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by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek
Replies: 0
Views: 230

Ship Creek

Word is that there are at least 3 strainers in Ship Creek canyon. Plus it's "closed."
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Packrafts Lost on Eagle River, Alaska
Replies: 0
Views: 2457

Packrafts Lost on Eagle River, Alaska

My partner and I recently lost our Alpaca pack rafts and backpacks when we mistakenly went down Echo Bend on Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, June 28. We're very new to pack rafting and don't want this near death experience to be our last if we don't get our gear back. We got into pack rafting because...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: Emergencies and Accident Reports
Topic: Accident Report - Echo Bend, Eagle River, Alaska
Replies: 0
Views: 6601

Accident Report - Echo Bend, Eagle River, Alaska

My partner and I recently lost our Alpaca pack rafts and backpacks when we mistakenly went down Echo Bend on Eagle River, Alaska on Sunday, June 28. We're very new to pack rafting and don't want this near death experience to be our last if we don't get our gear back. We got into pack rafting because...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

On a July 1 run on the South Fork, we encountered two must-portage wood spots in the segment from the red driveway bridge to the upper culvert and seven must-portage wood spots in the segment between the two road culverts.
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Action Alerts
Topic: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Action Alert
Replies: 1
Views: 2348

Yellowstone and Grand Teton Action Alert

We need you to tell the National Park Service how you feel about being banned from paddling rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. They recently released their management plan for the Snake River Headwaters and dismissed packrafting altogether without justification. More information i...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

For the curious, the South Fork of Eagle River is running, although now it is a bit too low after the initial run-off pulse. On June 5, 2013 I ran from the typical alpine put-in to the red driveway bridge without encountering any new wood. It was passable, but a bit too low to be enjoyable.
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: why do I flip?
Replies: 3
Views: 2215

Re: why do I flip?

Flip, It does sound like your boat is a bit small for you. A larger boat will be more stable for you, and the Cargo Fly will help even more by allowing you to stow your gear in the boat and lower your center of gravity. My guess is that you are now gun shy crossing eddy lines, which makes the proble...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American Packrafting Association
Replies: 8
Views: 52672

Re: American Packrafting Association

Brad, Initial thoughts were: What is the purpose of an APA? And why is the formation thereof posted as a sticky on all the international sub forums? The forum as it stood was , and hopefully will be, unless the APA overwhelms it, a lovely international collaboration of thoughts and feedback about pa...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American Packrafting Association
Replies: 8
Views: 52672

Re: American Packrafting Association

Maybe you guys can articulate your concerns and worries a bit? Yours are the first negative words we have heard from the hundreds who have joined APA. It is not like we are out to make you register your boats or take away your assault paddles...
by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American Packrafting Association
Replies: 8
Views: 52672

Re: American Packrafting Association

Andrew, not sure what you are concerned about. The form and function of this forum won't be changing at all.

Regards,
Brad Meiklejohn
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American Packrafting Association
Replies: 8
Views: 52672

American Packrafting Association

Dear Packrafters, The American Packrafting Association (APA) was founded in October 2012 by a group of avid packrafters from across the United States to ensure that packrafting has a place on America's public lands. The mission of the APA is to represent the packrafting community to promote access, ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Roman, Toby and I went for a ride on the mighty South Fork on October 6, 2012. I had not been down since June and found that the September 2012 flood had rearranged things considerably. The first new obstacle appears about 1/2 mile below the trail footbridge at an abrupt right-hand turn. There are t...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek
Replies: 71
Views: 12884

Re: Moose Creek

A crew of us checked out Moose Creek on a storm day of heavy rains and wind. The creek guage was right about 300 cfs when we put on and almost 350 cfs when we took out at the Glenn Hwy. As others have written, Moose is a fast and fun ride, especially since Mark and John have cleared most of the wood...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chickaloon River
Replies: 5
Views: 5056

Re: Chickaloon River

Toby Schwoerer and I just did the King-Chick loop that I described here in 2008 and confirmed this as one the all-time great packrafting loops. The hiking, scenery and boating are all top-notch. The route has perfect symmetry of roughly 30 miles of hiking and 30 miles of boating. We confirmed that t...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

The South Fork has been running high the last week and two of us ran two sections of it on 6/26/12. The upper section above the trail foot bridge is outstanding splashy fun at these levels. This is my favorite section because it is so fun to paddle above treeline. I would recommend this stretch for ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon May 21, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek Comment Opportunity
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Ship Creek Comment Opportunity

Joint Base Elmendorf/Fort Richardson is going through a planning process to identify "encroachment and sustainment" issues. The point of the exercise is to "continue and expand their engagement with community stakeholders to find solutions in areas of shared interest." I suggest that one area where ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bull River
Replies: 7
Views: 8146

The Gelded Bull

A crew of us recently (September 10) did a nice variant on the Bull, starting at MP 195 of the Parks Hwy, just west of where the Parks crosses the railroad tracks and the Middle Fork of the Chulitna. An ATV trail takes off west from this area and offers nice walking for a few miles before you encoun...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Northern
Topic: BROOKS: Junjik to Chandalar
Replies: 3
Views: 2622

