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by mark
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Potential Interest in Packraft Training Courses in Tassie?
Replies: 19
Views: 5562

Potential Interest in Packraft Training Courses in Tassie?

On a similar but slightly different note to the Southern Hemisphere Packraft Meet Up in NZ I am also interested to know whether others are keen on specific packrafting whitewater training and rescue courses in Oz? I know a couple of courses have run in NSW and that they were highly successful. I and...
by mark
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Southern Hemisphere packrafting meet-up
Replies: 2
Views: 1206

Re: Southern Hemisphere packrafting meet-up

Pretty sure Dulkara means Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January as per the Facebook Event site. :)

Will be great to see how much interest there is in this event. Murchison is an amazing place to paddle with lots of high quality relatively easy runs so close to a centrally based camping ground.
by mark
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Social paddle/play session - Broken Bridge, Hobart
Replies: 0
Views: 863

Social paddle/play session - Broken Bridge, Hobart

For folks in Hobart - Jen and I and a few friends are heading to Broken Bridge (slalom site on the Derwent River, 10 mins north of New Norfolk) tomorrow, Sun 22/2 for a play/training session. We will be there from 3-5 pm with a variety of watercraft from packrafts to kayaks if anyone is keen for a s...
by mark
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2721

Re: Time to establish an AusNZPA? Or AusPA + NZPA?

Hi John,

Congratulations on your well deserved recognition for the contributions you and your crew have made to packrafting and conservation in Australia.

I am certainly keen to be involved and happy to help in whatever way I can.

Cheers
by mark
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The MItta Mitta - Trip Report
Replies: 7
Views: 2098

Re: The MItta Mitta - Trip Report

Thanks for making and posting the vid Haydn! Great to see the Mitta being promoted as an ideal packrafting destination. It is one of the best areas in Vic for whitewater with a number of other also great rivers nearby (though these require much more water) and awesome riverside camping. We were luck...
by mark
Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125380

Re: Youtube Videos!

Despite there being a large number of female packrafters out there most of the videos I see of packrafting tend to highlight males in action. So I thought it was about time that I personally made an effort to highlight some of the amazing times that women such as my wife Jen and many of our friends ...
by mark
Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:08 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Waiau R Trip Report
Replies: 5
Views: 2640

Re: Upper Waiau R Trip Report

Ditto
by mark
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125380

Re: Youtube Videos!

Some footage of The Alpackalypse in action during a trip on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon last October:

https://vimeo.com/117037622



Huge thanks to Alpacka Raft, Forrest McCarthy and Mike Curiak!
by mark
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rangitikei River Headwaters Trip Report
Replies: 5
Views: 5398

Re: Rangitikei River Headwaters Trip Report

Really good trip and your video captures it beautifully. Sounds like the ideal packrafting mission. I love that level of uncertainty that you mention - I know that all the best trips I have done have exactly that. It makes the trip an adventure and so much more rewarding. Keep them coming.

Cheers
by mark
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Leven Canyon
Replies: 8
Views: 3110

Leven Canyon

Merry Christmas All. Whilst the Paddle Tasmania river guide for the Leven simply says 'classic, steep, grade 5' the AdventurePro/Paddle Australia description contains the following statement: Probably the steepest popular Tasmanian river trip the Leven canyon is not to be taken lightly. After the se...
by mark
Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report: Gell River Tasmania
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Re: Trip Report: Gell River Tasmania

Well done guys! Good write up.

Thanks for posting
by mark
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Nitmiluk Gorge, NT
Replies: 6
Views: 2126

Re: Nitmiluk Gorge, NT

Great trip report Lizzy, thanks for posting. Certainly the ideal craft for the gorge.

Beautiful photos

Cheers
by mark
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska
Replies: 5
Views: 1991

Re: Tasmanian packrafters in Alaska

Thanks again John. More great stories and images well worth reading.

An inspiring trip! Well done on getting out there and braving the bears. :)
by mark
Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:40 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: North Queensland Winter Safari!?
Replies: 8
Views: 2685

Re: North Queensland Winter Safari!?

