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by Shaggy
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Surfing
Replies: 16
Views: 9464

Re: Packraft Surfing

Carol, perhaps it might help to think of Hig's technique as the same as leaning forwards into a standing wave: you're just trying to trim the boat actively against an outside wall of water. That's how I find I think of it, anyway... "wave pushes forward, I push back, boat stays up." It sounds nuts a...
by Shaggy
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Fjord Explorer Manual!
Replies: 0
Views: 1070

New Fjord Explorer Manual!

Hi Everyone, I finally finished the new Fjord Explorer manual! For everyone with FEs, it's on our website, under in the "Owner's Manual" section under "Ordering Information," on the left sidebar. Or, linked here: http://www.alpackaraft.com/index.cfm?section=ordering-information&page=overview&Content...
by Shaggy
Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: dory vs. fjord explorer
Replies: 3
Views: 1678

Re: dory vs. fjord explorer

Hi Fred, The oarframe is a little lighter - about 1.5 lbs., vs. the old 2.5 lbs. I'm just finishing up the new manual. The oars haven't changed so your oars will work fine. What would be really cool is if we could make the frame multipurpose someday, but I don't know how that would work... "It's an ...
by Shaggy
Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vacationing with my packraft in Hawai'i?
Replies: 5
Views: 3164

Re: Vacationing with my packraft in Hawai'i?

I got pretty into snorkeling out there, in the bays. You could increase your snorkel range a lot with an Alpacka & an secure anchor of some sort. Maybe 50 feet or so of P-cord, with a 5-foot chain & a weight on the end? Carry it all in a stuff sack? I've never even thought about anchoring before; ju...
by Shaggy
Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Pants / underwear query
Replies: 5
Views: 2875

Re: Pants / underwear query

Hi Jules, I've been using a pretty unorthodox solution for the last few years: homemade polartec fleece boxers. I'm pretty stoked on them for a couple reasons: :arrow: Warm-when-wet. I can jump in the river, but then the water quickly drains out of most areas of them, and I can be warming up again. ...
by Shaggy
Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19182

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Thanks Andrew, this is all really interesting stuff to hear. On shipping water over the back, I think you might find that the back rest actually helps out quite a lot. We've found this really effective, as long as you get the deck up over it. That said, if you're really taking waves on the stern, yo...
by Shaggy
Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19182

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

(Back as myself now, not the official Alpackster...) Ah, I see Hig. That's a fun idea. For an under-the-boat attachment point, though, I think we'd be wise to look at a thread-thread strap plate (like the old Dory oarframe attached with), rather than a grab loop - so there'd be no exposed loop of we...
by Shaggy
Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Vibram Five Fingers Flow Review
Replies: 7
Views: 12494

Re: Vibram Five Fingers Flow Review

Thanks for posting that link, AeroNautiCal. I like the review. I've had a pair of Flows and a pair of KSOs (the mesh-and-fabric uppers version) for a couple months now. Overall, I really like them. Some obs I'd add to the review at this point: Amphibious Performance: I've used the Flows, particularl...
by Shaggy
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: neoprene or not
Replies: 8
Views: 4270

Re: neoprene or not

I'm personally a big fan of the neoprene socks in conjunction with wool socks. I'll sometimes use just one pair, and other times I'll wear the wool socks under the neoprenes, so that I get extra loft & insulation. When everything is dry it's great, but it works well even when wet. I recently spent p...
by Shaggy
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Flyfishing from the raft...
Replies: 4
Views: 2130

Re: Flyfishing from the raft...

For lake fishing, specifically, we do see quite a few folks like the Dory Seat in a normal raft, so they get some extra height.
by Shaggy
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Surfing
Replies: 16
Views: 9464

Re: Packraft Surfing

Hi Carol, Ouch! I don't know if you were refering the my post on Pacific Surf in the Lower 48 section, but I was the guy who wrote about playing (read: crashing around) in the surf there. As perhaps the most vocal surf-zone afficionado around, I want to ask, firstly, are you okay? Although I love to...
by Shaggy
Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Outdoor Retailer Show Report
Replies: 1
Views: 1547

Outdoor Retailer Show Report

Hi All, Sheri & I recently went to the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City to scout accessory gear, etc. I thought I'd do a post on some of the things we saw: HELMETS. Helmets were big on our list. We’ve been trying to find a really light paddling helmet. According to the people we talked to, a ...
by Shaggy
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:18 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek Tape?
Replies: 8
Views: 4381

Re: Tyvek Tape?

