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by alaskabackcountry
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Manually Inflatable PFD
Replies: 4
Views: 2818

Re: Manually Inflatable PFD

Reach under the seat on your next airline flight. There should be just the PFD you're looking for...
by alaskabackcountry
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Clear Creek variation
Replies: 1
Views: 1841

Clear Creek variation

Did a variation to the Curry-Clear creek packraft last week. Three of us flew into Heart lake, just East of the canyon section of Clear Creek. A short bushwack takes you to the creek and 4.5 hours float gets you back to Talkeetna. We'd never done the float before, so we're not sure how much of the f...
by alaskabackcountry
Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 13540

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

Regarding the thigh straps: does anyone have any thoughts on using the lightweight attachments from Alpacka vs. the metal D ring types made for bigger boats? Obviously the thin fabric from alpacka would be lighter. Is strength going to be a major issue? Perhaps more of an issue on the front or rear?...
by alaskabackcountry
Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 12784

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

This is at least as revolutionary as spray decks. Could be the beginning of actual popularity for these boats. If the kayaker population realizes what can be accomplished with packrafts... Thank you for having the vision!
Any tips for making the roll work? Same technique as kayaking?

by alaskabackcountry
Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Karangahake gorge, Ohinemuri river. N. Island NZ
Replies: 1
Views: 1365

Karangahake gorge, Ohinemuri river. N. Island NZ

Recently returned to AK from NZ. We found the packrafts again to be well worth the luggage weight. We used them for a couple classic salt water cruises between beaches on the North Island in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel areas. Also ran the Karangahake gorge on the Ohinemuri river. It is really a...
by alaskabackcountry
Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:02 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Packrafting in Utah?
Replies: 29
Views: 14571

Re: Packrafting in Utah?

Andrew, You are going through the standard phases of packraft introduction... Something like: damn, they're expensive but really useful... I'll probably just use if for easy stuff... Do I really need all those extras?... Before you know it you've got the whole setup. Check out the posts of rafting U...
by alaskabackcountry
Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Coal Cr Trail -> Indian R -> Susitna R -> Talkeetna
Replies: 2
Views: 1803

Re: Little Coal Cr Trail -> Indian R -> Susitna R -> Talkeetna

I know of a couple guys who did a variation early last summer. They took the easy hike in on the RR tracks, hopped into the Indian river and floated to Talkeetna. I think they reported the Indian as some class 5, needing portages. The rest of the river miles are mellow. Watch for big, fast jetboats....
by alaskabackcountry
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ Trip report, 10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 3900

NZ Trip report, 10-2008

Just returned to AK from a trip to New Zealand. Had a great time touring the country and checked out a few rivers with the packrafts. Thanks to Forrest for his previous post and ideas on places to go. Everything you’ve heard about New Zealand packraft potential is true. It is some of the best terrai...
by alaskabackcountry
Tue Aug 14, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 22459

Re: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mns.

I'm glad to see other people are starting to discover this gem near Anchorage. I've floated it quite a few times in the last few summers and rate it similarly to Willow creek's Red gate section both in character and difficulty. It's an excellent and relatively safe easy to moderate whitewater run. R...