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by Richard W
Thu May 05, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Maxwell River Trip Report.
Replies: 3
Views: 1776

Re: Maxwell River Trip Report.

Thanks for the interest guys, I appreciate it! I made a few notes on the gear we used. They are pretty obvious points in hindsight, might save someone else a few dollars or effort though. Kokatat drysuit - excellent. The booties leak though – I’d use neoprene socks next time. Also, they chafe – defi...
by Richard W
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Maxwell River Trip Report.
Replies: 3
Views: 1776

Maxwell River Trip Report.

Maxwell River Trip Report A friend and I recently spent 12 days traveling down the Maxwell River in South West Tasmania. I had wanted to do this trip ever since watching John McLaine’s ‘Six Rivers’ video in 2013. The scope and challenge of the route really appealed to me, as well as the chance to tr...
by Richard W
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Maxwell River Trip Report.
Replies: 0
Views: 929

Maxwell River Trip Report.

Maxwell River Trip Report A friend and I recently spent 12 days traveling down the Maxwell River in South West Tasmania. I had wanted to do this trip ever since watching John McLaine’s ‘Six Rivers’ video in 2013. The scope and challenge of the route really appealed to me, as well as the chance to tr...
by Richard W
Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Intro Whitewater Packrafting Course - Tasmania 3&4 Oct
Replies: 13
Views: 4514

Re: Intro Whitewater Packrafting Course - Tasmania 3&4 Oct

Sorry I missed it, will certainly register with Canoe Tasmania for future courses.
by Richard W
Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Potential Interest in Packraft Training Courses in Tassie?
Replies: 19
Views: 5602

Re: Potential Interest in Packraft Training Courses in Tassi

Sounds good, I'm keen.

Have you told the Tas Uni rafting club about it? I would have thought some of their members might be interested.
by Richard W
Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: GME MT410G PLB may not be waterproof
Replies: 0
Views: 841

GME MT410G PLB may not be waterproof

Was in a boat that sank the other day off Coles Bay. I had an GME MT410G PLB in my lifejacket pocket. We got rescued before I needed it. When I took the PLB out and tested it I found that there was water inside and that it failed the test function after about an hour in the water. The next day it se...
by Richard W
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report: Gell River Tasmania
Replies: 4
Views: 2005

Re: Trip Report: Gell River Tasmania

Great write up and video, makes me want to get back to Tasmania soon.

I did laugh when I saw your put-in point.
by Richard W
Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting in Cape York, Far North Queensland
Replies: 3
Views: 2192

Re: Packrafting in Cape York, Far North Queensland

The crocodiles aren't as bad as you would think. I've paddled past at least 30 that I've seen, and only had two show aggression. Croc experts I've talked to say that the natural diet of crocodiles is fish, and that they only tend to predate on people in relatively densely populated areas where over-...
by Richard W
Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report - Weld River (and Anne, Snake Rivers) Tasmania
Replies: 2
Views: 1662

Re: Trip Report - Weld River (and Anne, Snake Rivers) Tasman

Great videos and report, very interesting. The Anne looks fantastic. I used to fish in the Weld a lot in summer. It's one of the best rainbow trout fisheries I know. I think I prefer how it looks in Summer! By too low, do you reckon it's unrunnable, or just slow, boring and rocky? Would be a nice wi...
by Richard W
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting in Cape York, Far North Queensland
Replies: 3
Views: 2192

Packrafting in Cape York, Far North Queensland

The best thing about living in Weipa, Far North Queensland, for half of the year is being in the middle of the incredible wilderness of Cape York. Rivers, beaches, rain forests, this place has everything. Best of all it's so sparsely populated you can pretty well go anywhere and do anything without ...
by Richard W
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss
Replies: 9
Views: 3840

Re: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss

No worries - personally I would squeeze a wetsuit in, it is almost as important as a helmet, PFD and spare paddle in my book, at that time of year.

If you get good weather and summit Frenchmans, take one of the rafts with you and inflate it on top - it is a great photo!
by Richard W
Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss
Replies: 9
Views: 3840

Re: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss

Forgot to mention I got one of the packrafts from Shane Pinner at Wildabout Packrafting in Devenport. Great service, he sent it down a week prior and only charged 4 days rental for the trip.

He supplies Yaks and Llamas with cargo flies and all accessories, really good value.
by Richard W
Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss
Replies: 9
Views: 3840

Re: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss

No worries. If you were going to go over two days, you could think about doing the section from Collingwood Bridge to the Franklin Junction on the first day. That took us about 2.5 hours - you have to drag even packrafts quite a lot at low levels. The Collingwood-Franklin Junction is a nice sport to...
by Richard W
Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss
Replies: 9
Views: 3840

Re: Upper Franklin River: Collingwood River to Irenabyss

Hi JTK, I did this exact trip with a friend at the beginning of March. When we did it the water level was fairly low - about 0.65m at the Collingwood Bridge gauge. It was a great trip - neither of us had really packrafted much before, we had no problems though. We portaged Log Jam, Nasty Notch, and ...