Hi fredthedog,

I just re-roll about 10 feet of the tape onto itself, so it's a little flat roll about an inch long. It seems to keep its stickiness well enough. I know Sheri also likes to rewrap it onto Patch-N-Go containers. I suspect it would work fine on a lighter, etc.
by Shaggy
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek Tape?
Replies: 8
Views: 4381

Re: Tyvek Tape?

Sheri always bought it at Home Depot. It's right next to the Tyvek housewrap, I want to say in "Construction Materials." The rolls are wrapped in a mostly-blue plastic packaging, so it doesn't look the white tape it is at first glance.
by Shaggy
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Hoh River, Olympic Mtns, WA
Replies: 3
Views: 8661

Re: Hoh River, Olympic Mtns, WA

Hi Roman, We hiked down to Louis Meadows, about 10 miles above the Hoh Visitor Center, and put in there. From there, we went all the way to the Ocean. I'm not surprised it's been packrafted quite a bit: it's a very nice run, not hard, and well suited to the rafts, albeit with a lot of timber in it u...
by Shaggy
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Multi-Use Footwear
Replies: 11
Views: 7048

Re: Mulit-Use Footwear

Thanks Dave, the Exum Rivers sound cool. CST, my Exum Ridges might be slightly large, perhaps 1/2 size, but nothing I notice wearing them just with the mountaineer socks on. Also, however, the wool sox saw several seasons of firefighting, so they've lost a little bulk. Perhaps the main thing is that...
by Shaggy
Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Multi-Use Footwear
Replies: 11
Views: 7048

Multi-Use Footwear

Anyone have good insights on their favorite multi-use footwear for packrafting & other amphibious ventures? Recently, and friend & did a warm-weather bike/hike/mountaineering/packrafting transect of the Olympic Peninsula, WA. We found a footwear combination that worked really well for us: Components...
by Shaggy
Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The State of Alpacka (Official Announcement)
Replies: 3
Views: 3797

Re: The State of Alpacka (Official Announcement)

Ha! Think nothing of it, Dano. It was good for me to realize, "hey, we haven't told anyone what's going on!" And actually, your comment was great. As I recently got Sheri & her daughter to watch "The Big Lebowski", Sheri picked up on your comment and now calls me "The Dude." Naturally, I must respon...
by Shaggy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Hoh River, Olympic Mtns, WA
Replies: 3
Views: 8661

Hoh River, Olympic Mtns, WA

Just ran the Hoh River with a friend of mine; great trip! The basics on the Hoh: Upper Reaches: (National Park) Didn't run this, looks class III-IV. Hiking acess via hiking trail to Mt. Olympus glacier meadows base camp. Difficult put-in. Upper-Middle (National Park) Class II braided river with majo...
by Shaggy
Fri May 30, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Ultra lite throw bag
Replies: 10
Views: 5176

Re: Ultra lite throw bag

For what it's worth... Rapping on Kevlar: I have some experience rapping with Kevlar as well (using braided lines, designed for fire/rescue). Performance has been pretty good. Kevlar also has a very high melt point. Rapping Spectra/Dyneema: Very low melt point, high lubricity. It might not chew up ...
by Shaggy
Thu May 22, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15338

Re: Safety gear for packrafts

A few webbing thoughts: One thing to think about w/ the 1/2" tubular web: webbing can blow out immediately under strain if you damage it. In my old line of work, we'd do long free-hanging rappels on 3/4" web, but we were choosing it for a variety of factors (one of those "this is the least of many ...
by Shaggy
Sun May 11, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: BIG WATER
Replies: 6
Views: 3086

Re: BIG WATER

I think you're bringing up a good distinction here, Forrest: big water is a scale, not a difficulty grade, and not all big water is created equal. Most GC runners I've talked to identify everything but Lava Falls on the GC as big-water Class III: big, loud, intimidating, but also pretty forgiving. T...
by Shaggy
Fri May 09, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15338

Re: Safety gear for packrafts

Full-Raft Grabline I would like to try this, Roman. Your method makes sense for big water: I would have found something like it handy on several occasions out in the middle of the Colorado. As that trip went on, I actually rigged cam-straps as a "rail" through all four front grab-loops. My thoughts...
by Shaggy
Thu May 08, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15338

Haul Line Stow, Swimmer Handles

Haul Line Stow Right now, using an experimental set-up: a p-cord haul line girth hitched to a grab loop and stowed in very small, snap-closure pouch (I built it, but you could probably find similar things at army surplus, medical supply stores, etc.). The pouch is taped w/ Tyvek tape to my bow, an ...
by Shaggy
Mon May 05, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15338

Re: Safety gear for packrafts

Thanks Forrest, that helps. Something I was thinking about: I'm wondering if there's a real merit for parachute cord (or similar weight cord) for some non-critical / life-bearing applications, like foot entrapment snag lines, etc. P-cord is light, compact, and strong: the lightest p-cord I use is st...
by Shaggy
Mon May 05, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Packrafter Community in Washington State?
Replies: 4
Views: 2213

Packrafter Community in Washington State?