Sorry Jeremy. Would love to but can't this winter. Warm water sounds awesome.

Will have to put up with breaking the ice before we can paddle our rivers here in Tassie. :)

Enjoy!
by mark
Thu May 08, 2014 2:45 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Poulter, Waimakariri, Hurunui & Maruia Rivers NZ
Replies: 7
Views: 2426

Re: Poulter, Waimakariri, Hurunui & Maruia Rivers NZ

Great job Haydn.

Some really nice footage and beautifully shot opening scenes.

Well done on the editing. Looked like a great trip.
by mark
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip report - Heazlewood - Whyte - Pieman rivers, Tasmania
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: Trip report - Heazlewood - Whyte - Pieman rivers, Tasman

Many thanks for the post. I have been meaning to get on these rivers but haven't found the time yet. It is useful to hear how you found them and to see your photos.

Much appreciated.
by mark
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Fjord Explorer in whitewater?
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Re: Fjord Explorer in whitewater?

Completely agree Steve. Thanks for the post. Cheers
by mark
Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Fjord Explorer in whitewater?
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Re: Fjord Explorer in whitewater?

Hi Steve and dekartes, Steve - out of interest was your Explorer the old square butt shape or the newer big but model? I don't own either model so take my observations as just that. A friend who has the Explorer has had absolutely no issues paddling Grade 3 that I have seen and certainly none on the...
by mark
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Mohaka River, North Island, NZ, Trip Report
Replies: 6
Views: 2251

Re: Mohaka River, North Island, NZ, Trip Report

Another really well shot solo effort. Really liked the transitions where you appeared/disappeared. Thanks for posting. Keen to paddle this section one day as your video shows how beautiful it is and the idea of the hot springs appeals. Have paddled the lower section on the Mohaka in a large raft and...
by mark
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: North Queensland Winter Safari!?
Replies: 8
Views: 2685

Re: North Queensland Winter Safari!?

Hi Jeremy,

Good suggestions.
Suspect dates won't match up with work holidays and dog sitter :) for Jen and I but keep us informed as we will certainly consider.

Cheers, Mark
by mark
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5445

Re: Clarence River NZ

Thanks very much Steve and RFG for the kind words on the video. Much appreciated!
by mark
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125380

Re: Youtube Videos!

A five day whitewater trip down the Clarence River in New Zealand's South Island. See the Australian/New Zealand section for more info.

https://vimeo.com/85336733

by mark
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:22 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5445

Re: Clarence River NZ

After purchasing some cheap flights to NZ sometime last year we only decided a couple of weeks before our trip to focus our attention on the Clarence River. And we are certainly glad we did as we loved it. There are numerous (and potentially infinite) opportunities to do multi-day packrafting trips ...
by mark
Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafter in South Westland
Replies: 2
Views: 1125

Re: Packrafter in South Westland

Hi Dulkara, Thanks very much for the invite - both to us and other packrafters out there. Would be great to do a trip together. Jen and I unfortunately only had a very quick trip to NZ (8 days) this time and got back late last week. We will definitely be back for lots more packrafting missions over ...
by mark
Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5445

Re: Clarence River NZ

Finally got to watch your video Rem after just getting back from NZ. LOVED IT! Thought it was really well done - well edited and nicely shot. Great music too. Hopefully it inspires many other packrafters to also do the Clarence - a great trip. Love the idea of combining packrafting with paragliding....
by mark
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: If anyone is bored...
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: If anyone is bored...

Howdy Steve. No doubt I am in one of your favourite places at present - South Island NZ. :) Just got off the Clarence River which we loved. Will post a video TR eventually. 95% of the time I use shots from a Canon XA-10 camcorder complimented with a GoPro3 but on last video (overnight on Lea) the be...
by mark
Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Minimum upper shoalhaven water levels?
Replies: 5
Views: 2073

Re: Minimum upper shoalhaven water levels?

