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by Lizardboy
Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Minimum upper shoalhaven water levels?
Replies: 5
Views: 1481

Re: Minimum upper shoalhaven water levels?

I'd say 0.75 for a 3 day trip

Refer- viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2432

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Thu May 02, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Shoalhaven - Greater Horsehoe bend to Badgeries lookout
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: Shoalhaven - Greater Horsehoe bend to Badgeries lookout

Cheers, yes we caught some bass, saw a few large carp, it's worth taking a rod along on this section of river. Mark, access wasn't difficult, but required some homework, the starting point was searching for some previous trip reports then Duncan helped with the trail in, a call to national parks to ...
by Lizardboy
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Shoalhaven - Greater Horsehoe bend to Badgeries lookout
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Shoalhaven - Greater Horsehoe bend to Badgeries lookout

Hi All, My mate and I did a 3 day trip last weekend on a very scenic stretch of the shoalhaven. As luck would have it some good rain in the upper shoalhaven catchment let us combine fishing and whitewater making for a great trip! The Hillview Guage dropped from 0.76 to 0.69 during the trip, their wa...
by Lizardboy
Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Weekend trip ideas, mimimum Colo level (non whitewater) ?
Replies: 0
Views: 743

Weekend trip ideas, mimimum Colo level (non whitewater) ?

Hi fellow Raftpackers, I'm looking to do a 3 day wilderness trip with a mate next weekend and given the lack of good rain recently the focus will be swayed more to fishing along the way rather than whitewater. I'm considering Canoe creek to Bob turners which I've done before at about a 1m, it's now ...
by Lizardboy
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Fiji
Replies: 1
Views: 728

Re: Fiji

Nice write up, I must admit I never thought of Fiji as a rafting destination!
It sounds like you got a proper taste of Fiji by spending some time with the locals.

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: who's up 4a trip down Colo this wend?
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

Re: who's up 4a trip down Colo this wend?

Hi Sharon,
Would love to get back in there but I'm out with Wife's b'day. I paddled/portaged it in 2 days with low water (around 1m ) that was really tough but with good to high water 2 days should be enough. Solo man ( sorry Daz) did it in a day I think!

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 2410

Re: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday

Dave,
Wow, sounds like an adrenaline filled trip, it potentially could have ended quite badly but glad it didn't! There are some signifiant potential risks, I'm not sure if it would have been possible to retreat to higher ground if you had still been in the gorge at 13m's.

Gus
by Lizardboy
Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 2410

Re: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday

The rivers maxed out today, the Colo peaked at nearly 14 metres, the Kangeroo around 8 and the 2.6m, so today wasn't really an option after all.

I now turn my attention to next weekend, with a bit of luck there will still be enought water around.

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 2410

Re: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday

Hi, The Colo and in particular the Grose seem to have gotten most of the rain, whilst the Nepean has largely missed out The Grose has got around 50mm throughout the catchment, the Colo is more sporadic with around 50-80mm. The Colo river heightis yet to budge much and I can't find the Guage for the ...
by Lizardboy
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 2410

Rain on the Way - possible day trip Sunday

Hi, The forecasts are indicating around 50 to 100mm between now and Saturday which might present some paddling possibilities for the weekend. I'm thinking a day trip on Sunday in Sydney and surrounds, e.g. Nepean, Kangeroo, Colo, etc. If anyone else is thinking the same thing, is comfortable in grad...
by Lizardboy
Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Sydney Rivers are pumping!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2940

Re: Sydney Rivers are pumping!!!

Good stuff guys! I'm hoping it was not a one off rain event the for Sydney area and we get a few more over the next couple of months. I'm keen for a paddle over the next couple of weekends rain dependent. It looks like there was good rainfall in the Colo and Grose river catchments yesterday with rea...
by Lizardboy
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting trips of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 2393

Re: Packrafting trips of late!

Nice Chris, I was eyeing off Jacobs, from the road on the way back from the training g course, looks fun!

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training in Oz with Jim Gonski !
Replies: 42
Views: 7383

Re: Packraft Training in Oz with Jim Gonski !

