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by Shaggy
Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:53 am
Forum: Northeast
Topic: $20 inflatables on the Delaware
Replies: 2
Views: 4047

Re: $20 inflatables on the Delaware

Welcome to packrafting, coldsalmon. A lot of us started out in the Sevylor trail boat, a $60-ish boat that's "more than a pool toy but less than a raft." I put a lot of holes in mine & never felt very safe, but sure had a lot of fun. I recently tried doing the Hudson, along the length of Manhattan.....
by Shaggy
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:06 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: wanted: tIps for choosing the right gear
Replies: 3
Views: 2259

Re: wanted: tIps for choosing the right gear

Yes, you can adjust the blade angle on the Sawyer. It's got a friction-clamp in the middle, so you can set any feather you want. Your weight sounds fine for the boat. Overall, you shouldn't have any problem with class II water with this set-up. If you have any questions on the waist circumference as...
by Shaggy
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Montana
Topic: Scout Reporot: Mann Gulch, Montana
Replies: 0
Views: 1464

Scout Reporot: Mann Gulch, Montana

Just a quick scouting report. I couldn't do this one because of time constraints, but looked into getting into Mann Gulch, Montana. Why / History: Mann Gulch is one of most famous sites in U.S. wildfire history, where in 1949 14 smokejumpers + 1 smokechaser were burned over, and only 3 survived - tw...
by Shaggy
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft spotting!!
Replies: 1
Views: 1208

Re: Packraft spotting!!

Yeah, Ed carried a Dory the whole way, as I understand it. :D There's a pic on his website (Walking the Amazon) & the Alpacka site of the boat completely filled with packs, for fording.
by Shaggy
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs
Replies: 21
Views: 16783

Re: Packs

Recently, I've used the ULA Epic, Mammut Trion and a pre-production version of the Arc'Teryx Naos General obs: ULA Epic: Good packrafting pack. It's basically a drybag-holder, made out of mostly leno lock mesh and webbing. I liked it for canyoneering (I used it on the dirty devil), where I'm scrapin...
by Shaggy
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Open Water Basics (Saltwater)
Replies: 3
Views: 4293

Re: Open Water Basics (Saltwater)

Thanks Roman. I'd be keen to hear your comments on open water crossings, too.
by Shaggy
Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: avoiding getting sucked in at junctions
Replies: 2
Views: 2178

Re: avoiding getting sucked in at junctions

The kayak-style method is - loosely put - to lean downstream, since water will tend to pile on the upstream side of the boat. That's a bit harder in a packraft without any retention system, but I still do it a bit. As Richard says, though, going bow-into the new current is a good tactic, and approxi...
by Shaggy
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Marine Lanyard
Replies: 0
Views: 1631

Marine Lanyard

For: Open Water Crossings. This lanyard is useful for open water, where entanglement is a minor or nil concern, but losing your boat if you dump out is a critical problem. Description: A short (est. 4 ft.) removable lanyard securing your paddle to your boat; can be set up to also connect to your pa...
by Shaggy
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Open Water Basics (Saltwater)
Replies: 3
Views: 4293

Open Water Basics (Saltwater)

OPEN WATER BASICS: BAY & HEADLAND CROSSING This post is still under construction. I just did a trip with Hig involving a number of bay & headland crossings, and decided to summarize the basics I learned. Hig, who has MUCH more experience on this, has agreed to provide editorial & color commentary, ...
by Shaggy
Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Alaska Peninsula, Kamishak Bay: Bruin Bay to Cape Douglas
Replies: 5
Views: 4021

Re: Alaska Peninsula, Kamishak Bay: Bruin Bay to Cape Dougla

We just got back, so they're not ready yet. Forthcoming.
by Shaggy
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Alaska Peninsula, Kamishak Bay: Bruin Bay to Cape Douglas
Replies: 5
Views: 4021

Alaska Peninsula, Kamishak Bay: Bruin Bay to Cape Douglas

Overview Hig & myself traversed the shore of Kamishak Bay via foot and packraft, doing surveys of what appear to be old uplifted shorelines. It's a beautiful sea-land coastline traverse with (at the right time of year & conditions) lots of wildflowers, mountain views (including Augustine and Dougla...
by Shaggy
Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ironman packraft-a-thon
Replies: 4
Views: 1657

Re: Ironman packraft-a-thon

Ski-to-Sea, in Washington, often has (I think) downhill skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, road biking, running, canoeing, and perhaps sea kayaking. Brings to mind the possibility of a cool AK variant: start on a mountaintop, end on an island?
by Shaggy
Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can I damage raft by rolling or folding too tight?
Replies: 3
Views: 1814

Re: Can I damage raft by rolling or folding too tight?

