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by RomanDial
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Annotated gear list
Replies: 3
Views: 882

Annotated gear list

Yo, For anybody who'd like to see what the author (me) of the first packrafting book (now down to the last 75 copies) took on his latest and perhaps greatest wilderness trip for gear, food and boat stuff, have a gander at http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2017/07/arctic-alaska-packrafting-gear.html Of...
by RomanDial
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Willow
Replies: 1
Views: 2397

Upper Willow

Not sure I should even post this here, and it's not meant to sandbag anybody, but Upper Willow is my favorite packrafting creek -- in the world (sorry Ship). It feels like Ship Creek did in the early 2000's: right at the confluence of terror and control, and so improbable that when you do it (and I ...
by RomanDial
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Guy needing some Gnu Feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 2751

Re: New Guy needing some Gnu Feedback

I'd say it's the perfect family and wife packraft. If I'd had one thirty years ago, my wife would like the water. Instead I tortured her in wee boats where she froze. Amazing we are still together. I think the high pressure GNU in vectran is the best family packraft out there. Buy it then get a card...
by RomanDial
Tue May 27, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 18010

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Best class III in the Anchorage Bowl when Eagle River reads 4 feet or less. No wood to speak of (a little piece here or there), nice and clean and beautiful with the beautiful green and snowy mountains and no bugs. We floated down to Albert Loop Trail and had to squeeze past a little sweeper activit...
by RomanDial
Tue May 13, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2011 Yellow Llama whitewater deck
Replies: 1
Views: 832

Re: 2011 Yellow Llama whitewater deck

The Llama sold in hours.
by RomanDial
Tue May 13, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2011 Yellow Llama whitewater deck
Replies: 1
Views: 832

2011 Yellow Llama whitewater deck

Extended stern, yellow Llama, thigh strap ready, whitewater deck.

$800
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:09 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: getting Big Boats to fit
Replies: 7
Views: 5038

Re: getting Big Boats to fit

I have been using the backband and foot block for most of my trips now that are anything Class III+ and under and leave the thigh straps off as thigh straps make my old creaky hip joints ache. With a seat moved forward and back back on the back rest attached to the thigh strap D-rings and feet pushe...
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 25107

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

The APU packrafting class put in right below the straining, lower moraine at Eagle Lake on Wednesday, Sept 4 when Ship was running at 5.8. One of the party of 12 even ran the first drop out of Eagle lake into the little pond below, then portaged the straining moraine and continued. Super fun amuseme...
by RomanDial
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Whittier to Seward Hwy via Portage Pass, Lake, and Creek
Replies: 0
Views: 723

Whittier to Seward Hwy via Portage Pass, Lake, and Creek

An obvious and attractive line across the narrow Kenai isthmus, it took eleven of us only five hours in wind and rain to go from Whittier to the Seward Highway by way of Portage Pass, Portage Lake and Portage Creek. While I am sure it has been done many times, I post it here as it is an excellent be...
by RomanDial
Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Swiftwater rescue Training: Anchorage Aug 28-Aug 30
Replies: 0
Views: 646

Swiftwater rescue Training: Anchorage Aug 28-Aug 30

We have a swiftwater rescue course with Eric Riley and there is space for more.

It's a three day course and packrafting specific.

Let me know here if you are interested or call my office at APU 907-564-8296. It'll likely be at Eagle River.
by RomanDial
Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: getting Big Boats to fit
Replies: 7
Views: 5038

Re: getting Big Boats to fit

Kirk, That looks super light weight and clever. Nice job and thanks for showing us.

I like that minicell -- I'll try one of those lightweight backbands you showed for wilderness travel.
by RomanDial
Mon May 27, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: getting Big Boats to fit
Replies: 7
Views: 5038

getting Big Boats to fit

Alpacka has a clever way to get a boat to fit: wedge your feet into the narrow bow space and push your back against the back tube. However I am a Yak size by that method, yet I prefer a Llama's stability and high volume. So I stuff a 3" thick semicircle of minifoam (http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/produc...
by RomanDial
Mon May 27, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 10049

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

Besides coming back from Mexico last winter with big drop inspiration, Luc showed me this: http://www.kayakshed.com/jackson-kayaks/surelock-backband-kit It's a whitewater kayak backband. You clip it in with locking carabiners to your metal D-ring set up and you are locked in. Combine it with a 4" th...
by RomanDial
Sat May 25, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Gilahena + Lower Kuskalana, Wrangells
Replies: 1
Views: 839

Upper Gilahena + Lower Kuskalana, Wrangells

The Gilahena on the north side and the Klu on the south side of the Chitina are two of the few clearwater creeks in the Chitina Valley that have been run in packrafts. For years I've looked at the lower Gilahena downstream of the Trestle on the drive in and thought, nah, looks too woody and shallow....
by RomanDial
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Anaktuvuk to Circle Lake: Gates of the Arctic NP
Replies: 2
Views: 2464

Re: Anaktuvuk to Circle Lake: Gates of the Arctic NP

Nathan. We walked up the Pingaluk in empty water conditions in August and it looks super. If I had the time I'd put in as high as possible on the Pingaluk. I was a timid Class III boater with Peggy (A timid Class II boater). The Nahtuk had the worst brush I have seen in the Brooks Range and a deep a...
by RomanDial
Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains
Replies: 3
Views: 1708

Re: Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Coordinates are Google Earth-able: (maybe you need to change your preferences to decimal degrees? maybe not?)