Thanks for the legwork Dale! I'm in for NSW and may have another person interested as well. I think the key is choosing somehere with reliable water or a few options within an hour or 2 drive, there are a few things pointing to dryer weather for the coming months. Late october and the weekend of 17/...
by Lizardboy
Tue May 08, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Canada
Topic: 2 Aussie packrafters honeymooning in Canada
Replies: 0
Views: 2708

2 Aussie packrafters honeymooning in Canada

Hi, My fiancé and I will be spending 3 weeks in Canada for our honeymoon in September and will be bringing our packrafts. As Its our honeymoon we are intending to do it with some comfort, we are looking to fly into Vancouver, thinking of renting a small campervan/rv and spending most of our time exp...
by Lizardboy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 9652

Re: Penrith Whitewater Centre?

G'day Grasshopper, I have used transport for self guided packrafts trips from Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre twice last year, most recently in November or December. I paddled Binderra to Rocky crossing initially and then Cobark to the Steps, both with my girlfriend. I was asked about my experie...
by Lizardboy
Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: All the gear and no idea
Replies: 4
Views: 1019

Re: All the gear and no idea

G'day Boomer,
Welcome to the site, how did you go?

What was the level like?

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 9652

Re: Penrith Whitewater Centre?

Fishdejour wrote:
As Grasshopper detailed I feel we should look into importing an Alaskan training provider and find a suitable piece of water?? Can we have a show of hands of intrested paddlers??
Steve,
I'm in, best to start a seperate post determine interest.

Gus
by Lizardboy
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR
Replies: 8
Views: 1837

Re: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR

Thanks for posting the blog, pics and vid. The finger is coming along well, though the timing is not great with me moving this weekend! It's the second time I can recall scraping my finger on the bottom after coming out of the raft trying to hold onto the paddle so perhaps its relatively common part...
by Lizardboy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:05 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 4799

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Hi All, With the shoalhaven currently at 1.67 and rain expected over the next couple of days I think think we'll re-shedule it. I'm still keen for a paddle though but my My preference is a day trip within 2-3 hours of Sydney. At this stage I'm leaning toward the nepean, pheasants nest to Maldon brid...
by Lizardboy
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 4799

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I've done some rough estimates and I'm saying 1.315 at 9am sunday morning assuming no more rain in the catchment.

We'll see if i get close!

Gus
by Lizardboy
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 4799

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Hi All, I guess we'll get a better idea of river levels during the week, given the soaking we've had I'm not sure it will drop as quick as it usually would. As for back up plans I'm very keen to do this section of the Shoallhaven before winter, so one option would be to postpone, although I am very ...
by Lizardboy
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 4799

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Thanks for posting Darren, looking forward to it!

Gus
by Lizardboy
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:24 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 2591

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added

Righto, what about Sunday the 18th of March for a day trip on the Shoalhaven, Oallen ford to power lines?

Gus
by Lizardboy
Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 2591

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added

Nice work, great to see a few new faces! Glad the level held up for you, the Tuross is my favorite paddle thus far, the Pink gorge is magnificent and I love that bigger drop early on that kind of sneaks up on you after those little shoots on the left. I managed to coax Darren out on the water for a ...
by Lizardboy
Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 3373

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

I'm out unfortunately Steve, moving House.

Gus
by Lizardboy
Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Sydney Packrafter!
Replies: 10
Views: 1857

Re: New Sydney Packrafter!

G'day Nick, Sharon, Dale. I'm also a sydney based packafter. I've done whitewater trips on the Barrington, Kangaroo, Colo and Tuross thus far and also use the raft as a fishing vehicle. I'm a little tied up for the next month or two moving but will be keen to meet up with some others for trips after...
by Lizardboy
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: TR Kangaroo River
Replies: 8
Views: 1516

Re: TR Kangaroo River

Great to see you three out paddling together, we need to develop the network a bit. Gus looked pretty happy in his new raft :-) It looks a neat little paddle. Yes, loving the new raft, first time I've worn a skirt! Was great to catch up with Darren for the run, what he didn't mention was that i man...
by Lizardboy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: ShoalhavenTR
Replies: 10
Views: 2073

Re: ShoalhavenTR

Camera's going well, experimenting a but not sure my pics are up to your standard yet.