Re: BROOKS: Junjik to Chandalar

I did this route in August 2010 from the Haul Rd. You can get from Timber Lake to Arctic Village in 3 days/2 nights without a problem should have plenty of water and flow. The Chandalar is slow but is a pleasant float.
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Brooks Range- Trembley to Itkillik to Atigun
Replies: 1
Views: 3119

Re: Brooks Range- Trembley to Itkillik to Atigun

There are lots of good trip options in this area. I recently did a variant of this trip, going in via Oolah Pass and down the Itkillik to a point closest to Toolik Lake and hiking back out to the Haul Road. You get another 30 river miles, but the last 10 are very slow.
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: "Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu
Replies: 4
Views: 2303

Honolulu - Beach Party

I had been meaning to get back to upper Honolulu Creek ever since it gave Roman and I some trouble in June 2009. My dim memories of that dark day were of a sharp and nasty canyon with unwelcome surprises. We could not reconcile the ugly and undercut 10' falls and countless other stiff drops with Tim...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Product Review 2011 Alpacka Llama
Replies: 2
Views: 6470

Product Review 2011 Alpacka Llama

I have finally spent enough time in my 2011 Alpacka Llama to provide a review of what I do and do not like about the new boats. For reference, I have been packrafting for about 10 years, am 6’2” and 180 lbs and 51 years old, and consider myself a Class IV boater on most days. I also have a 2007 Yak ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 38320

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

I have finally spent enough time in my 2011 Alpacka Llama to provide a review of what I do and do not like about the new boats. For reference, I have been packrafting for about 10 years, am 6’2” and 180 lbs and 51 years old, and consider myself a Class IV boater on most days. I also have a 2007 Yak ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 13437

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

John, for the current standard in dry boats, see the bomber spradydeck on Roman's. We ran the Little Su last week at 700 cfs and he was virtually dry. SOB I am interested in what Jim Gonski has to say about the self-bailing floor on the Baylee. I would be curious to paddle that boat in full-on big w...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Beefy spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Re: Beefy spray deck

I started out the 2011 boating season with one of the supposed "beefy" spraydecks but I was disappointed in it. The only thing different about the "beefy" version is the side closure on the deck. I found the closure impossible to manage one-handed, which is crucial for many on-river situations where...
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Winner Creek to 20 mile
Replies: 17
Views: 6877

Re: Winner Creek to 20 mile

I hadn't been down the 20Mile in years and did it recently. I haven't seen any posts on here talking about the new trail segment off the back of Berry Pass going down towards the 20Mile. I say "towards the 20Mile" because it is a real sandbag. The trail switchbacks quite nicely down what used to be ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon May 09, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Ohio Creek - Alaska Range
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Re: Ohio Creek - Alaska Range

According to Rod Hancock, the canyon section of Ohio Creek is fairly tame. He ran it a number of years ago in a hardshell and told me that they expected a serious challenge but found it to be surprisingly mellow.
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon May 09, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Coffee River, Alaska Range
Replies: 5
Views: 1835

Re: Coffee River, Alaska Range

I don't have first-hand knowledge of the Coffee but I did hear from Tucker Chenoweth and Mik Shain that the Coffee is fairly burly. I believe they came out the Coffee after a ranger patrol in the Ruth Glacier. The Coffee is glacier-fed and probably changes significantly during peak melt.
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:42 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Happy River (Alaska Range)
Replies: 11
Views: 3242

Re: Happy River (Alaska Range)

Ryan, people do raft the Happy, but the upper third from Sheep Lake is pretty small and tight. I would opt for smaller rafts, such as a Puma or Super Puma. The carry from Sheep Lake to the creek is not bad, but from Puntilla Lake is a major hump. There should be good flow in July.
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Dog-friendly Packraft Trips
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: Dog-friendly Packraft Trips

Add the Carlo Creek - Nenana loop to the list of dog-friendly trips:
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by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: some new mods
Replies: 9
Views: 4108

Re: some new mods

After a few months of testing, I am completely hooked on thigh straps in my packraft. They provide an unprecedented level of control in technical water, are easy to get into and out of, and facilitate an eskimo roll. When I get in a boat without thigh straps or forget to slip my knees into them it i...
by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Cheap Sheep
Replies: 9
Views: 6915

Cheap Sheep

Sheep Creek in the Talkeetna Mountains is a buttboating classic, with 20 miles of bluegreen Class III boogie water. Access usually involves a short flight to Crossover Lake (approx. $75/person with Alaska Bush Flying Service of Talkeetna) or a multi-day approach from Hatcher Pass (e.g. Roman's Indep...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: McCarthy Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 1515

Re: McCarthy Creek

Mark,

Just saw your message. We did this trip in two days and one night. Let me know if you need more information on it.

