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by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Boat Size: Smaller isn't always better
Replies: 4
Views: 3352

Re: Boat Size: Smaller isn't always better

I would offer up an "Amen" to Roman's post, as I may be the poster child that confirmed his observation. I am 6'2" and 180 lbs and consider myself an advanced/intermediate boater. About a year ago I switched from my Llama to a Yak, arguing with myself that the tighter fitting boat would be more resp...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Bikerafting
Replies: 34
Views: 32398

Bikerafting

I would be interested to get tips from folks about "bikerafting". What works, what doesn't, and amusing stories.
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by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chickaloon River
Replies: 5
Views: 6935

Chickaloon River

The Chickaloon River flows south out of the Talkeetna Mountains and provides some excellent packrafting options for one day and multi-day outings. The Chickaloon is well-described in Tim Johnson's Alaska Whitewater , but primarily as a fly-in trip. The access options are more varied for packrafting....
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 23435

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

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by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 32710

South Fork of Eagle River, September 10, 2007

The South Fork is at a great level right now, and looks to stay that way for a while. JT Lindholm and I ran it on September 10th and found it to be pretty wild. Some of the drops that we had previously considered the hardest were somewhat washed out while other unremarkable drops became quite remark...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:56 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Re: Inflatable Life Jackets
Replies: 16
Views: 8712

Re: Inflatable Life Jackets

One thing to be mindful of with these inflatable PFD's (they are not "life jackets") is that they need to be tempered in cold water just like your boat. If you blow yours up using the mouth tube and your breath is as hot as mine, the vest will lose floatation on contact with cold water. I dunk the v...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:52 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: ?Packraft attachments
Replies: 7
Views: 4219

Re: ?Packraft attachments

Andrew, I don't think that runaway cords for your paddle are a very good idea because of the risk of entanglement. Even though I've lost one paddle in a bad swim, I still think spending $200 for a new one is preferable to thousands of bucks for a casket. I concur with Forrest on the boat attachment ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:04 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Hula Hula/Okpilak
Replies: 0
Views: 2807

Hula Hula/Okpilak

In June 2006 Ingrid Corson and I combined the Hula Hula River with the Okpilak River for a nice slice of the Arctic Refuge. We flew into the East Patuk strip and floated on down the Hula Hula to a point just beyond the canyon section. The majority of the floating was Class II except for the canyon s...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm
Replies: 13
Views: 9433

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by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Little Su
Replies: 2
Views: 2114

Upper Little Su

I had heard that the Upper Little Susitna has some butt-boating potential so checked it out in July 2007. I started at the Gold Mint trail and hiked up the Mint Valley. I went about 2 miles up the Mint Valley trail, ran a 1/2 mile section of Class II/III and portaged about 1/2 mile around a much ste...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 5661

Willow Creek

In July 2007 I ran several segments of Willow Creek on the west side of Hatcher Pass. I put on much higher than folks normally do, accessing the river near where Craigie Creek flows into the Willow in the vicinity of Grubstake Gulch. I ran about 10 miles of Class II/III, taking out about 3 miles bel...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Northeast
Topic: Moose River Canyon, New Hampshire
Replies: 0
Views: 2351

Moose River Canyon, New Hampshire

In April 2007 I ran an 8 mile stretch of the Moose River in high spring water caused by a massive Nor'easter. Typically the Moose is low and bony, but the huge storm raised the water sufficiently for a fun run. I put onto the Moose along U.S. Route 2 near the Pinkham B road intersection in Randolph....
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River
Replies: 13
Views: 8917

Lower Eagle River - Campground Rapid to Bravo Bridge

A nice evening diversion is to run the Eagle River from Campground Rapid down to the Bravo Bridge on Fort Richardson. We did it recently by stashing bikes at the Bravo Bridge and riding out the dirt roads that eventually bring you to Artillery Road in Eagle River. The float is about 5 miles of Class...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Blue River Lava Fields
Replies: 0
Views: 2375

