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by andrewallan
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Expedition Starfish movie
Replies: 2
Views: 1614

Re: Expedition Starfish movie

WOW! What a great trip. Spectacular footage. Were there just the 3 of you? How long were you out for? I loved it. I'm amazed no-one else has commented, however Sth America is at the bottom of the forum list, so you do need to make an effort to see any postings! I'd love to do what you have done........
by andrewallan
Wed May 15, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip report: Whirinaki River, North Island, NZ
Replies: 2
Views: 1251

Re: Trip report: Whirinaki River, North Island, NZ

What a beautiful river......to have a fly rod, and a packraft. What about fish up, raft out next time?

A
by andrewallan
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American Packrafting Association
Replies: 8
Views: 52573

Re: American Packrafting Association

Brad, I've replied directly to you and lawnpotter by emil. I should have replied generally on the forum . Please feel free to put my response on the forum. I'm happy for all to read and think about, as it is raises some issues, important to me, and maybe irrelevant to others. Andrew A " and if I wan...
by andrewallan
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: River Dee (Scottish Highlands)
Replies: 3
Views: 2115

Re: River Dee (Scottish Highlands)

Lucky you. My primary interest in rivers is fly fishing. Packrafting is secondary. If you have access to raft freely over there, you're on clover. I haven't been to Scotland for 20sh years....but I still have great memories of the Dee, Don, Glen Nevis, etc etc. Get out here and pt some piccies. Andr...
by andrewallan
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: American Packrafting Association
Replies: 8
Views: 52573

Re: American Packrafting Association

Hmmm. Why couldn't it just have been left as it was? Once you start an American site, all us others who live in minimaly litiginous societies get lumped with all the legal crap that we don't deserve. I think our perspective helps to keep you ( Americans!) appropriately focused on enjoying life outsi...
by andrewallan
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:49 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Re: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)

A lovely response Kirkinbend. I laughed as well. However...... Whilst you've given lots of information about melting points etc, I was only planning on heating up water to 100C.....not heating the helmet to a zillion degrees to nicely sear a steak. I expect that would deform the poor thing. We have ...
by andrewallan
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Just back from TdP and O'Higgins NP
Replies: 7
Views: 4071

Re: Just back from TdP and O'Higgins NP

Bugger. I have recently deleted my face book account. I'm at a stage of life (50yo) where I don't embrace what Facebook involves. I look fwd to seeing your Vimeo sometime.

A
by andrewallan
Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:40 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: River Dee (Scottish Highlands)
Replies: 3
Views: 2115

Re: River Dee (Scottish Highlands)

What a lovely opportunity to paddle some amazing water. Is it the Dee or Don that flows past Balmoral and Mar Lodge? (Or are these on different rivers?!!). How do you go paddling rivers that are "owned" by the landholders on either side. Do you have to pay access fees, as one does to fish such river...
by andrewallan
Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Just back from TdP and O'Higgins NP
Replies: 7
Views: 4071

Re: Just back from TdP and O'Higgins NP

Any piccies/blog etc. Sounds an amazing trip.

A
by andrewallan
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:50 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Lightweight PFD
Replies: 18
Views: 14565

Re: Lightweight PFD

Proper PFDs - go to a kayaking or boating store. Alternative options that may or may not float - MLD "thing", or MYO, or be innovative!

A
by andrewallan
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yo Darren....sent you a PM
Replies: 4
Views: 896

Re: Yo Darren....sent you a PM

Hey, Chris, have you pack rafted that bit of the Geehi?...

Many years ago we used to spend many Uni holidays up around Reeds Flat. The river was pretty low then. You'd want a good fresh to raft it.

A
by andrewallan
Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)

Not wishing to give up on this concept, I found these...

http://www.cricorp.com/skullbucket/

Has anyone tried them? Not sure about weight, but at least they are commercially available!

Quoted as 12 oz.

Andrew A
by andrewallan
Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ south island in Feb
Replies: 4
Views: 1207

Re: NZ south island in Feb

Hi Steve. Have a look at Travers and d'urville RSI in Nelson lakes NP. 2 days walk and fish, and fun raft out, and easy access. Obviously Karamea tribs are also good, but access more of a problem,and quick trips harder to do. The rivers around Qtown I think need a special licence to fish, acquired b...
by andrewallan
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Eucumbene...perrrrrrfect.
Replies: 4
Views: 959

Re: Eucumbene...perrrrrrfect.