I'm looking for other packrafters in Washington State, of all ability levels & interests. I'm interested in establishing an informal community packrafting network out here, to share trips & river info, find paddling partners, maybe bring a whitewater rescue course for packrafting to the area, etc. I...
by Shaggy
Fri May 02, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?
Replies: 13
Views: 6670

Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Carol Crooker showed me a really cool digital headcam (video cam) she has that's waterproof, made by Oregon Scientific, and costs less than $200. I believe she said it can record over 100 minutes of high-quality footage. Carol, could give us more beta?
by Shaggy
Fri May 02, 2008 7:40 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15338

Re: Safety gear for packrafts

Question for the Climbers: I picked up a 50 ft. Dyneema-core throw bag from Scott. I'm interested in whether it's possible to attach prusik-like brakes to such a line. However, a couple things jump out at me: 1. It's already 5mm line - very small. 2. Dyneema has a low melt point. I'm worried that f...
by Shaggy
Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newbie with question about alternative use of raft
Replies: 7
Views: 3300

Re: Newbie with question about alternative use of raft

backpacks! oh my... Hey, I designed and half-built those packs! ... Well, okay, so Hig's was the crappy first prototype. ... And then we tore it apart. And I drank a bunch beer during Erin's... And the poly webbing sucked... and the, oh... jeez, no, that didn't work out either... And I found that f...
by Shaggy
Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newbie with question about alternative use of raft
Replies: 7
Views: 3300

Re: Newbie with question about alternative use of raft

Thanks Roman - I wasn't aware of the slow leak issue; I'll be judicious about my dryland use.

I have seen pics of Hig & Erin's sled-used boats, and there is definite deterioration. The lifespan of the boats will be much shorter. Possible? Indeed. Design use? Definitely not.
by Shaggy
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packrafting PFD
Replies: 17
Views: 7050

Re: Packrafting PFD

Yeah, your system's a bit more sane sometimes... Ours is actually pretty good if you clearly built it yourself & weren't professionally advised or anything, but I think I was personally traumatized by the McDonalds hot coffee case. I guess for me it comes down to: I happily use my own home-made cont...
by Shaggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Grand Canyon
Replies: 28
Views: 20898

Re: Grand Canyon

Great Trip Report, Roman! I was on the Canyon at the same time as Roman, on a very different expedition: 26 days, Lees Ferry to Lake Mead, but not a dedicated packrafting trip like Roman's. We ran 18ft oarboats as our motherships (my primary duty was a boat oarsman), and had quiver of Alpackas and ...
by Shaggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: River Report: The Little Colorado, Lower Stretch
Replies: 0
Views: 2433

River Report: The Little Colorado, Lower Stretch

Four of us ran the Little C lower stretch, probably 3-4 miles or so, down to the Colorado, in January, 2008. Section: Ceepoopoo (spelling?) to the Colorado Confluence, several miles. Normal River Character: Travertine dams, class II+ Water Level: Above-average. We ran several days after a 4-day pine...
by Shaggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packrafting PFD
Replies: 17
Views: 7050

Re: Packrafting PFD

PFDs are a funny one, both for advice-offering and in legal terms. Dogman, don't think anyone was dissing you w/ no replies of 16+ views: I think when a lot of us hear a PFD question, we think for awhile. Something to keep in mind on home-made PFDs: there are some cool things you can do, for sure......
by Shaggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh straps
Replies: 12
Views: 4522

Re: Thigh straps

I have *thought* about a solid sheet of fabric amidships, integrated into the spraydeck, too, but just for my personal experimentation... I agree with the other posters, that these are a cool idea but potentialy very hazardous unless well-designed. To some extent, I'm sure that hazard is mitigated f...
by Shaggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newbie with question about alternative use of raft
Replies: 7
Views: 3300

Re: Newbie with question about alternative use of raft

Hi Turk, welcome to the forums. I use my Alpaca as a groundsheet, sometimes. Hig & Erin use theirs as gear sleds in the snow, etc. (check out http://www.groundtruthtrekking.com) but that's not design use :D . Sleeping on a raft: My big challenge w/ sleeping on a raft is that 1) it has to be long eno...
by Shaggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: North Cascades, At Large
Replies: 0
Views: 2506

North Cascades, At Large

The North Cascades are full of secrets to discover, and I won't ruin that a bit. ;) What I want to do is highlight some general things I've found about the North Cascades, so other explorers w/ packrafts can benefit from general beta: Diversity of Runs: The North Cascades have a very broad range of ...
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Just wanted to say hi!
Replies: 5
Views: 2129

Re: Just wanted to say hi!

