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by Shaggy
Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 12136

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

That's act3ually a little conservative, but close, Roman. I calc that a 4.5 inch circle has about 225% the surface area of a 3 inch circle. Additionally, though, the actual weld or glue area can have a different geometry and % of the total area. EX: an rf-welded grabloop is a concentric circle surro...
by Shaggy
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 5268

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

Cool titanium helmet... sadly, not a whitewater configuration. :cry: That flaring back brim is great for soldiers worried about bullets and shrapnel, but can provide catch-points and leverage for slower-but-powerful physical forces. I can also be driven into the neck, shearing the cervical spine. Hm...
by Shaggy
Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Need for Separate Forums?
Replies: 6
Views: 2163

Re: Need for Separate Forums?

Sounds good.

Yeah, on Tasmania... I've always wondered if it's proper etiquette to talk of Taz a little separately (sort of like saying 'Alaska' in the states) or it's better form to simply say Australia. Sounds like the latter. Thanks.
by Shaggy
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Need for Separate Forums?
Replies: 6
Views: 2163

Need for Separate Forums?

Hi Guys, let me know if you feel it would be beneficial to split up the "Down Under" forum, say into Oz + Tasmania and NZ. I can do it pretty easily. Cheers, -Andrew
by Shaggy
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 5268

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

Thanks for bringing up the whitewater helmet subject, alaskacreeker. Sheri & us other Alpacksters have had a lot of conversations over the years about the implications of helmet choice, what to show on the company website, etc. I think Sheri's always brought up a very good point: for a non-rolling p...
by Shaggy
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas
Replies: 7
Views: 5275

Re: Paint or vinyl on Alpackas

Cool lettering. Adhesives & Stickers seem to do very well on the boats. The key appears to be cleaning the area well before applying. Otherwise, they peel a lot quicker. Paint: Don't know about this. I'll take my test "basher" [a chewed-up boat that's had - I think - three different spray decks], an...
by Shaggy
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:13 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Needle and Thread?
Replies: 3
Views: 1917

Re: Needle and Thread?

Hi Mike,

I know Hig & Erin carried a needle and dental floss. Their primary choice for the floss was because of the handly little box it comes in.

They repaired a bear-claw rip in the side using a herringbone stitch and Aquaseal. Maybe Hig can post a photo of it here? It's pretty impressive.
by Shaggy
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11128

Re: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!

Indeed, well done! The development of a good technique once again turns the "impossible" into the evolutionary :D In the midst of trying move some behind-the-scenes mountains (hence its quietness on the forums, etc. for much of this year), Alpacka has been keenly watching whitewater techniqued devel...
by Shaggy
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Full neoprene wetsuit
Replies: 2
Views: 1660

Re: Full neoprene wetsuit

I have an O'neil wetsuit designed for surfing I use for packrafting. It's a full-length suit, I believe a "Heat" model, around 5mm I think. I use it in Washington state, in mixed rain/snowmelt rivers. Overall, it's been pretty good, and I'm happy with it. However, one day I spent a couple hours in a...
by Shaggy
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:14 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 30
Views: 21336

Re: Packraft Rescue Training

I'm guessing Scott hasn't put together his 2010 schedule yet. I'd suggest checking on his site, www.solgear.com, or e-mailing him at Scott ( at ) solgear ( dot ) com. [trying to format it so bots won't get his e-mail from this post].
by Shaggy
Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Rating System
Replies: 15
Views: 4576

Re: Packraft Rating System

Hig & Erin interrogated me pretty good about the IWCS system, and a conclusion we (or at least I) came to is that the usefulness of a rating system also tends to hinge on your interaction with the local boating community. This social network develops a set of shared understandings about the system, ...
by Shaggy
Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpaca with no spray deck?
Replies: 9
Views: 3094

Instructions for stripping off a Spray Deck

Actually, lawnpotter, you can "remove" the deck. You just pull an edge back, pop up the deck-side of the tape that attaches the deck to the boat, a nick through the uplifted half of the tape with scissors or a knife, taking care not to puncture or scratch the boat tube. It's easiest to do this on an...
by Shaggy
Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpaca with no spray deck?
Replies: 9
Views: 3094

Re: Alpaca with no spray deck?