I haven't observed any damage to result from tight rolling. The boats have to be rolled down pretty tight to get them into the stuff sacks anyway, and I've forced boats into a shoebox to mail a time or two. The stuff is pretty tough.
by Shaggy
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to tell the exact model of packraft I have?
Replies: 11
Views: 4120

Re: How to tell the exact model of packraft I have?

The circles are a relatively recent addition. Format on the numbers has changed a couple times. That one looks like a Yak to me, but I can't swear by it. The ultimate test is the interior or exterior length of the boat. That # is kinda messy too, ugh.
by Shaggy
Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Rogue River, OR
Replies: 1
Views: 3365

Rogue River, OR

Just did the 4-day, "Scenic Wilderness" portion of the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Beautiful wilderness river, steep canyon. General Beta: Technical Level: Class II with some IIIs and a couple III rapids (depending on who you ask). [the main route at Rainie Falls can apparently be turned into a ...
by Shaggy
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 25689

Re: DIY raft

summerrun, I did the 1st floorless boat experiment for Alpacka. Depending on the boat you want to convert, it's... well, I guess "possible but depends on what you're after and what you're converting." And keeping in mind there's an Alpacka experiment -but- with an unknown timespan or outcome going. ...
by Shaggy
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5065

Re: underfloor protection

Ditto on that. Roman boats like a fiend. For most of us, we don't get that kind of immense volume of river-time. Through Alpacka-related work I've been observing damages, etc. for the last several years. That said, if you are putting in that kind of volume, what I'd personally suggest is - if the fl...
by Shaggy
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where It All Began...
Replies: 15
Views: 6005

Re: Where It All Began...

Superb! I've been looking to find out what that boat was for years. Somebody told Sheri about it a long time ago, but we couldn't remember what the museum was. Rough chronology, as far as I know now (feel free to correct): Halkett Boat WWII Aviator Boats, Japanese Scout Boats American Safety (?) She...
by Shaggy
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Sighting
Replies: 2
Views: 1765

Re: Alpacka Sighting

("Ah, here we catch a rare glimpse the wild Blue Northern Manitee in its native environment...")

I did see that Movie, Somni. I'm not sure if Libor is Russian. He's done some cool trips in unusual places. The link the segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLUhjYCK ... re=related
by Shaggy
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to tell the exact model of packraft I have?
Replies: 11
Views: 4120

Re: How to tell the exact model of packraft I have?

Yup, a circled Y means Yak.
  • (A) = Alpaca
    (Y) = Yak
    (L) = Llama
by Shaggy
Fri May 21, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who did first use the TERM Packraft?
Replies: 7
Views: 2677

Re: Who did first use the TERM Packraft?

I think the term "raft" is loosely applied to a vessel that uses buoyant parts, rather than hull displacement, as the primary means of flotation. "Bucket boats" are considered rafts, at least in the US, even though they aren't self bailing. I'm not sure whether a zodiac-type rigid inflatable boat is...
by Shaggy
Wed May 05, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD
Replies: 6
Views: 8271

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD

Cool; I like the DIY rig, Andrew. A comment on using your raincoat to hold bladders or air mattresses: I've done this; it can be done, but I urge caution: a friend of mine bailed with flotation stuffed under his rain coat, and the zipper blew out. He lost his flotation and almost drowned - so that t...
by Shaggy
Wed May 05, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oldest Alpacka raft still being used?
Replies: 4
Views: 1790

Re: Oldest Alpacka raft still being used?