Welcome to the forums, Mike. I think I've seen a website with some of your pics on the web before, and I love them. If you're in CO now, you're near the new Alpacka fabrication shop: Alpacka is setting up to build boats itself (no more outsourcer QC mess!) near Durango. Good boating, -Andrew
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Raft-Packing in the Grand Canyon
Replies: 3
Views: 2546

Re: Raft-Packing in the Grand Canyon

I'm not able to break away, but there's a very cool, raft-using side excursion to: Thunder River Cave. It's about 3 miles up from where Tapeats Creek comes into the river. Thunder river ejects from the Redwall, above two short pitches (30 feet or less) of low 5th-class rock. You can climb/stem into ...
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Foot spacers?
Replies: 10
Views: 4061

Re: Foot spacers?

I'm wondering if you couldn't stuff your pack or similar object behind your back, Glenn, and sit on something else as a proxy seat. In the Llama, that would push you forward in the boat, centering your weight better, and if you wanted to look far ahead, you could sit up on the pack itself, in sort o...
by Shaggy
Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: BIG WATER
Replies: 6
Views: 3086

Re: BIG WATER

Thanks Roman, RII. I like the timing RII talks about - and he's definitely taken that to a higher level than I have. I agree on the staying calm & reading the water: I felt like those were the most important skills for me on the Colorado, especially since 1) big water can intimidate and fluster a pa...
by Shaggy
Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: BIG WATER
Replies: 6
Views: 3086

BIG WATER

Recently, I know of 3 expeditions that took Alpackas down the Grand Canyon. I was on one expedition. We did 26 days, from Lees Ferry to South Cove. My primary job was as an oarsman (18 ft. boat), so I ran my Alpacka (named the Nuclear Bumblebee, although I like to call it "The Disaster Pod" for styl...
by Shaggy
Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: rock and ice and water?
Replies: 3
Views: 2110

Re: rock and ice and water?

All I can say is: sweet.
by Shaggy
Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle
Replies: 21
Views: 10266

Re: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle

I was pretty skeptical when I first held it, because the blades feel so light, but Hig & Erin have been using it for a couple months now, and they say it's done great and is as durable as the Splat. Don't have one myself, yet, but I'll give it a try this summer. The cedar appears to be very strong.
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two People in a Dory
Replies: 3
Views: 2502

Two People in a Dory

On the Grand Canyon, we put multiple people in a Dory on 4 separate occasions, twice on the Colorado, once canyoneering, once spelunking. The following pix are from one of the times on the big river (others are forthcoming, once I get them from friends). Configurations We Tried: 1. Canoe Style: Two ...
by Shaggy
Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Nepal
Replies: 5
Views: 4663

Re: Nepal

Seems like I always had a low-grade parasite over there... it would be okay as long as I didn't overeat, but once found myself doing a double-shot of tinidizole and cipro, and hardly eating for four days of walking... ugh.

What did the Nepalis think of your boat?
by Shaggy
Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lost/stolen Pack raft.
Replies: 3
Views: 2135

Re: Lost/stolen Pack raft.

Such evil! If we were to come upon such miscreants, we would liberally be kicking their butts! Condolences, Paula.
by Shaggy
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Poor Man's Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 4253

Re: fisherman's reasonably drysuit

Ah, so it was Shaggy who wrote about that ?myth......... Guilty as charged. I've never found the "ballooning" of waders to be a problem: if any air stays in them, it's not a problem. Usually, it all just rushes out, and I find myself wearing a michelin man suit, with makes swimming slower and harde...
by Shaggy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Poor Man's Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 4253

Poor Man's Drysuit

As I've used it, the Poor Man's Drysuit consists of: 1. Neoprene Chest Waders. 2. Belt. 3. Kayak drytop. 4. Shoes (to protect wader feet). 5. Usually a PFD, for river-running. Chest waders are about $70; belt comes w/ the Hodgeman's set. Drytop varies: the cheapest I've heard is one available on Sie...
by Shaggy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21325

Re: Andrew

Andrew, Don't worry: I didn't believe in the water angels either until I got thoroughly trounced by a big wave, and pulled a full-on mystery move. Maybe I just bumped my head on the ocean floor... ha ha. In any case, check out the real event, caught in photography. This is what I mean by Alpacka koo...