N 62.6190
W 149.34297

And yep, that lake is 3 miles or so south of the upper Clear (Chunilna) Creek
by RomanDial
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Grab lines/loops in whitewater?
Replies: 6
Views: 7686

Re: Grab lines/loops in whitewater?

Many of us have a tail trailing off a rear grab loop ( a stern line) and tie a "chicken line" to the front four grab loops. I go so far as to use one piece of poly-pro to tie all four forward grab loops together (I like throw rope thickness but many others go with skinny parachute cord) by threading...
by RomanDial
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs
Replies: 21
Views: 15101

Re: Packs

I have been using the Hyperlight Mountain Gear packs this summer and find them ideal. Curiously, the "Expedition Pack" http://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/packs/expedition.html is my new day-tripping, sport-boating pack for walking in to packraft down. Its big volume (4400 cu in) allows me to put i...
by RomanDial
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Arrigetch and Aiyagomahala Creeks, Gates of the Arctic
Replies: 1
Views: 2725

Arrigetch and Aiyagomahala Creeks, Gates of the Arctic

For a number of years I have wanted to fly into the Alatna Valley with a basecamp and big group to explore the many creeks that radiate out from the Arrigetch Creek area. In a 20 mile stretch of the Alatna there are four creeks on the river left bank (Nahtuk, Pingaluk, Kutuk, Unakserak) and another ...
by RomanDial
Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: "Valdez to McCarthy" AMWC
Replies: 0
Views: 1281

"Valdez to McCarthy" AMWC

Ok so this really doesn't start in Valdez, but rather at the elbow on the Richardson Highway at Thompson Pass. And it doesn't finish in McCarthy either, but rather at the Lakina Bridge, 15 miles west of McCarthy. As a 130-135 mile traverse of the Eastern Chugach in the Wrangell St. Elias National Pa...
by RomanDial
Mon May 07, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Southern Appalachians
Replies: 4
Views: 2429

Re: Southern Appalachians

We found info on the American Whitewater Page.


But it's a really neat canyon and you could likely scramble along it to get a feel for it. It'd be an all day scramble but never cliffs out.
by RomanDial
Mon May 07, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova
Replies: 6
Views: 4190

Re: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova

Give it a go. I'd ride down the Kennicott bar maybe a ways as I recall it being bony in May and maybe not so easy with bike on board. The Nizina and Chitina should be no problem. Watch after noon winds can bring you to stand still in sand storm. If you flip, get on top of upside down boat to calmer ...
by RomanDial
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Staying in the seat with thigh straps
Replies: 3
Views: 3611

Re: Staying in the seat with thigh straps

Luc has attached the Baylee backband to his thigh strap D rings.

I have an old pillow-style seat I use with two inch velcro to keep it vertical behind my back.

Tim says Alpacka has been working on a Baylee-style backband.
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Southern Appalachians
Replies: 4
Views: 2429

Southern Appalachians

Luc Mehl, Tim Johnson and I spent a week and a half in the SE. We went to the SE over January instead of New Zealand and it was GREAT! Great packrafting in that you can easily fly down with all your gear and go roadside boating. The steep clean drops are great for working on your boof strokes and th...
by RomanDial
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 95714

Re: Youtube Videos!

Here's my 2011 Compilation:

all the packrafts in here are Alpackas and some show how well the 2011 models handle big drops and kill bandersnatches
by RomanDial
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 6200

Re: Bird Creek

Bird from the usual upstream put in is clean of wood except the place it's had a big wood portage for the last few years. That's still there, a few corners down from the put-in and where you eddy out river right. Overall the recent highwater has left the run in good shape and it's fun, especially in...
by RomanDial
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fjord Explorer or Double Duck?
Replies: 4
Views: 1881

Re: Fjord Explorer or Double Duck?

That was a custom boat. I will measure its dimensions, but on that Canyonlands trip there was another couple, Forrest and Amy, I recall, who were in the Explorer. Inside the boat, it's quite narrow in the bow and stern. The boat we used is much more rounded inside. The idea was to make a boat big en...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 95714

Re: Youtube Videos!

