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by Shaggy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21325

Re: Packs for Packrafting

Have any of you guys ever used Mystery Ranch packs? I've heard a lot positive about them, but they look a bit heavy & over-engineered on the website. Then again, I still do a lot using a stuff stack w/ a piece of 1" webbing sewn onto it...
by Shaggy
Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:25 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21325

Re: Packs for Packrafting

andrewallan wrote:I do start to wonder whether I have done the right thing!!
Sorry, man - you already drank the kool-aid! I would recommend inflating your Alpacka in a quiet, safe place and curling fetal inside of it until the water-angels stop telling to do large drops...
by Shaggy
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21325

Re: Packs for Packrafting

I like being able to disguise myself as a normal backpacker. A mesh pack is a dead give way. I like this... Nonetheless, like mesh for a couple reasons. Like Roman, I want to be able have a pack I can stow all my junk without having to do knot math. I want something that's light weight, dries well,...
by Shaggy
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: ?Packraft attachments
Replies: 7
Views: 4171

Re: ?Packraft attachments

I'm going to back Brad up on the tethers: I almost lost my life to one. I was running a little creek near Winthrop, WA with an experimental lanyard on my paddle when I hit a sweeper. The cord got entangled on me as I scrambled out onto the log, and I ended up half-on the log, river trying to suck th...
by Shaggy
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21325

Re: Packs for Packrafting

I too have been experimenting on rafting backpacks... Lately, I've been leaning towards a wet mesh pack: it gets around the technical & lifespan challenges of building a drybag-on-my-back, and it gives me someplace to put my wet stuff - which usually ends up about 90% of my total gear. It'd be nice ...
by Shaggy
Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Nepal
Replies: 5
Views: 4664

Re: Nepal

You lucky fiend! Been there twice, but it was before I had an Alpacka. I'm not familiar with where those are... I was on a geological expedition near the Chainpur town / Api Himal area. Can you orient me? Any problems with catching bugs?
by Shaggy
Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: In Search of A Dry Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 7817

Re: In Search of A Dry Boat

(having dry wet dreams of a self-bailer). Here's an alternative approach: Install a couple grommets in your floor, and paddle with a big insulmat in your boat as a false-floor. It's kind of turning your boat into a wet-boat, like a wet-suit, but you'd never get more than the equilibrium amount of w...
by Shaggy
Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Best way to add gear/grab loops?
Replies: 1
Views: 2171

Re: Best way to add gear/grab loops?

Clifton one-part or two-part adhesive for urethane works great! Be sure to read the instructions: the stuff needs to be used in a specific way, but once that job is done, it's PERMANENT! You definitely do NOT want to use Aquaseal: it won't cure without air exposure. There's a new information about t...
by Shaggy
Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: The Packraft Roll?
Replies: 10
Views: 4611

Re: The Packraft Roll?

I am a big user of the flip-to-bail technique. I just slide over onto one tube, and gently "rotate" the raft up and past 90 degrees, at which point it capsizes and I go in the drink. When my game is really on, I get the boat almost up to vertical, spilling almost all the water, and flop back down - ...
by Shaggy
Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 7293

Re: Helmets

What do you think of those lightweight pro-tech hockey-style helmets some boaters wear?
by Shaggy
Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Alpine Lakes
Replies: 1
Views: 2419

Alpine Lakes

I've been paddling some alpine lakes in the North Cascade mountains. It's peaceful, beautiful, and awe-inspiring to get out on an alpine lake in a packraft. I don't know how to fish, but it seems like the perfect place for it. This general stuff applies to any steep, rocky, ex-glacial lake environme...
by Shaggy
Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Foolish, the Bold, the Irrigation-Ditch-Runners...
Replies: 2
Views: 2365

Re: The Foolish, the Bold, the Irrigation-Ditch-Runners...