Presuming Euc paddlers have testicle warmers, or tight collars to keep them down....

A
by andrewallan
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: NZ 2013

I've fished the Goulter. What I saw of the lower section was pretty tame. The d'Urville looked a good river for rafting, if you're up that way, as would be the upper reaches of the Wairau.

A
by andrewallan
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: Africa
Topic: Congo R via Banff Mtn Festival
Replies: 1
Views: 3987

Congo R via Banff Mtn Festival

Went to BMF recently , and there was a fantastic, albeit v moving movie about some guys who paddled the Congo. Huge rapids, with amazing stoppers and holes. Campsites were difficult because of hippos and elephants on the bank. Having traversed some amazing terrain, the leader of the group capsized, ...
by andrewallan
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft as a bathtub?
Replies: 13
Views: 8093

Re: Packraft as a bathtub?

The hottest temperature a human can touch comfortably is 46c. A hydrotherapy pool is about 30c. You'll obviously be somewhere in between. I'd doubt that that temp would melt any glue. Mind you, when you can get pretty wet in a raft, and that's rob enough to wash the loins. Maybe not as enjoyable as ...
by andrewallan
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Air Bladders or foam in Rain Jacket in place of PFD?
Replies: 1
Views: 1377

Re: Air Bladders or foam in Rain Jacket in place of PFD?

No, haven't done this, as the seams would compromise my rain coat.

I'm very happy with my home made PFD using wine bladders. The light nylon shell is only about 200g, and it works well as a PFD.

A
by andrewallan
Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:45 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY Spray Deck
Replies: 14
Views: 15035

Re: DIY Spray Deck

It was fun trying to fit a spray deck: http://packrafting.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=829&p=3713&hilit=retrofitting+a+spray+deck#p3713 Worked pretty well, but the fabric/velcro that ran vertically along the waist tube needed a taper to it, as it is a tight fit at the lower end. I'd also like an e...
by andrewallan
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: paddle-to-tent pole mod
Replies: 1
Views: 2587

Re: paddle-to-tent pole mod

Such mods like this are great. Well done.

A paddle pole also makes a good "walking pole" if you put rubber chair stoppers on the ends. We just spent 10 days in a remote NZ river valley using the central 2 pieces of a 4 piece paddle as a pole, and the rubber stoppers were great.

AA
by andrewallan
Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:29 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Inflate Bag repair - quick fix
Replies: 1
Views: 1581

Re: Inflate Bag repair - quick fix

I've not ever had an issue with inflation bag failing. However, your post does raise some issues with inflation bags. They are very easy to make....basic sewing skills only. The screw fitting is a standard plumbing fitting with some pipe pushed inside to hold it together. Today I made a roll top dry...
by andrewallan
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: My "ultimate packrafting/fly-fishing" day-pack
Replies: 2
Views: 2764

Re: My "ultimate packrafting/fly-fishing" day-pack

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by andrewallan
Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:23 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: My "ultimate packrafting/fly-fishing" day-pack
Replies: 2
Views: 2764

My "ultimate packrafting/fly-fishing" day-pack

As prelude, my major packraft use is an annual trip to a wilderness NZ river, where we helicopter in, walk upstream, find a suitable campsite,fly-fish upstream for the day, packraft back down to camp, and repeat this exercise every 1-2 days, and at the end of the trip, have a full day packraft back ...
by andrewallan
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:41 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Looking for rafting destination NSW
Replies: 14
Views: 3418

Re: Looking for rafting destination NSW

What about the Geehi R, or Murray R................ Never done it, but would love to raft the Geehi from Geehi Flat down to Khancoban Pondage, through the gorge. Perhaps drive to Khancoban, walk or mtn bike along the Geehi Walls trail to Geehi Flat, and then raft back to car..............or leave ca...
by andrewallan
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome
Replies: 33
Views: 10358

Re: Group paddle weekend of 10/11th Sept - all welcome

A bugger about the parking spot. How did you extract yourself from that? We almost parked off the side of MT Hotham a few weeks ago. Slipped out on a corner at 10-15kph, and slid sidewards along the road for about 70m before straightening up. New trousers all round, as I presume it was in your car. A
by andrewallan
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Manually Inflatable PFD
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Re: Manually Inflatable PFD

You can take the CO2 cylinder off the auto-inflating ones, and blow them up by mouth. Also consider Mountain Laurel Designs "thing", which is whatever you want it to be, or MYO using 10l milk/ wine bladders, or inflatable pillows in a lightweight shell.
by andrewallan
Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Jury's out...Explorer or Llama?
Replies: 8
Views: 2615

Re: Jury's out...Explorer or Llama?

