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by Darren
Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Bents Basin Friday 8th June
Replies: 2
Views: 1279

Re: Bents Basin Friday 8th June

Hi Jeremy, I can't make this one unfortunately but take care and have fun. Couple of things....If you follow the fire trail all the way to the end of the ridge, it swings hard left and down a hill which brings you out at the put in only a few hundred meters above the fish ladder. Portage this on riv...
by Darren
Mon May 28, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting training 2.0 (Sydney)
Replies: 3
Views: 1615

Re: Packrafting training 2.0 (Sydney)

I'm booked up for a while now but if other plans fall through I may check it out. :-)
by Darren
Fri May 25, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting training 2.0 (Sydney)
Replies: 3
Views: 1615

Re: Packrafting training 2.0 (Sydney)

Hey Jeremy, Sorry for the late reply mate.....Things can get a bit slow around here. Good to hear you pulled the trigger on a raft and are making the effort to train up. Sounds like you are doing all the right things before you head off OS, and make sure you post up any trip reports wherever you may...
by Darren
Wed May 23, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: PFD Sydney
Replies: 8
Views: 3044

Re: PFD Sydney

I bought a used Macpac one off Chris. It's an old one but does the job.
by Darren
Wed May 23, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: PFD Sydney
Replies: 8
Views: 3044

Re: PFD Sydney

Good info Dale. I bought an Astral V-eight also from Paddlecraft at Pittwater but recently acquired a rescue vest for bigger WW trips.
by Darren
Wed May 23, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

PM sent.
by Darren
Tue May 22, 2012 2:31 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

Fishdejour wrote: Eden to Mallacoota?

Steve
I dare say you'll have the home ground advantage.
by Darren
Sun May 20, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

Both suggestions sound worthy of the six pack. I'm thinking that 130 clicks would turn into 180 clicks of pain.

Some good terrain and rivers between Araluen & KV.... Tough country depending on route too.

What are peoples thoughts on MTB's for part of any route?
by Darren
Thu May 17, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

Yeah, heaps of options for setting up nice multi-activity courses. I would love a simple event where people just went from point a to point b as fast as possible, and it would be great to have an interesting course where a packraft would be useful. The hawkesbury classic looks interesting and I've ...
by Darren
Thu May 17, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

Very Generous offer Steve, thanks. I'd probably save you the hassle and steal Craig's boat as he lives close by, and anyway...I'd hate to get blood on your deck. I'll do some more homework on the tides etc. Cheers mate.
by Darren
Wed May 16, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

It would be great to paddle the Classic although it would definitely be a test of mental toughness in a packraft as opposed to any gauge of physical prowess. Some would say a pointless exercise, but seriously challenging none the less and probably why its mildly appealing. The tides and wind are the...
by Darren
Mon May 14, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Multisport with packraft
Replies: 21
Views: 6076

Re: Multisport with packraft

Great thought provoking post mate! I agree with Steve on the flatwater paddle too. I have done a slightly longer daily distance on the Colo but that has the odd rapid to speed things up. 33klm flat paddle is a tough day, especially in the time frame you did. Awesome. I actually had this slightly ser...
by Darren
Fri May 04, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Nymboida Goolang Ck Whitewater Centre, NSW
Replies: 2
Views: 1384

Re: Nymboida Goolang Ck Whitewater Centre, NSW

Nice pics Trevor_S

Out of interest, how did the +1 go in the boil pic? Was it an inward tip & flip or did she pull it off?
by Darren
Thu May 03, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: 12 km of Shoalhaven river frontage for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1768

Re: 12 km of Shoalhaven river frontage for sale

If only Chris! What a magnificent section of the Shoalhaven too.
by Darren
Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Thredbo River SRT pics
Replies: 2
Views: 1496

Thredbo River SRT pics

A massive thanks to Chris for his role in the training weekend at Thredbo! Going out of your way to get involved in packrafting outside of your own interest in the sport speaks volumes for your integrity and easy going nature. We all came away with a great knowledge base and will continue to build o...
by Darren
Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4905

Re: Packraft Training

Yep, PM's. Thanks Chris.
by Darren
Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packraft Training
Replies: 14
Views: 4905

Re: Packraft Training

Thanks Chris, very generous indeed. I'd be happy to listen and learn anything you put forward. For me personally, it's probably less about the paddling skills and more about the river and rescue side of things. A mate or two would also be interested.
by Darren
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 13177

Re: Penrith Whitewater Centre?