Brad
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 3364

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

I am going to continue to push for the development of a titanium helmet with a removable liner. Such a helmet, designed properly, could double as a cookpot. I would think that climbers would be all over this, as well. Seriously, if WW I soldiers could cook in their helmets why can't we? Calling all ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River: Camground and Echo Bend rapids
Replies: 5
Views: 1469

Re: Eagle River: Camground and Echo Bend rapids

John, If you are thinking about trying Echo Bend, the current level (approx. 3' and 200 cfs) is about as low and slow as it gets while still passable. If it gets any lower many of the slots will start to pinch off. I'd rate it at III+ at the current level. Be aware that there is a sticky sleeper hol...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lion's Head, Matanuska River
Replies: 11
Views: 4908

Re: Lion's Head, Matanuska River

The East and South forks of the Matanuska are described in Embick's Fast and Cold and do have some worthy packrafting. I've gone in via Alascom Road that leaves from the south side of the Glenn Hwy at about Mile 118. The East Fork is pretty scrappy boating, especially in the middle sections where th...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same
Replies: 13
Views: 11630

Re: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same

I just did the Hardage Creek approach to the East Fork of the Chulitna, and it is the best one I've found yet. I parked the car where the Parks Highway crosses over the East Fork of the Chulitna. From there I hiked straight uphill until I intersected the powerline, which I followed for several miles...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Packrafting in Utah?
Replies: 29
Views: 9610

Re: Packrafting in Utah?

Hey Andrew, You may remember me from my Utah days as an avalanche forecaster. Glad to see you are looking into packrafting. Like the others have said, jump in and don't look back. Go for a decked boat, too, because I suspect you will want to push the envelope. These boats are amazingly tough, functi...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:12 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River
Replies: 11
Views: 6794

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

Word is that the canyon section of Eureka Creek goes at Class IV/V.
by bradmeiklejohn
Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Nope.
by bradmeiklejohn
Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Dirtbagging the Gates -- Clear River
Replies: 0
Views: 1157

Dirtbagging the Gates -- Clear River

With a name like the Clear River, in the midst of the Brooks Range, a 15-mile long deep and twisty canyon, and no river information, how can you resist? The idea of using the Dalton Highway as a jumping-off point for cheap trips in the arctic wilderness is not novel, but I credit Ed Plumb with inspi...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yak or Llama
Replies: 11
Views: 2125

Re: Yak or Llama

Definitely the Yak. I am 6'2" and the Llama is just a tad too long for me. I have to stuff a wine bladder into the front of the boat to brace against. And the wine relaxes me for the big drops.
by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

The Southfork is not high enough to be boatable as of Friday August 14th 2009. Perhaps after a few more days of rain.
by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: McCarthy Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 1515

McCarthy Creek

We might call this loop trip gem "Pilgrim's Progress." It's got a little bit of everything: glacier travel, mining history, front-row seats to one of the biggest icefalls in North America, great tundra walking, a glimpse of the Pilgrim homestead and 19 miles of fantastic non-stop whitewater. And the...
by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same
Replies: 13
Views: 11630

Re: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same

Doug, I've done both the east and west forks of the Chulitna. The East Fork has better boating by far, and better hiking. There are a variety of ways to get into the upper East Fork, including starting on ATV trails near where the Parks Hwy crosses the Middle Fork, the Hardage Creek approach, the cr...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Indian River -- Whistlestop Packrafting
Replies: 2
Views: 1689

Indian River -- Whistlestop Packrafting

Alaska now has two whistlestop trains, the original from Talkeetna to Hurricane and a new one to Grandview. No doubt folks are figuring out that the Grandview train opens up some packrafting options. Last year I used the Talkeetna train to access Clear Creek (aka Chunila Creek), and that trip is sti...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 22017

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Yep, the South Fork is too bony. Since I live right next to it, I will try to post when it is running at good levels.
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 15633

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Andrew and Sheri, First off, kudos on the 2009 boat, which I posted on in the "In Search of a Dry Boat" discussion. There are two related ideas that I've seen repeated in many of the responses to your initial query about boat modifications. Every packrafter I have watched run whitewater does the "Bu...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 13073

Re: Paddles

Roman has a beautiful 4-piece carbon fiber Werner Shuna touring paddle that I simply cannot find anywhere. I recently purchased an 4-piece fiberglass Aquabound Shred, which is slightly beefier than the Splat or Manta Ray. I don't know the exact weight, but compared to my Sawyer it feels like a battl...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 3081

Re: Dry Suits

I want to respond to an earlier comment from Paddling Regression about Kokatak Dry Suits: " One thing to keep in mind when shelling out for a Dry Suit, especially for pack rafting, is the amount of portaging/bushwacking you're likely to do. Portaging through devils club definately takes a toll on yo...
by bradmeiklejohn
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle
Replies: 21
Views: 7056

Re: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle

After my first Sawyer paddle broke on its second day on the water, I've been hesitant to tout this paddle for hard and rocky whitewater. Last year the Sawyer stayed home on the harder and longer trips, displaced by my trusty fiberglass Manta Ray. This year, though, I've been taking the Sawyer more o...