Llama. I've got two (old models), and they've been great, but I wish it was about 2 " shorter, so I didn't slip off the seat. I'm 5'11, and 85ish kg, but my paddling partners are 5'4-5'7, and have never complained - possibly coz I've provided the boat??!

AA
by andrewallan
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:18 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: NRS packraft floor for 2011 llama
Replies: 2
Views: 1597

Re: NRS packraft floor for 2011 llama

I'm not so sure about using a floor in the raft.............. I've previously tried a mat as a floor in my Llama (an insulmat, which fitted perfecty), but found that it raised the boat enough to make it significantly a lot more tippy in white water, so I'd prefer not to have a mat at all. The seat i...
by andrewallan
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: melbourne-seymour-tahbilk retutrn bikeraft
Replies: 2
Views: 897

Re: melbourne-seymour-tahbilk retutrn bikeraft

That'd be a big day! The Goulburn there is basically flat water paddling - albeit with a current. Finding some accessible white water by public transport might be challenging- though the Yarra at Warburton might be ok after rain, and I suppose the Homestead Rd loop of the at Wonga Park is also acces...
by andrewallan
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft bass fishing.
Replies: 3
Views: 1629

Re: Packraft bass fishing.

I'm a little confused K....

You're asking about Northern Virginia is a forum subgroup about Australia........I reckon you'd be hard pushed to find anyone on this bit of the forum with any idea about this!

AA
by andrewallan
Thu May 19, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddle on a plane
Replies: 7
Views: 2818

Re: Paddle on a plane

Have a fantastic trip, wherever you are going. I've got a Splat paddle, and it has been bashed around horrendously, and has no sign of wear. The rafts are also almost indestructable (excepting bears, spiny rock fish and barnacles, if I recall properly). Again, I've scraped mine on so many rocks, and...
by andrewallan
Wed May 18, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddle on a plane
Replies: 7
Views: 2818

Re: Paddle on a plane

Mine's survived multiple trips to NZ just packed inside my rucksac, although I do pack it with the shafts "protected" by the paddle blades.

Andrew A
by andrewallan
Wed May 18, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yarra River
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Yarra River

The nearest "white" (brown) water to Melbourne, is found in the mid reaches of the Yarra R, which flows through the city. About 40mins drive from the CBD there are some rapids, enjoyed by desperate kayakers, especially when the river is running high. There are 2 major rapids in this section between ...
by andrewallan
Mon May 16, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park
Replies: 6
Views: 1542

Re: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park

Steve, sadly no immediate plans to fish Eucumbene, though your question makes me realize I should extract my digit and get away somewhere.

Unfortunately the trout season always seems to finish BEFORE the rains come!!

A
by andrewallan
Mon May 16, 2011 2:58 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park
Replies: 6
Views: 1542

Re: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park

Did the Homestead Rd to Wittons Reserve loop yesterday. River running at 1.64m. Got creamed by a big hole and stopper at the Wonga Park rapid. My mate was lucky enough to push through on the true left. Whilst I noticed the stopper a month ago at 1.54m, it didn't have much impact on our trip. Maybe I...
by andrewallan
Mon May 16, 2011 2:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Straps
Replies: 3
Views: 1763

Re: Straps

I just made my own, using 3/4 " webbing and a fastex buckle. They hold a 20kg pack securely, and are cheap and easy to make. No failure yet.

AA
by andrewallan
Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which raft should I purchase? Durable?
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

Re: Which raft should I purchase? Durable?

The Alpacka web site gives lots of info about sizing .

The rafts are pretty well indestructible.

Splash out the cash, and have fun.