Mmm, good question... I know "sold raft #1" is back in the possession of Sheri, the inventor: she traded a newer boat to its original owner because she wanted to put it in the personal hall-of-fame. I also know a bunch of 2002 rafts have come through the workshop in the last couple years for upgrade...
by Shaggy
Mon May 03, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: In the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 1327

Re: In the UK

No way I know of w/o shipping, yaryar (and I work for Alpacka Raft). The closest dealer to you is Avanza Kayak, in Sweden.
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning the raft after use?
Replies: 4
Views: 1850

Re: Cleaning the raft after use?

That sounds perfectly adequate. A lot of times, I don't even wash my raft unless it's muddy, etc. I live in a small apartment, so the big thing I try to do is dry the raft, or I end up with an apartment smelling like sour urethane. The raft is amazingly inert. Aside from looking for any damage, my m...
by Shaggy
Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:02 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Multi-Use Footwear
Replies: 11
Views: 6650

Re: Multi-Use Footwear

My pleasure. I know Hig & Erin are/were also stoked on the Montrail Vitesse, which is a great long-distance off-trail shoe and relatively light. I noticed it seemed to have a smaller "footprint" than a lot of other trailrunners, so I liked it for off trail / rough terrain / night hiking.
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 18599

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Klillie, what about this:

Glue a seat attachment tab to the inside of your boat.
Sew another onto a mesh bag.

You can put it wherever you want, thread it in, and - if you don't want it in the boat - just unthread it and take it with you.
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Any News On The Alpacka Drysuit
Replies: 4
Views: 2334

Re: Any News On The Alpacka Drysuit

I know Sheri's working hard to try to get it online, but she and the workshop are pretty snowed. The hope at Alpacka was to have it out by April sometime, but a bunch of stuff happened over this winter, which tied up everyone's extra time in Mancos. The big challenge is that it takes a totally diffe...
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 10570

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

New info up on the Alpacka website about the Witchraft: https://www.alpackaraft.com/store/index ... &do=detail
by Shaggy
Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 10570

Witchcraft surf test observations

Got the Witchraft prototype#1 out to the Pacific Ocean for testing in surf... and arrived to 20-30 knot longshore winds, and what looked like 3-5 surf lines going out to double-overhead rogue waves on the horizon! And mixed hail and sunshine. This is Hig & Erin's pic: http://www.groundtruthtrekking....
by Shaggy
Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ultralight Paddle opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 1588

Re: Ultralight Paddle opinions

I think it really depends on usage, YakAk... in this case, the size of the lakes and the degree of windage. If it's not something huge and a "too much wind to claw upwind to the other side" scenario isn't really a problem, I don't see why hand paddles wouldn't work fine, at less weight - but if thos...
by Shaggy
Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: The Paddle Thread: consolidation & index
Replies: 4
Views: 9250

BROKEN PADDLES

Summary: Broken paddles currently seem to be a rare problem, but it feels anything but rare when it happens to you on the wrong side of a river, so I thought this should have its own section. :arrow: Aquabound Splat & Manta Ray paddles have a solid history with (1) known freak break (sounds like a ...
by Shaggy
Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: The Paddle Thread: consolidation & index
Replies: 4
Views: 9250

STUCK PADDLES

Stuck paddles seem to be the most common paddle problem, and warrant as special summary. Quotes are from http://www.alpackaraft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=246 unless otherwise noted. dukepeterson brought up a common problem: I have been paddling my boat in the surf for a few months and as a co...
by Shaggy
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: The Paddle Thread: consolidation & index
Replies: 4
Views: 9250

The Paddle Thread: consolidation & index

Attempting to consolidate highlights from past threads in a permanent sticky . Give a shout if you feel I've quoted your past commentary too far out of context to be meaningful. If there's something else you think should be included in this thread, post or PM me. Counter-commentary also welcome. :ar...
by Shaggy
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Throw bag
Replies: 4
Views: 2324

Re: Throw bag

I use a light throwbag built by Solgear (www.solgear.com). I tried some DIY experiments w/ climbing cord and the like, on my own. It was easy to throw, but the rope sank. The finer the line, the harder it is to grip in the water. After playing around with it a bit, I just didn't feel comfortable wit...
by Shaggy
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Development Report
Replies: 4
Views: 1798

