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by mikegaige
Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Rio Santa Cruz, Argentine Patagonia
Replies: 2
Views: 6788

Re: Rio Santa Cruz, Argentine Patagonia

You can see an article in PAtagon Journal of said trip with some photos here:

http://www.patagonjournal.com/index.php ... 68&lang=en

mg
by mikegaige
Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: BackPack bow tiedown setups???
Replies: 3
Views: 6512

Re: BackPack bow tiedown setups???

I originally used a 3/4 inch peice of webbing that ran through the 4 front tie downs like a figure 8. It had a standard backpack clip and then I could crank them down by pulling tight on the tails. This was bomb proof and the raft could tumble in a keeper rapid class 4 for a while and the pack would...
by mikegaige
Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Floating the Yukon in an Alpacka
Replies: 5
Views: 4362

Re: Floating the Yukon in an Alpacka

Hey myself and 3 sons plan on floating the Yukon next summer eagle to circle. My problem so far is how to get from Fairbanks to eagle will our gear and either raft or canoes. Anyone have any suggestions. From North Carolina Fly with Everts AIr. Bring your rafts or fold up canoes on board. Great tri...
by mikegaige
Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Floating the Yukon in an Alpacka
Replies: 5
Views: 4362

Re: Floating the Yukon in an Alpacka

Hi jj, My girlfriend and I floated the Yukon from Eagle to Circle last summer in early August. We too were a little cautious and unsure about the trip given the volume and size of the river. People had told us about the river sucking down trees and spitting them up hundreds of yards downstream. But ...
by mikegaige
Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: Rio Santa Cruz, Argentine Patagonia
Replies: 2
Views: 6788

Rio Santa Cruz, Argentine Patagonia

The Rio Santa Cruz in southern Argentina is a beautiful stretch of high volume, fast moving, non-technical water flowing through the arid Patagonian steppe. Water from the southern Patagonia ice field's large glaciers, Viedma, Upsala, and Moreno, fill Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, before coursing ...
by mikegaige
Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: El Chaten, Patagonia
Replies: 1
Views: 2436

Re: El Chaten, Patagonia

While I was in Chalten at the park office to register for a trek the head ranger came in with steam blowing out his ears asking who had the pack outside with the paddle blades on it. I told them it was mine and he rudely informed me that rafts and paddling in general were not permitted in the park, ...
by mikegaige
Thu May 05, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Bear spray/air horn transport in Alaska
Replies: 1
Views: 1928

Re: Bear spray/air horn transport in Alaska

Hi Kevin- Bear spray can be brought on small company flights and bush flights in ALaska, though it is up to the pilot and they usually put them in a separate compartment in the plane. This is true of bear spray, fuel, and other compressed gas. I imagine compressed air noise makers are treated simila...
by mikegaige
Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Missouri Ozarks
Replies: 1
Views: 2172

Missouri Ozarks

Did a nice loop the the Missouri Ozarks combining the Current River Section of the Ozark Trail and the Current River itself. The Trail section begins at highway 60 near Van Buren and goes north about 30 miles. Nice oak and pine country; water can be sporatic. The Trail intersects the Current River, ...
by mikegaige
Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Discrimination
Replies: 14
Views: 7477

Re: Packraft Discrimination

The Allagash Waterway in Maine states: the use of inflatable watercraft is prohibited.

They do this for "tradition" not safety (Allagash is class 2 max).

-mg
by mikegaige
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia (and El Nino)
Replies: 3
Views: 6550

Re: Patagonia (and El Nino)

I shot a ton of photos, but very few with rafts in them. It is hard to make anything out in most of the pics through the rain... :x If I ever get my act together and post them I'll be sure to let the forum know.

-mg
by mikegaige
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning the raft after use?
Replies: 4
Views: 2049

Re: Cleaning the raft after use?

I find it important to get out all the sediment build-up where the tubes meet the floor. After several uses I spray it out with a hose which gets most of it. When I really get obsessive I blast it with an air compressor....

-mg
by mikegaige
Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:19 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia (and El Nino)
Replies: 3
Views: 6550

Patagonia (and El Nino)

A friend and I spent two months in Patagonia this year. This was my second trip there but first with packraft. It was an El Nino year (Very Cold, Very Wet, Very Windy) and locals said it was the worst summer in 40 years. It rained on us every day for the first 33 days..... We initially attempted to ...
by mikegaige
Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thoughts on this paddle top??
Replies: 2
Views: 1661

Re: Thoughts on this paddle top??

Hey- I'm not sure about the jacket you post about, but I recently used a Stohlquist Torrent ST during two months in PAtagonia. http://www.stohlquist.com/dyn_prod.php?p=STO4789&k=29474 I, too, wanted a realtively lightweight top that could work both backpacking and paddling. I am/was very pleased wit...
by mikegaige
Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crocodiles?
Replies: 10
Views: 3461

Re: Crocodiles?

Actually, American alligators are found only in the Southeast US (another species in China). There are several species of crocodiles in Central America. I was there years ago and while on a boat with a local we saw a croc about 5 feet long. He suggested I swim with it and assured me I'd be fine . So...
by mikegaige
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Needle and Thread?
Replies: 3
Views: 1975

Needle and Thread?

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Hey-

I am wondering what is the best type of needle and thread to carry on a long expedition in the unlike'y event of a large tear? Big needle or small needle? Dental floss? fishing line? or other thread?

Maybe Sheri can chime in on this one.

Thanks

mike
by mikegaige
Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: Northeast
Topic: New Englanders?
Replies: 5
Views: 5879

Re: New Englanders?

The Deerfield River in western Mass is a great river for people learning to raft. From Fife Brook dam it is about 5 or 6 miles to Zoar Gap. It is dam released so water is dependable and predictable. There is enough Whitewater to keep it interesting but never overwhelming to a novice boater. Zoar Gap...
by mikegaige
Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Break down paddle getting stuck????
Replies: 10
Views: 4885

Re: Break down paddle getting stuck????

I had a stuck paddle problem as well. To get them apart I put the paddle blade between a matress and boxspring and had someone sit on it while I twisted the shaft as hard as I could. Sanding didn't help much--I had to shave it with a razor blade. Works fine now.