Blue River Lava Fields

Ingrid Corson and I recently did a trip in Southeast Alaska that could only be done in packrafts. Not that I would recommend it to anybody, though. We flew into Blue Lake by air taxi out of Ketchikan. Blue Lake sits close to the Canada border and is the source of the Blue River. The plan was to floa...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Desolation Canyon - Green River, Utah -- Posted by Elaine Ma
Replies: 0
Views: 1893

Desolation Canyon - Green River, Utah -- Posted by Elaine Ma

This is Elaine Mayer's report. For additional information contact Elaine at alpackarafter@gmail.com: I had a wonderful time with my Alpacka-Llama for 7 days on one of Utah's premier wilderness rivers. I went with 18 people (members of the River Management Society) who all had 14-foot rafts (7), infl...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Ship Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 2208

Upper Ship Creek

Three of us hiked into the North Fork of Ship Creek from the South Fork of Eagle River on August 27th, 2006. We put on the North Fork approximately 1 mile above the confluence with the main stem or South Fork. The first mile on the North Fork was fast Class III with numerous sweepers (approximately ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River, Denali NP
Replies: 13
Views: 11285

Sanctuary Alternate II - JT Lindholm

As a side note ... instead of floating the Sanctuary, my wife and I started in Cantwell and then continued over to the Teklinika (about another 15 miles). The walk was awesome (through Refuge Valley) but the boating was awful. The water was supposedily high (as reported at the WAC) but we were const...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River, Denali NP
Replies: 13
Views: 11285

Sanctuary Alternate - Roman Dial

This from Roman Dial: Another alternative that avoids the excess carbon-emitting shuttle and perhaps less than aesthetic ATV trails is to park at Svage Creek where you can drive to then follow and old horse trail/now game trail up the Savage to its extreme headwaters and take the sweet pass over to ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River, Denali NP
Replies: 13
Views: 11285

Sanctuary River, Denali NP

The Sanctuary River in Denali National Park makes for a fantastic packraft trip, combining great hiking, amazing wildlife and fun floating. The trip involves hiking up Windy Creek from Cantwell on a variety of ATV and game trails, crossing Windy Pass and dropping into the Upper Sanctuary valley. Ove...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm
Replies: 13
Views: 9433

Aniakchak -- JT Lindholm

I would like to start a thread on the Aniakchak - a popular buttboating destination. I have some basic information at: http://www.jtlindholm.com/aniakchak.htm Feel free to add a note about your experiences or ask a question about the trip by replying to this post. I hope other common trips get threa...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Nabesna to McCarthy
Replies: 2
Views: 3852

Nabesna to McCarthy

In August, JT Lindholm, Tony Perelli and I completed the Nabesna to McCarthy route along the eastern flank of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The trip goes through some of the most spectacular terrain in Alaska and is highly recommended. The whole route is approximately 150 miles in l...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: John River -- Gates of the Arctic National Park
Replies: 0
Views: 2639

John River -- Gates of the Arctic National Park

The John River flows south out of Anuktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range, eventually merging with the Koyukuk River downstream of Bettles. It is a designated Wild River and it travels through spectacular mountain country for most of it length. In August I flew into the village of Anuktuvuk on Wrights Ai...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: East Fork of Eklutna River -- Eric Parsons
Replies: 1
Views: 1658

East Fork of Eklutna River -- Eric Parsons

A While back I gave the East fork of the Eklutna River a go. Biked back to the trailhead around the lake then began the hunter trail semi- schwack. I had been back to the end of the valley once before to climb peaks and didnt really think much about the river itself. About 5 miles in the trail peter...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: The Other Peters Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 2275

The Other Peters Creek

There are several Peters Creeks in Southcentral Alaska, but the Peters Creek that runs through the Peters Hills past Petersville makes for a fun packrafting/biking combination. Access the area by turning off the Parks Highway in Trapper Creek onto the Petersville Road. Continue west out the Petersvi...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Riley Creek, Denali NP
Replies: 5
Views: 7912

Riley Creek, Denali NP

If you are in the Denali Park area and looking for a great packrafting daytrip, I recommend Riley Creek. JT Lindholm and I ran this on June 10th and had a blast. Riley Creek can be accessed from several locations, but the easiest access is via the Triple Lakes Trail which starts on the northwest sid...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: 7 Runs in 7 Days -- Roman Dial
Replies: 0
Views: 2017