Absolutely! I mean, not that I'd know about it, either. You'd have to be CRAZY to do stuff like that. *Ahem* ;)
by Shaggy
Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Re: Inflatable Life Jackets
Replies: 16
Views: 8642

Re: Inflatable Life Jackets

On technical challenges: Polyurethane does often heat-weld well, and works great with the right adhesive film. What you really want is a valve that you can attach in the same way. The best ones I've found are the ones that Sheri puts in the rafts themselves - those elbow-joint twist valves. If you w...
by Shaggy
Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft-Specific Training
Replies: 4
Views: 2827

Re: Packraft-Specific Training

FYI, when Roman talks about this stuff, I listen. He knows what he's talking about.

-Shaggy
by Shaggy
Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are They For Big Boys??
Replies: 3
Views: 2042

Re: Are They For Big Boys??

Alaskabiggin, you might check this out to: Awhile ago, a couple guys took their oarboat down in the Wrangells, carried 2 yaks up a siderive, and shot a bison. They loaded the meat, hide, and heads into their rafts, and planned to line the boats out. The shore was too rocky, so they ended up piling i...
by Shaggy
Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are They For Big Boys??
Replies: 3
Views: 2042

Re: Are They For Big Boys??

How much weight you can float depends largely on your handling needs. I've personally been totally underwater my Alpaca, in the surf. It didn't rupture under even that stress, but when my raft is totally swamped, it paddles like a pig. Forrest is right - the Dory is pretty good for big loads, for a ...
by Shaggy
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Foolish, the Bold, the Irrigation-Ditch-Runners...
Replies: 2
Views: 2365

The Foolish, the Bold, the Irrigation-Ditch-Runners...

Yes, you can run irrigation ditches in your Alpacka. * Ahem *, I mean, so we've heard . Not that I'D do anything so... outlandish. Of course not. But if I had, I might suggest: 1. Know your stuff, be prepared. Things can happen really fast in small spaces with twisty corners and zero maneuvering spa...
by Shaggy
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft-Specific Training
Replies: 4
Views: 2827

Packraft-Specific Training

Over the last few years, I've found that when taking anyone out on the river - new river-runner, experienced kayaker, Ex-Navy SEAL - there are some packraft-specific drills that help someone learn about the capabilities of the boat and/or themselves a LOT more quickly. Drills I currently do myself a...
by Shaggy
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Re: Inflatable Life Jackets
Replies: 16
Views: 8642

Re: Inflatable Life Jackets

On the litigation fears of making a PFD: You're right, Andrew. There's a big legal fear around making PFDs, for obvious reasons. Alpacka might go there in the future (Sheri & I had some fun playing with that idea, in the shop), but a commercial PFD probably exists in a legal world of its own that I ...
by Shaggy
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: California
Topic: Pacific Surf (Anywhere you got a beach...)
Replies: 7
Views: 4806

Pacific Surf (Anywhere you got a beach...)

I've been playing a bit along Pacific (Washington) beaches along the outer coast. In fact, if you go to the "Beyond Spec" home page (search for it...), you can see a picture of me being given a serious comeuppance by a small but extremely ill-tempered wall of high-velocity seawater. Small swell (a c...
by Shaggy
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Methow River, Washington State
Replies: 0
Views: 2096

Methow River, Washington State

The Methow River runs through the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, descending through the Methow Valley down to the Columbia near Pateros. Navigable Reach: The Methow's water level is highly variable. During spring, I've easily put in at Mazama. As river level drops, it's still navigable...
by Shaggy
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:19 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Olympic Peninsula: Queets River
Replies: 8
Views: 13022

Olympic Peninsula: Queets River

The Queets is a great beginner river on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. It's one of the state's last real "wild" rivers, meandering through and unpopulated, roadless old-growth valley along the Pacific Coast. Access: the trail is unmaintained. You'll need to bushwack or play trail-tracker to get upstream...
by Shaggy
Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Re: Inflatable Life Jackets
Replies: 16
Views: 8642

Re: Inflatable Life Jackets

I find that the real problem with closed cell foam is that it doesn't pack well. You can make a Hig-esque therm-a-rest PFD with an iron, scissors, strapping + buckles, and a way to sew it all on. The best way he's found is to cut arm notches in one side, so your can wrap it around your body. He trie...