana would be a little mellow at a moderately low 5.24 on a nice sunny fall day (Friday Oct 4) for somebody that has run it a few times already, I was sorely mistaken. Rocks come out to play havoc with maintaining balance and direction. Upside down entering the canyon, had to abandon...
by johnz1967
Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Sedona??
Replies: 4
Views: 1461

Sedona??

I think my knowledge of the area along with internet searching already gives me the answer, but I'll throw this out there.. Looking for a day trip around Sedona, during fall (yeah, I know, dry season, this is going downhill quickly), class iii -ish. Maybe Flagstaff area? Most of what I see in Kayake...
by johnz1967
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Crow / Glacier (Girdwood) Warning
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Crow / Glacier (Girdwood) Warning

Hey, for those familiar with the Crow put-in of this run (about 1/2 mile above the hand tram) and the footbridge to a mining camp that was at the put-in point, that footbridge apparently managed to get washed away during the spring floods. It has now set up shop as the focal point to a full width bl...
by johnz1967
Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:29 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Gulkana River
Replies: 4
Views: 2333

Re: Gulkana River

Some additional notes, including those from a raft on bike shuttle to bike on raft float perspective... Contrary to hopes of high terrain tundra to bike or hike on, the area around Paxson Lake is full scale brush so the only realistic access from the Paxson Campground to the outlet is to paddle. To ...
by johnz1967
Thu May 23, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Impatient
Replies: 8
Views: 2310

Re: Impatient

Six mile is open for business, first canyon anyway, no non-naviagable wood. Low water either made for holes I don't remember from higher levels, or I still suck at this. Anyway, it owned me (again). But it didn't feel life-threatening, and I think you better paddlers than me (just about everyone) ou...
by johnz1967
Wed May 08, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Impatient
Replies: 8
Views: 2310

Re: Impatient

Add Echo Bend rapids to the list of things still with snow bridges on them. Upstream is (mostly) clear, although buttscraping low in places, for anyone wanting a leisurely hike and float. Hike up from ERNC not too mucky. Hiked to Icicle Creek today but didn't see any reason why even further up would...
by johnz1967
Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Impatient
Replies: 8
Views: 2310

Impatient

I can unhappily report that as of today, April 25, Sixmile is nowhere near doable. Was hoping to shake the rust off in some low water conditions, and the scouting at the put-in gave me hope, but there is still much snow covering it in the first canyon section. Still maybe two weeks out (pure guess o...
by johnz1967
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Jim Creek to Knik Glacier--A bikeraft classic
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

Re: Jim Creek to Knik Glacier--A bikeraft classic

Not being able to follow conventional wisdom, I hatched a plan to get to Knik Glacier via an "easy" route of parking at the old bridge, biking the nice paved Knik road until it ends, and walking/riding/whatever up the drainage from there. Everything went splendidly early, obviously the pavement bike...
by johnz1967
Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River Campground Rapid at High Flow
Replies: 5
Views: 1579

Re: Eagle River Campground Rapid at High Flow

Hats off. Simply amazing photos and I doubt they do justice to reality. These guys ever in the same bar as me they can keep their wallets in back pockets. Hope the kayaker ok and gets back on the horse.
by johnz1967
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Tacoma, WA ?
Replies: 0
Views: 782

Tacoma, WA ?

Will have a couple of days in October in Tacoma, WA (Gig Harbor to be specific). Won't have time to do an all-day expedition, but wondering if there's anything short, sweet, and close to that area. Just in case the packraft makes it into my luggage and it convinces me to ditch family activities.
by johnz1967
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: brushkana
Replies: 5
Views: 1731

Re: brushkana

I can't add anything to the trail situation other than two things: I think any ATV trail in that area is going to be a bog-fest and be cognizant of private property in that area, especially some of the hunting/fishing camps. Its been a few years since http://packrafting.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&...
by johnz1967
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 6989

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

After having a place down the road for a few years now, multiple hiking/scouting missions, and at least one episode of chickening out at the put-in while staring at the falls, I finally summoned enough courage or stupidity to put on my big-boy pull-ups and introduced my own (lame) version of "paddli...
by johnz1967
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 16848

Re: Crow / Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.

Your up to the minute report.. Water level is at a definite heartrate raising sweetspot, about 26.7 today. FWIW reminder you are missing out on the best part of this run if you put in at the handtram (although that is the safer option). From an unmarked trail-pointer post about a 1/2 mile up from th...
by johnz1967
Fri May 04, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova
Replies: 6
Views: 4189

Re: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova

Hey Roman (if he's listening) or anybody... Kennicott/Nizina/Chitina (takeout at Chitina), particularly the Kennicott/Nizina part. Bike-on-raft friendly or a bit too sporting? Trying to avoid a 1/2 day drive just to retrieve a bike at Mccarthy. I don't mind swimming (not that I really want my bike t...
by johnz1967
Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek - A New Twist?
Replies: 2
Views: 865

Re: Montana Creek - A New Twist?

drats
by johnz1967
Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek - A New Twist?
Replies: 2
Views: 865

Montana Creek - A New Twist?