7 Runs in 7 Days -- Roman Dial

September 2006 Back in July my 19 year old son Roman wanted a packrafting safari so we headed north and did some fun runs. With all due respect to JT I will apply my madness to rating the runs because it does a better job of characterizing them than the kayak ratings. Day 1: Together with Ian Thomas...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lion's Head, Matanuska River
Replies: 11
Views: 7389

Lion's Head, Matanuska River

September 22, 2006 The fall is a great time to run Lion's Head on the Matanuska (Mat) by small watercraft; (kayak, IK, or packraft) typically being too shallow to navigate with a full size raft. The trees offer a wonderful array of colors and the peaks in the area have a touch of snow on their summi...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River
Replies: 13
Views: 8917

Echo Bend

October 16, 2006 Roman Dial, Este Parker and I ran the Eagle River from Echo Bend to the Albert Loop Trail on October 20, 2006. The river is currently quite low (guaged at 3.4 ft; see the hyrdograph at: http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pafc&gage=erba2&group=255743&view=1,1,1,1,1,1)...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River
Replies: 13
Views: 8917

Crow Pass - Eagle River

Almost as much of a classic as the Twentymile, Crow Pass is a great packraft trip except for the shuttle. If you can figure out some way to get dropped off at the Crow Pass trailhead, this really is a great trip. It is more of a pack than a raft, however, as you walk about 14 miles before putting on...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Resurrection Creek
Replies: 7
Views: 4650

Upper Resurrection Creek

From Roman Dial, May 28th, 2007: Resurrection Creek is very good right now, from bridge at 7 miles up Resurrection Pass Trail to Parking Lot Bridge. Two hour hike in and two hour float down with 20 minutes spent scouting the Class IV "Cascades" (labeled on USGS map between Wolf and Willow Creek ). I...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Resurrection Creek
Replies: 7
Views: 4650

Resurrection Creek

Roman wrote earlier about one section of Resurrection Creek and here I'll cover another lower section. Leave a bike in downtown Hope and drive to the Resurrection Pass trailhead, about 5 miles away. Hike up the Resurrection Pass trail, passing the impressive stream restoration work that is on-going ...
by bradmeiklejohn
Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bull River
Replies: 7
Views: 10546

Bull River

I received this report via Daryl Miller, lead climbing ranger for Denali NP: I wanted you to know mountaineering ranger Mik Shain and two friends from Califorina who are whitewater boaters just got back from a trip descending the Bull River by hiking the East Fork of the Toklat River, over the Alask...
by bradmeiklejohn
Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Brooks Range Traverse
Replies: 1
Views: 4238

Brooks Range Traverse

From August 18th - September 1 John Davis and I traveled from Walker Lake at the headwaters of the Kobuk to Umiat on the Colville River via the Noatak, Nigu, Etivluk and Colville Rivers, about 300 miles in total, of which roughly 70 miles were on foot and the rest in packrafts. It is a great trip th...
by bradmeiklejohn
Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 32710

South Fork of Eagle River

Recent rains have brought the South Fork of Eagle River up to a good level. JT Lindholm and I ran about 6 miles of it today (August 15th) and it was pretty rowdy in places. There are 3 segments that, for lack of creativity, are called the upper, middle and lower. The upper segment starts approximate...
by bradmeiklejohn
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:18 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: American Creek, Katmai NP
Replies: 6
Views: 6516

Re: American Creek, Katmai NP

Billy, I have a bear fence kit that Ralph Tingey put together and was selling briefly but I believe he no longer does. The same kit is now available through http://www.electrobearguard.com or at Surveyor's Exchange in Anchorage ((907-561-6501) for $299. The kit weighs less than 2 lbs and includes co...
by bradmeiklejohn
Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: American Creek, Katmai NP
Replies: 6
Views: 6516

American Creek, Katmai NP

If you are looking for trip that combines bear watching with packrafting, check into American Creek in Katmai National Park. American Creek flows 40 miles between Hammersly Lake and Coville Lake, dropping from alpine terrain through 2 canyons to birch and cottonwood forests. Three of us recently boa...