Hi lawnpotter, I run all types of the boats for Alpacka (I'm an owner/member and tester), so I'm pretty frequently in both decked and open versions. For what you're doing, in the absolute, an open boat sounds like what I'd prefer. Some factors: Spray deck = more weight, cost, and stuff on the boat. ...
by Shaggy
Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Blown-off spray decks
Replies: 1
Views: 1642

Re: Blown-off spray decks

That old girl has seen her share of adventures :D This sounds like the pretty classic 'retro deck delamination' we occasionaly see, especially on boats with the most history. It appears to have to do with chemistry changes in the fabric, and is the trickiest part of a deck retrofit. When boats get s...
by Shaggy
Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Beginnner question on losing raft + gear
Replies: 6
Views: 4337

Lanyard Length

How long is your lanyard, Andrew? And where do you put the release buckle? Hig & Erin & I have been exploring various lanyard configurations for open water situations, and looking at some things like wrist loops & shock absorbers, which became relevant for them during their trip. They tend to use la...
by Shaggy
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Expedition to glaciers of Patagonia
Replies: 2
Views: 3050

Re: Expedition to glaciers of Patagonia

Ditto thanks, and I love your website!
by Shaggy
Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 30
Views: 21336

Re: Packraft Rescue Training

Not so far as I know, but I know Backpacking Light has a mid-September whitewater-type course they're doing in Montana. Solgear may be involved in this as well, slips my mind. Late... tired...
by Shaggy
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Tracking in open water
Replies: 9
Views: 5616

Re: Tracking in open water

This is one of those hydrodynamic properties of a short, flat-bottom, kayak-paddled raft that's hard to get around. Couple thoughts... Skeg Effectiveness: Speaking as the guy who's been doing Alpacka CS for awhile now, I've seen a number of people try adding skegs to their non-rowboat Alpackas, but ...
by Shaggy
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:27 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle
Replies: 21
Views: 10276

Re: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle

I hear you Brad. My experience, using the Sawyer myself, hearing boater feedback, and watching the record of the paddle is that the changes Sawyer made to it have been very good. My overall impression, from the information I get, is that the Sawyer is a beautiful mixed-water paddle, but if you're co...
by Shaggy
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat
Replies: 11
Views: 4382

Re: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat

Hi Sven, I've got your e-mail, I've just been snowed for the last couple days - and Sheri's the one in outdoors right now. :D I wanted to wait until I could ask her about it.
by Shaggy
Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 4055

Re: Dry Suits

Hmmmm, Actually I think I had the top on wrong... something like that... bah! Anyway, it filled up in the course of a quarter-mile swim, so I can't complain too much, can I? :D I still floated fine, I just felt like I'd gained about 50 lbs.
by Shaggy
Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19196

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Oooooooh, AeroNautiCal has SO outed our secret Skunk Works! AeroNautiCal, your claim of political asylum in Great Britain protects you... but why, man, why? Why did you have to reveale our secret line of fashion apparel to the world?
by Shaggy
Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 4055

Re: Dry Suits

On the poor man's drysuit, I've noticed it seems to work quite a bit better with a kayak spray skirt on than just with the waders and a drytop. At least on the size/configuration I used, I believe the spray skirt's neoprene waist band is a part of what really seals it. It may be a little ahead of it...
by Shaggy
Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Olympic Peninsula: Queets River
Replies: 8
Views: 13036

Re: Olympic Peninsula: Queets River

I do - but I've never run that lower section. Looking at the map, I think it would be a really nice float. Klaloch lodge is out at the ocean there, so you can get a beer or coffee or burger when you get out, too.
by Shaggy
Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: running small dams
Replies: 11
Views: 3729

Re: running small dams

I think a key point is that if there's any uncertainty, it's not worth taking the chance. Someone with sufficient expertise & training here might now feel that uncertainty (and I'm not that person :) ), but for the rest of us, the voice of uncertainty is a great guide.
by Shaggy
Thu May 28, 2009 6:35 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 26490