I also got a helmet camera for my b'day but haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

I've been frustrated by slow internet but I'm still planning to get some pics and a belated colo report up.

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: ShoalhavenTR
Replies: 10
Views: 2073

Re: ShoalhavenTR

Darren, Great report and stunning pics as usual. Its also been on my hit list too, I even have a mate with a property 5 minutes up the road from Oallen ford but I haven't got to do as many trips as I'd like its been hard to co-ordinate mates that are free on the same weekends I am. It would be good ...
by Lizardboy
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:29 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Canoe creek to Bob Turners track
Replies: 8
Views: 3663

Re: Canoe creek to Bob Turners track

Darren, I just bout myself a g11 and have just done a basic photography course with the aim of getting more out of it. Do you spend much time editing your pics and what program do you use? Here is the link From our Tuross trip, it has a YouTube vid also: http://packrafting.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f...
by Lizardboy
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Canoe creek to Bob Turners track
Replies: 8
Views: 3663

Re: Canoe creek to Bob Turners track

Darren, Great report/s and amazing pics, what Camera are you using? I have a Lama and am based on the northern beaches, it would be good to get some of the sydney packrafters together for some trips. I mainly fish from my raft, but had an awesome time on a what turned out to be a whitewater trip on ...
by Lizardboy
Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Osprey Atmos as a packrafting pack?
Replies: 0
Views: 1158

Osprey Atmos as a packrafting pack?

Hi, I'm looking for a lightweight, but not superweight pack for 3-5 day rafting/hiking trips in Warm climates. Just wanted to get some oppinions of the Osprex Atmos 50 or 65 as a packrafting pack http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/AtmosSeriesMens I understand some traditionalists frown opon the air su...
by Lizardboy
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Velcro Skeg
Replies: 9
Views: 2639

Re: Velcro Skeg

Jules, You're right a sea anchor should be relatively straight forward and, what material did we have in mind for material? I might try using one of those light weight dry bags. I'm even thinking a small fold up anchors could be handy at times on trips where weight is not a concern. I'm still curiou...
by Lizardboy
Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:17 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Velcro Skeg
Replies: 9
Views: 2639

Re: Velcro Skeg

So it has been determined that a velcro skeg does not assist a raft track state whilst paddling, but what about when you are not paddling? Is a velcro skeg effective in stopping the raft from spinning after you stop paddling? I fish from my raft and find it has a tendancy to spin after you stop padd...
by Lizardboy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packraft/Fishing Paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 2329

Re: Packraft/Fishing Paddle

Thanks for the feedback so far, its definately helpful.
So it looks like I may have had the wrong impression on carbon blades, or at least partially.
on the Aquabound website it says the blades are Lightweight abX carbon blades, so it sounds like they are a composite of resin and carbon.

Cheers,

Gus
by Lizardboy
Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Grose (NSW, Oz)
Replies: 1
Views: 910

Re: The Grose (NSW, Oz)

Jules,
I had a look, looks pretty fun, they say they'd been waiting years to catch it at a high/good level, it seems timing is everything!

I've had a mate who used to hike in, camp and fish the upper grose on foot, so this one is also on the radar, like the Colo.

Gus
by Lizardboy
Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packraft/Fishing Paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 2329

Packraft/Fishing Paddle

Hi, I recently bought an Aplacka Llama and I'm after a midrange paddle, probably quite like the The fibreglass shaft Aquabound manta ray on the website, but I don't want bright coloured blades both to avoid spooking fish and I want to avoid attracting attention in some of the placed I fish. I guess ...
by Lizardboy
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 9652

Re: Penrith Whitewater Centre?

Cheers Guys, I just got the feeling they may not have seen too many packrafts before and may right them off as pool toys! Duke, from the website it looked like just whitewater kayaks and the large multi person whitewater rafts they supply. http://www.penrithwhitewater.com.au/html_05/home/index_real....
by Lizardboy
Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 9652

Penrith Whitewater Centre?

Hi,
Does anyone know if they will allow you to use a packraft at penrith whitewater centre?
Cheers,

Gus