A
by andrewallan
Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:17 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park
Replies: 6
Views: 1542

Yarra R packrafting Wonga Park

Rafted the Yarra today from Homestead Rd to Reserve Rd, a 5km loop. River was running high at 1.54m - the last time I did it was a few years ago at 0.52m. Then it was nicely defined rapids, and v boney. Today was much less defined. Previous rapids became a series of standing waves. The 60 cm drop mi...
by andrewallan
Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonian wilderness 2011 - Call for adventurers
Replies: 5
Views: 3765

Re: Patagonian wilderness 2011 - Call for adventurers

WOW, and WOW again. What a fantastic trip, and what amazing images. Amazingly, as a GP in Melbourne, Australia, in the last 2 days, I have had 4 patients who have recently been to Patagonia. I have always wanted to go there since I was a student, but time has not been on my side. During my student d...
by andrewallan
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: New Packrafter here...some gear questions?
Replies: 7
Views: 2452

Re: New Packrafter here...some gear questions?

I'm not the person to ask about pfds! I have a home made inflatable vest, made using wine bladders for floatation in a nylon shell. It suits me, but that doesn't mean it is suitable or recommended! The paddle I've got is the model called the "splat". Have fun. Glad you've inflated it in the living r...
by andrewallan
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: New Packrafter here...some gear questions?
Replies: 7
Views: 2452

Re: New Packrafter here...some gear questions?

Benj0,

I've had an aquabound splat for 4yrs. It's been treated quite roughly with the only problem being sticking ferules, which is covered elsewhere in the forum. It's been great.
Andrew A
by andrewallan
Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Any ideas about the ultimate tarp and bug protection
Replies: 9
Views: 4558

Re: Any ideas about the ultimate tarp and bug protection

Jules, I've been a long follower of Roger Caffin's FAQs - fascinating reading. Uncoolperson - yep, it would be possible just to fit in under our bigger home tarp, but I'd like a little more roof covering for sleeping under. When it rains there, it can really rain properly! (as in the river can rise ...
by andrewallan
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 15
Views: 6434

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

Ammo farmer. I hope your raft gives you as much joy as I've had with mine, and I hope my hammock works as well for me as yours has!
Andrew A
by andrewallan
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 15
Views: 6434

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

Wow, never heard of the Moment - cute little tent. Im going to try a Hennesy Ultralight - the rivers I fish in NZ have very few suitable areas for pitching a tent, but lots of trees, and lots of rocky ground, and having the facility to sleep above ground, irrespective of what the ground is like (plu...
by andrewallan
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 15
Views: 6434

Re: Hammocks, tarps and tents

Richard, this concept of rigging a tarp between the "4 piece paddle segments...............packraft centric system" - do you mean that are you using the paddle in 2 sections as a ridgeline for a tarp, or are you using a central guy rope on the tarp pulled vertically, and the 4 separate sections of p...
by andrewallan
Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Revisiting helmets and billies
Replies: 0
Views: 956

Revisiting helmets and billies

I know that we had this discussion before, but since then there have been a lot more new members on the forum, and maybe someone else has something to add about this. Has anyone come across a metal helmet that you can cook in, yet? (like the WW1 ones). Or, an aluminium bowl that is the right size to...
by andrewallan
Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hammocks, tarps and tents
Replies: 15
Views: 6434

Hammocks, tarps and tents

What are the thoughts from the crowd about hammocks, vs sleeping on upturned raft under tarp, vs tents. I've previously been a tenter, but had a fantastically comfortable night on an upturned raft under a tarp last year, leading to think more about it. Would need to design some serious bug protectio...
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?
Replies: 10
Views: 2873

Re: OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?

Forrest, I'm not sure if your response related to my original post, or something subsequent, however, having read them all again, I figured that you might have felt that I had included you in "those Alaskans who visit NZ", and that wasn't my intention. You've obviously had some fun times in NZ this ...
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Any ideas about the ultimate tarp and bug protection
Replies: 9
Views: 4558

Any ideas about the ultimate tarp and bug protection

I'm looking at making a tarp/bugnet system for our next NZ trip in Jan 2012, that allows us to sleep bug free on an upturned raft, and also to be relatively dry. We plan to take a tarp (perhaps 8' x 10' as well, for more general shelter, should we need to stand around under something in the pissing ...
by andrewallan
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY Spray Deck
Replies: 14
Views: 15035

Re: DIY Spray Deck

Yep , I've done 3, the first 2 out of silinylon which wasn't strong enough, and the latest out of heavier fabric, which gas been good. Email me at mathouramedical@netspace.net.au and I'll send some piccies. I thunk there was a thread on this forum a year or two back where I posted a piccy as well - ...