Three trips with Thai: (1) Upper Willow, with and without thigh straps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLhNaS_I-I Thai Verzone in the stubby yellow boat with orange deck has no thigh straps and an old, long sea kayak paddle. Keeps up and shines. (2) Aniakchak, too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJM...
by RomanDial
Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh strap installation failures
Replies: 5
Views: 2543

Re: Thigh strap installation failures

bummer. i have put thigh straps on five boats now and never had failure.....maybe I left something out of the video? MEK x 3 each side mix Stabond w/hardener till amber colored one coat, let dry, second let dry, third coat dry to touch and I just heat up one side with low heat then put together and ...
by RomanDial
Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 14322

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

wow that big rig is NICE! would like to paddle it.
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek Sweeper
Replies: 1
Views: 1592

Re: Granite Creek Sweeper

Granite Creek on the Kenai at Turnagain Pass from Lyon Creek to Highway and then below to E Fork Six Mile is a good beginner/intermediate run. Did it yesterday with a bunch of APU students and it was great practice and they loved it. Lots of sweepers (we likely portaged about a half dozen times) but...
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River
Replies: 12
Views: 5573

Re: Oregon - Eagle Cap Wilderness - Minam River

Any more details than that?
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Mekong River, NW Yunnan, China
Replies: 1
Views: 3257

Mekong River, NW Yunnan, China

The Meili Mtns of this part of China are super beautiful -- there's one peak (Mianzimu 6054 m) that is so attractive it makes me want to become a climber as it's unclimbed looks and looks a little like Alpamayo, and another like Amadablam (also unclimbed) and then some that look like Torres del Pain...
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Hope to Homer
Replies: 5
Views: 1926

Re: Hope to Homer

awesome.
by RomanDial
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova
Replies: 6
Views: 4190

Re: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova

Should be good. More water generally in September than October. How long is your Otter? September can also be high if lots of rain. Kennicott is only a few miles long and Nizina is good and deep. The kennicott is the smallest of those rivers. There is an ATV trail down to the nizina somewhere out th...
by RomanDial
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 95714

Yakutat to Glacier Bay

Eric Parsons, Dylan Kentch, Mike Curiak, Steve "Doom" Fassbinder and I fat bike and packrafted the 225 miles down the wildest part of the Lost Coast in 10 days of late June. Gordy and Thai even left us a note at the outlet of the lake draining Grand Plateau Glacier. This trip showed me the value of ...
by RomanDial
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Susitna
Replies: 10
Views: 4756

Re: Little Susitna

I agree, John, the new longer boats the 450 cfs water runs cleaner and easier.
by RomanDial
Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:23 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Bikerafting
Replies: 34
Views: 24963

Re: Bikerafting

We have flipped and it is ugly. On the upper Talkeetna I fell in a hole and got flipped. Tried hanging on for a minute to get my breath and found that the paddle was stuck through the fork so could not right the boat. Pulled paddle out (challenge). Still couldn't right the boat. Heavy current, cold ...
by RomanDial
Wed May 18, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 38929

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

@ Raven,

By mouth.

Would like to use bicycle pump but my son has it; made up a little giszmo to finish off the boats with bike pump but need a little bike pump again.
by RomanDial
Tue May 17, 2011 8:51 am
Forum: Northern
Topic: Anaktuvuk to Circle Lake: Gates of the Arctic NP
Replies: 2
Views: 2464

Anaktuvuk to Circle Lake: Gates of the Arctic NP

Over on Hedrik Morkel's blog I posted a trip report of the Anaktuvuk-John-Wolverine Cr-Nahtuk-Pingaluk-Alatna trip with Andrew Skurka from last August (2010). It's about 120 miles and a week would be leisurely. The John is a great float as far as Wolverine Creek and Wolverine Creek is surprisingly g...
by RomanDial
Mon May 16, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Straps
Replies: 3
Views: 1912

Re: Straps

nathanm About 1 minute into this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1knHmqDrPeM) you'll see what I use. Like you, I used those Kelty straps for years. Now I get what Hig calls "ladder lock" straps at REI they call them accessory straps. I do not use fastex buckles (http://www.rei.com/product/813836/rei...
by RomanDial
Mon May 16, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: First rivers ready?
Replies: 6
Views: 1762

Re: First rivers ready?

John N. We just ran the lower canyon. Hike in from the big elbow at Yoder (or drive in 4 WD) to the enormous mud pit. The mud pit's really wide, as 4-wheelers have been going in many different directions -- like five lanes wide. To get here you go to the big elbow in Yoder and take ATV trail left al...
by RomanDial
Sun May 15, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 95714

Re: Youtube Videos!

Decided to buy a new camera and try HD:

Montana Creek: May 14, 2011



Little Susitna: June 8, 2011



East Fork Iron Creek: July 9, 2011

by RomanDial
Sun May 15, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: First rivers ready?
Replies: 6
Views: 1762

Re: First rivers ready?

Montana Creek is open at a gauge reading 450 cfs yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX6UbQpRE2E

There's a little ice, but was super fun, if a long drive from Anchorage.
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile, 2011
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Six Mile, 2011

Lots of ice bridges in third canyon.

Not quite ready for general consumption yet.

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2011/04 ... t-and.html
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 38929

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

The new boat is the best Alpacka thing since spray decks.

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2011/04 ... t-and.html
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 313
Views: 95714

Re: Youtube Videos!

That video on the 30 days in the GC is so good, I think I am going to quit making videos.

Fall 2011? Does that mean Banff?
by RomanDial
Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft portaging
Replies: 0
Views: 1502

Packraft portaging

On the Franklin River recently we had some interesting portages. The easiest way was to strap the pack on the bow in such a way so that we could pick the boat up and walk with it inflated on our backpacks. This video shows how to attach the pack to the boat in a simple, convenient and secure way usi...