Middle Fork... from the falls. Anybody beat me to this? (I know, stupid question with this crowd but maybe...) Short teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2juSTrbfRY. Left most undone for a future day with more time for scouting (and bushwhacking). Big drop from the first pool may be runnable if on...
by johnz1967
Fri May 27, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chulitna (lower section)
Replies: 3
Views: 1279

Re: Chulitna (lower section)

4-5 hours is probably a good estimate of float time for a packraft, as stated above headwinds would throw that out the window.
by johnz1967
Mon May 16, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chulitna (lower section)
Replies: 3
Views: 1279

Chulitna (lower section)

Just a little report on the last section of the Chulitna since at least the two books I reference don't have much on this section, calling it a take-out for likely more adventurous runs upriver. Was looking for a mellow relaxing day trip to shake the winter rust off and this fit the bill. Nearest ga...
by johnz1967
Fri May 06, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 18003

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Hiked along the rapids from the campsite up to the bend today. Water level is of course low, but the channel is snow free and for the most part appeared runnable except for the opening boulder garden. I wished I had my raft with me, actually looked like fun, in a ha-ha fairlly safe rock avoidance ki...
by johnz1967
Thu May 05, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lower Eagle River
Replies: 8
Views: 3629

Re: Lower Eagle River

Just rode my bike to the cg to scout. CG rapids is now open, and both chutes are probably (barely) runnable, but looks like a lot of rock avoidance and general scraping and scooting. The approach looked even worse for rock scraping. Maybe more fun by weekend or next week?
by johnz1967
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 16848

Crow/Glacier Creek; Girdwood

Just a little update, ran today at around 26. Bloody perfect. The 2-3 minutes above the tram hard to beat for ease of access and closeness to the city for a sweet little intermediate ride. One fairly new sweeper just above hand tram (visible from scouting around the tram overlook) blocking 3/4 of th...
by johnz1967
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Johnson Pass
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Re: Johnson Pass

Thanks Tim! That helps me make up my mind. Hate constant entry/exit!! Really looked sweet from the trail, but I figured something that small in a heavily forested area couldn't be all good.
by johnz1967
Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Johnson Pass
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Johnson Pass

Just went "biking" up Johnson Pass (still a bit of snow on Anchorage side). Seems like the same melting snow and high water level affecting the six-mile festival could be making Bench and Center creeks up the Pass possibilities. Lower parts of Bench (along the trail) looked definitely do-able and fr...
by johnz1967
Wed May 26, 2010 6:44 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Tonsina
Replies: 0
Views: 686

Tonsina

Tonsina Trip Report, Squirrel Creek (Richardson Hwy) to Edgarton Hwy: May 24-25, gauge about 8.4 (low-moderate). Shuttle is 22 miles, enjoyable biking. River mileage 25 per Embick. Having only Embick's book for beta, I assumed that early season water flow would make for a casual splashy camping trip...
by johnz1967
Wed May 12, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 18003

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

With some of the saddest displays of creek paddling ever put on display, along with a 100 foot portage around the most marginal of the rock strainers near the beginning, I pronounce echo bend rapids open for business for the spring. Even with the low water levels, there's enough force going through ...
by johnz1967
Fri May 07, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Kenai Canyon
Replies: 3
Views: 2313

Re: Kenai Canyon

Thanks for (inadvertently) helping me out. When I found out it was still winter at my planned float trip, needed an emergency substitute. Always wanted to do Kenai but not while playing "hookie" with the combat fishing crowd. Didn't know fishing was closed month of May. Made a nice bike up from Hidd...
by johnz1967
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 8603

Re: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!

Questions for those that have done the roll (congrats btw)? Think its possible with gear strapped on top? How much harder, if any, is it to "escape" if need be with the straps and such on? Opinions on actual usability in ww situations? ie pr doesn't glide through stuff like a kayak might, more bounc...
by johnz1967
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solo packrafting?
Replies: 4
Views: 1962

Re: Solo packrafting?

While being in a group has a huge advantage for rescue/first aid/bears/etc, I think in some regards, boating alone can be safer. You go at a pace that is comfortable to you, scout what you want to scout, and portage what you think should be portaged. Your concentration might be a bit more focused wi...
by johnz1967
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Winter Packraft Trips
Replies: 2
Views: 1036

Re: Winter Packraft Trips

Hadn't looked lately to see if its open, maybe the Knik from the old bridge to the new? I don't have any winter pr experience so I am clueless to any additional concerns/hazards, but I am curious also.
by johnz1967
Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Skurka's Return Announced
Replies: 5
Views: 1871

Re: Skurka's Return Announced

If possible, and haven't to my knowledge met either one, can I defend both parties? From somebody who is trying every kind of exercise and physical therapy possible to get a bum knee to a working point of being able to even think about doing what is a major dream of mine, the wilderness classic, I c...
by johnz1967
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitewater safety concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1006

Re: Whitewater safety concerns

Roman, You hit your head cause you are out running things that don't have any water in them anymore this time of year, all rocks, instead of putting your rafts away for the winter like sane people. ;) Actually, we've had some nice days lately and wish I was out there too, damn work place expects me ...
by johnz1967
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitewater safety concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1006

Re: Whitewater safety concerns

I hadn't noticed this, but probably for lack of attention. Anyway, for anybody out there thinking of going commando, from a "Joe Average" perspective, I can attest to Timmy's sentiments. The scratch marks on my helmet remind me of how quickly things can go south, as can watching some of my videos. O...