Mark, thanks again and don't hold back with the info, we need experienced, respected people going into bat for packrafting. Interesting about the shuttle thing Grasshopper, pretty sure they have provided Gus with the service before....and the death is unfortunate but I'd be interested to hear of kay...
by Darren
Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 13177

Re: Penrith Whitewater Centre?

Hi Mark, thanks for all the great info and thoughts on the subject. As a relative newcomer to world of WW, I'd have to say I've broken many of the cardinal rules (and bones) in the last two and a half years since being introduced to packrafting. I may not be the best example of a packrafter and migh...
by Darren
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR
Replies: 8
Views: 2715

Re: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR

The prom sounds good Craig. I'll get around to it one day.

The drop that Gus is doing in the second pic (leaning back) was an easy clean one but the pic below it had a spurt of cross flow turning it into a potential barrel roll. Great section to run though....kept us on our toes at that level.
by Darren
Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR
Replies: 8
Views: 2715

Re: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR

G.Hopper, at 1m there was plenty of flow and it really is a good section of river. We did portage a couple as there was definitely more water than in the vid but it was consistently good at that height. Craig! Sorry to hear about the fingernail and gear damage. Planning a crossing soon? oh... and a ...
by Darren
Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR
Replies: 8
Views: 2715

Pheasants Nest to Maldon TR

Well after the Shoalhaven fell through, we managed to run a section of the Nepean in good water. Great day out.

Bit of dribble on the blog Here.

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by Darren
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Hey Mick, that wasn't directed at you mate and we are all in the same boat (pardon the pun). Somebody mentioned the idea of risk management etc so I threw it up as a verbal disclaimer. :) I'll paddle anything with anyone and I am probably the biggest liability in any group situation. :) The Shoalie ...
by Darren
Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I hope the missus recovers quickly steve. We'll try again for the Shoalie when things are at reasonable level.

Whats everyone thinking?
by Darren
Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I'm going to sneak Sewells to the dam in soon but I'll be going fast and light baby. 79klm....2-3 days...Well that's the plan anyway.

Wots the go with the Cotter Chris?
by Darren
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

It's not a problem Mick, stick with it. Let's home in on a run and then make the call. I should say though, and I think everyone understands, that we are all paddling at our own risk. There is plenty of info available on the sections so as long as everybody paddles at, or under their ability level b...
by Darren
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Hey Chris, I think at this stage with the rain forecast the level will be too high to suit the group dynamic. I'd like to run it at 1.3 but that's for another day. I have run it at 1m and I think most would portage too much to make it worthwhile. I'm happy to leave it until a later date. Gus and I a...
by Darren
Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Penrith Whitewater Centre?
Replies: 37
Views: 13177

Re: Penrith Whitewater Centre?

From what I've seen go on at the centre, it has nothing to do with the Alpacka rafts. I don't mind saying it's pure ignorance about the progression of Packrafting at this stage. I wish I had more time and the head space to put something together right now. It needs careful and informed, constructive...
by Darren
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

mmm......you could be on the money Gus...
by Darren
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

It should be down to a metre by Sunday. Now its more about the local rainfall which I'll be watching over the next few days.
As for backups I'm easy Gus. Something new would be nice.

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by Darren
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I'll paddle anything Steve. Happy to keep the options open although I reckon we might be right (insert optimism here) with the levels.
A backup plan would be wise though.
by Darren
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Class 2 (Hawaiian).
A good sneak chute river left but the stopper in the middle would easily kill.
by Darren
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

It could be touch and go... potentially a reschedule depending on what happens rain wise in the next few days. Today's heights- 8th March 2012 http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii95/Dibblepics/IDN60234070335.png It's taken quite a bit of restraint on my part not to do some Urban rafting today.....P...
by Darren
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I'll update the list of test pilots as we get closer to the day. Jules??? Be great to catch up if you can get away mate.