Re: Alpacka Development Report

One will be coming up to AK fairly soon, Tim, and we were hoping you'd be around to try it out some. Last I heard you were in NZ... are you home?
by Shaggy
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ultralight Paddle opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 1588

Re: Ultralight Paddle opinions

I know that Ryan Jordan at backpacking light did a podcast review of the Ultralight. I think can find it at www.packpackinglight.com. I worked on the development but haven't used it as much as I'd like since then. Breadth of river & urgency of crossing seem like relevent factors for this use. If the...
by Shaggy
Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Forums will be moving
Replies: 0
Views: 957

Packraft Forums will be moving

Hi All,

We plan on moving the Packraft forums shortly to a new location unnaffiliated with Alpacka. It's completely amicable, to make the forums totally separate from Alpacka. At this time, it looks like the best option. We're still working it out.
by Shaggy
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 10570

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

This one's a prototype using an experimental alternative to thigh straps.

by Shaggy
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solo packrafting?
Replies: 4
Views: 2540

Re: Solo packrafting?

I think risk assessment and pre-testing your own abilities becomes even more important for solo boating. Although I do solo boat from time to time, I will "boat under my ability" when I do so. Floats Alone: I have little reservation about doing river floats alone. In fact, I used to sometimes float ...
by Shaggy
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 4050

Re: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

Alpine huts, espresso, wine corks for valve caps... it's very civilized, this European way of doing things 8-)
by Shaggy
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 4050

Re: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

Thanks for the beta on approximate 20mm compatability andrew; very good to know. Maybe someday we'll go metric on this side of the pond.... ;) Shoutdiggity, do you think a strip of Patch-N-Go would work, too :?: I can't help observe the standard threading means you can build adapters for other thing...
by Shaggy
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 4050

Re: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

Couple other options... :arrow: Inflation Bag Fix 1. Bust off your inflation bag valve. If it's a loose one, you sometimes pop the assembly apart. If it's really tight, you pretty much have to cut the bag off. Either way, you can then seal & tape over the blunt end of the valve, and screw it into th...
by Shaggy
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 17162

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

My impression is that Feathercraft really built the Baylee as a tender. Having seen it in person, I think it could serve quite well for that, but isn't a "packraft" in the same sense of an Alpacka, more of a stowable inflatable dingy. Whereas the Explorer is a 1-2 person low-pressure boat, it struck...
by Shaggy
Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6075

Re: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

General Beta from Alpacka: I wanted to provide some info on what Alpacka Raft is seeing. So far, evidence Alpacka has suggests that shoulder problems like this have been an isolated thing among a few boaters. For the vast majority of packrafters, shoulder injury doesn't appear to be a problem, at l...
by Shaggy
Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6075

Shoulder Loosening

Although I haven't had PR shoulder problems, I had a bunch of various pains etc. up there related to firefighting & working a lot on computers. Lately I've been doing a lot of re-mobilizing & re-enervation stuff that's helped my shoulders quite a bit (much of it from a Russian art called Systema, if...
by Shaggy
Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas
Replies: 7
Views: 5045

Re: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas

My Alpacka-painting adventure did not meet with success. :( I used Rustoleum surveyor's paint, and a camo color. Once dry, I could start flaking both off immediately, just by working the fabric with my hands. The urethane is not adherent for the paint, and I think the flexibility of the fabric also ...
by Shaggy
Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6075

Re: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

Thanks for posting, shoutdiggity. I remember talking about your shoulder, but I didn't realize it was from paddling. Did the doc have any specific observations on the ergonomics?
by Shaggy
Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 4979

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

On the titanium helmet, seems like the factors would be: :arrow: Fabricator. Titanium is a mother to work with, apparently, so there are relatively few fabricators who work with it, and fabrication cost is relatively. W/ my limited experience, my guess is it would need to be a pre-existing, relative...
by Shaggy
Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6075

Re: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

I can confirm that (in my time working for Alpacka) this is the first time I've heard of this, and Sheri's never mentioned hearing of it to me, either. There's actually a seat elevating option already: the Explorer Seat. It can be installed on top of the existing seat, providing a lift. Not sure how...