Sorry have only paddled section above Sewell's Pt twice and never below but this link might help: http://packrafting.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2432&hilit=Shoalhaven The Hillview gauge was I think 0.95-1.0 and 0.7-0.6 for these upper section trips with below 0.7 very scratchy although we scrape...
by mark
Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: If anyone is bored...
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: If anyone is bored...

:) More butt protection would be good in that we often seem to end up on low volume trips like this one. We simply use thermarest seats or 3/4 thermarest lite mats - nothing fancy. Have to admit we have blown the internal seams on two of these due to overheating in the sun. Would prefer something th...
by mark
Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125380

Re: Youtube Videos!


Ultra low trip in Tasmania but fun as always...
https://vimeo.com/83425075
by mark
Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: If anyone is bored...
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

If anyone is bored...

Given how quiet things have been on the forum I thought some of you might appreciate a link to a video I finished making last night - another ultra low trip down the Lea River in NW Tasmania. Waiting on more water down here before heading out again and to South Island NZ. https://vimeo.com/83425075 ...
by mark
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:27 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rafters rescued in Tassie.
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Re: Rafters rescued in Tassie.

Its a long story and even though I will try to keep it short it never seems to happen. It is always a challenge for me to tell a complex story simply. I don't like hijacking threads but since I am asking others to share their near-miss experiences I certainly have no issue in sharing mine. As part o...
by mark
Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Rafters rescued in Tassie.
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Re: Rafters rescued in Tassie.

Ditto. Would love to know the facts from those involved as I know from experience that online news reports are rarely 100% correct and only tell a very limited part of the story regardless. Always good to learn from the adventures, epics and incidents of others - safer that way. :) I know that I hav...
by mark
Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tongariro, Ohinepango and Whakapapa Rivers – December 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1604

Re: Tongariro, Ohinepango and Whakapapa Rivers – December 20

Great to see some NZ footage. Beautiful rivers! Nicely solo filmed and well edited. Enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.
by mark
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tuross River vid from Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 4807

Re: Tuross River vid from Sunday

Around Bright (well Mt Beauty anyway) you also have a few more full on rivers/creeks such as West Kiewa, East Kiewa (Pretty Valley Branch and Rocky Valley Creek branch) - all of which are awesome but some of which are pretty serious. The lower Kiewa is similar to the Ovens but the Buffalo is also fu...
by mark
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Boat size for ski mountaineering/packrafting trip
Replies: 1
Views: 1416

Re: Boat size for ski mountaineering/packrafting trip

Probably too late to be useful but I only just saw your post. I think you might actually need to go to a Lama if you are carrying that much gear although it does depend on whether you are going for the Cargo Fly as this will make a huge difference to how you carry your gear and your centre of gravit...
by mark
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help required with Embedding Vimeo videos into posts
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Re: Help required with Embedding Vimeo videos into posts

Although I can embed Vimeo videos to show up on a desktop computer they do not display on mobile devices such as iPads or iPhones. Does anyone know another technique for embedding Vimeo different to the technique below that I use that might solve this problem? I have simply embedded by inserting [vi...
by mark
Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125380

Re: Youtube Videos!

Nice surfing action Mike C! Impressed. Thanks for helping me out by embedding my video on the Australian/NZ forum! A short video of a fun day on the Lea River in Tasmania last summer. Super low water level but surprisingly still a great day out. Not really paddling - more like 'Rock Slidin' Tassie S...
by mark
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help required with Embedding Vimeo videos into posts
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Help required with Embedding Vimeo videos into posts

The technique I previously used no longer appears to work for embedding Vimeo movies. Could someone please explain simply and in plain English how to embed as cannot find a solution in FAQ and when I try to follow Forrest's post for embedding YouTube videos it doesn't seem to work for Vimeo movies. ...
by mark
Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Video - Lea River, Tasmania
Replies: 2
Views: 1353

Video - Lea River, Tasmania

Finally got around to putting together a short video of a fun day on the Lea River last summer. Super low water level but surprisingly still a great day out (even with almost no water). Not really paddling - more like 'Rock Slidin' Tassie Style'. Have lots of footage from trips but have been too sla...
by mark
Mon May 27, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report - Denison River via Algonkian Peak, Tasmania
Replies: 3
Views: 3753