Steve
Gus
G.hopper
Darren
Craig (My skiing mate)
by Darren
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Yeah Steve and I don't think we are done yet either. Lets just hope it comes back down before the trip! I would hate to be in the gorge below Peggies right now.
by Darren
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Ok.....The gauge to watch - Hillview This week will be interesting to watch with all the rain.

Level 0.9 to 1.3. (I've run it at 0.72 and still had fun.....just.)

Google map
by Darren
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

Perfect Grasshopper!
Although I don't do a bad job of test dummy either.
by Darren
Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Re: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I think for anyone not sure about it, check a few pics and videos before making a call. The river changes across the recommended spectrum as you can see in the vids. A quote that reflects my thoughts on the AdventurePro site, "Overall, a magnificent section of river and a great introduction to big w...
by Darren
Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.
Replies: 39
Views: 7236

Group Paddle - Shoalhaven 18th March.

I'll start this one off for Gus. Righto, what about Sunday the 18th of March for a day trip on the Shoalhaven, Oallen ford to power lines? Gus I'm in for this trip if we get the levels. A few things to consider based on this guide .....Depending on numbers and group dynamic I would suggest putting i...
by Darren
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 3906

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added

Any pics/trip report Gus? Good to hear you got the broken bum man off the couch :-) Nice pics Steve, looks like a great day on the water. Sorry I didn't get down and yes....!! I actually paddled something again. It wasn't in the plan but Gus talked me into a half dayer which went fine. No pain at a...
by Darren
Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross R. group paddle - report and a few pics added
Replies: 19
Views: 3906

Re: Tuross R. group paddle - all welcome

Sorry Steve, I'm out. Just not healing quickly enough unfortunately. :-(
by Darren
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 5228

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

That's the best method IMO Steve....body mass keeps you alive. I spent so many years trying to carry bulk for other sports but at 37, the age clock is starting to help with the insulation issues. :-)
by Darren
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 5228

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

I managed to pick up a good cold water wetty (Ripcurl E-Bomb) recently at 50% off. I was after a 2:3 surfing wetsuit but ended up going with a 4:3. It was a tough decision going with the thicker one from a fatigue perspective, but we do some long days in cold canyons (occasional night trips) etc. To...
by Darren
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 5228

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

Great trip guys! It looks like a great place to improve technical skill at lower levels? The problem I find with a lot of the larger rivers up my way, is that there are long flat stretches in between some otherwise good rapids. I guess that's the difference between creeking etc. Slightly bummed I'm ...
by Darren
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 5228

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

Looks beautiful! Looking forward to the full report.
Interesting post editing too Craig, works well.
by Darren
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Another Sydney Raft-Packer
Replies: 2
Views: 1353

Re: Another Sydney Raft-Packer

Hi Duncan, I thought I was the only skinny goofy guy around here!
Once I'm healed I'll post up any group trips here. The hard shell temptation is strong.....
Cheers Darren.
by Darren
Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 5228

Re: Group paddle - Snowies - 5th Feb- all welcome

I'll keep a tentative booking for the Tuross Steve. I was hoping I'd be able to paddle by the 5th but it might be pushing it. I have a mate who might be keen too so when he's back from Canada (week or so) I'll try and give you a more concrete answer. By that stage I might be able to sit in the raft ...
by Darren
Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Sydney Packrafter!
Replies: 10
Views: 2862

Re: New Sydney Packrafter!

Did anyone head to the Colo?
sharoc?
Might have been an interesting trip.

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by Darren
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Sydney Packrafter!
Replies: 10
Views: 2862

Re: New Sydney Packrafter!

Hey Nick Welcome to PR, loads of fun! I was thinking about the Colo as a 2 day trip over the long weekend - ie thursday 26 Jan/friday/saturday, its supposed to be a 2 day trip but have been told that nav into the gorge can be tricky and take time. Water dependant but grades range from 2-4 with port...