Re: Trip Report - Denison River via Algonkian Peak, Tasmania

Awesome! Love the adventurous attitude of you guys. Another excellent write up and an amazing trip. Look forward to reading more in the future.
by mark
Wed May 22, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Trip Report - Upper Picton to Farmhouse Creek, Tasmania
Replies: 4
Views: 3254

Re: Trip Report - Upper Picton to Farmhouse Creek

Great write up Simon and an excellent trip report. I think you captured really well the challenge of access that many Tasmanian rivers (upper sections) have. Congratulations to both of you on the achievement of doing it in May when Tassie days are so short. The river photos look like it would be a g...
by mark
Wed May 01, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Shoalhaven - Greater Horsehoe bend to Badgeries lookout
Replies: 5
Views: 2953

Re: Shoalhaven - Greater Horsehoe bend to Badgeries lookout

Well done Gus. Looks good. Jealous as was hoping to get up that way last week but instead bailed due to lowish levels and went climbing at Araps instead. :) Would be keen to hear about how easy/difficult access was as have only accessed the Shoalhaven at Sewell's Pt (very difficult due to private pr...
by mark
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Franklin
Replies: 8
Views: 2713

Re: The Franklin

Thanks Darren - Ditto as really enjoy checking out your adventures on your blog. Am always amazed at your stunning photos as well as by your writings. Cannot understand how you can get so many high quality shots seemingly so easily! As for the AAWT, doing it in winter was certainly a life-long dream...
by mark
Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125380

Re: Youtube Videos!

Another packrafting video of a 7-day journey down the Franklin River in Tasmania. It is one of Australia's most beautiful rivers and always an amazing adventure.



For those viewing on a mobile device: https://vimeo.com/63477102
by mark
Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Franklin
Replies: 8
Views: 2713

Re: The Franklin

Like a number of others here we were lucky enough to get to paddle the Franklin River this summer. We started in the first week of January and were blessed with beautiful warm weather with the river at a low but ideal packrafting level. We paddled it in the first week of January when unbeknown to us...
by mark
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!
Replies: 5
Views: 1934

Re: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!

Although I can't really recommend it below 0.85 we still had some fun paddling, had a ball and loved the trip. Guessing if you move quick and light you might be able to do it in 3 days. Let us know how it goes.
by mark
Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Whitewater Rescue Course in Tasmania (2-3 Feb)
Replies: 1
Views: 1106

Re: Whitewater Rescue Course in Tasmania (2-3 Feb)

This ended up being a great course run by Tank, Anna and Leigh. It was great to see other packrafters attending with up to four of us paddling packrafts at one stage. Great to meet you Shane and I look forward to seeing you on a river again.

Cheers, Mark
by mark
Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!
Replies: 5
Views: 1934

Re: Desperate....please help meeeeeeeeeee!

Hi Chris, We are hoping to do Oallen Ford to Bungonia Creek later this year if suitable river heights, flights, dog sitters and time off work match up...probably dreaming. Have paddled a decent amount of rivers in SE Aus and Shoalhaven is one of if not my favourite. Both times I did the trip at East...
by mark
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Whitewater Rescue Course in Tasmania (2-3 Feb)
Replies: 1
Views: 1106

Whitewater Rescue Course in Tasmania (2-3 Feb)

Not sure it it is already full or not but thought I should let others know that there is a WW Rescue Course - Level 2 being held on the Mersey River in NW Tasmania. Weekend of 2-3 Feb at the very reasonable cost of $150 for non canoe club members. Although not packraft specific I am sure much of it ...
by mark
Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:27 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Video TR: 5 Day Packrafting and Canyoning Trip in Tassie
Replies: 14
Views: 5139

Re: Video TR: 5 Day Packrafting and Canyoning Trip in Tassie

Hi Daniel, Apologies for the slow response. Have been busy moving house. Originally 6 or so years ago I had the same intention - to kayak in creek boats from Harnett Falls down to the lake although I intended to come in from Narcissus via the OT. This idea then changed to heavy inflatables and final...