Re: DIY raft

Well, depends on what you mean by "permanent." The adhesive appears to have good longevity, and sunlight appears to cure it onto urethane, but the tape is vulnerable to abrasion / mechanical damage. It all depends on what kind of usage & longevity you're going for.
by Shaggy
Wed May 20, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: running small dams
Replies: 11
Views: 3729

Re: running small dams

Well said indeed, Turk.
by Shaggy
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Mini-shockles to secure pack
Replies: 5
Views: 2748

Re: Mini-shockles to secure pack

As the originator of the Alpacka tiedown, but posting here as just me, I don't mind saying it's not a perfect for all packs and situations. I just reworked an idea I saw other boaters using, so credit for the design really goes to the community. In truth, there are a lot of good tied-down solutions,...
by Shaggy
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: running small dams
Replies: 11
Views: 3729

Re: running small dams

Hi Blisterfree, The runnability of a low-head dam depends on the dam, from "non-event" to "death trap" :!: Basically, if the flow over doesn't create a hyrdraulic / recirculation of any significance, then - as long as you don't bonk your head on something - you're just doing a little drop, and at wo...
by Shaggy
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Vibram Five Fingers Flow Review
Replies: 7
Views: 12498

Re: Vibram Five Fingers Flow Review

Ooooh, I can already smell the peppermint goodness! Perfect! Additional "Flow" Model Note: Examining the flows, the neoprene on the big toes appears to have been damaged somewhat by my big toenails, possibly affected by "pinch" effects from climbing or dragging my feet across underwater objects. Tha...
by Shaggy
Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Vibram Five Fingers Flow Review
Replies: 7
Views: 12498

Follow Up... all this time later

So I've been wearing the two models I got quite a bit, and have follow-up observations: Additional Features Discovered: Random people stopping me & asking what they are. Has happened MANY times. Great conversation starter. Nicknames Acquired: Ewok, Hobbit. Long-Term Durability: On the KSOs (fabric u...
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Green River Gorge, WA
Replies: 4
Views: 3718

Re: Green River Gorge, WA

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by Shaggy
Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Green River Gorge, WA
Replies: 4
Views: 3718

Green River Gorge, WA

The Green River Gorge is a western Washington front-country classic with a nonetheless remote feel in-river. It's an enclosed gorge, about 12 miles long. River Character: Deep pool-drop, class III and low-IV at normal flows (<3,000 cfs). Crystaline green water, drops w/ big waves and a few pourovers...
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Velcro Skeg
Replies: 9
Views: 3572

Re: Velcro Skeg

You & me both, man... and aesthetically, I just love the whole "longboat" idea 8-)
by Shaggy
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:26 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: The Packraft Roll?
Replies: 10
Views: 4618

Re: The Packraft Roll?

Picking up on what Hig was saying above, the current "Packtach" system Alpacka makes was heavily influenced by what Hig & Erin have come up with, and also by looking at the shockle settups of Brad, Forrest, & I want to say Roman (Roman... I forget what you were using when we paddled Eagle creeking s...
by Shaggy
Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question about Attached Spray Deck
Replies: 5
Views: 1416

Re: Question about Attached Spray Deck

But this guy is ONLY available on April 1st: https://www.alpackaraft.com/store/index ... &do=detail :shock:
by Shaggy
Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Sultan River, WA
Replies: 2
Views: 2808

Re: Sultan River, WA

I'm not sure what the camera was: it was Ben's camera. :D Can't resist giving Ben a shout out: on my first Grand Canyon trip, he taught me how to paddle his kayak, which eventually led to me being a part of Alpacka - AND he's sort of my paddling mentor! So that guy is responsable for all sorts of ch...
by Shaggy
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Dog in Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 12804

Re: Dog in Packraft

Hi PacMan, I can speak a little to this. Sheri (our inventor - I work at Alpacka) pretty regularly took her 60-70 lbs. (I think that's right) black lab out in an Explorer/Dory when she was living in Anchorage, with no problems. I'd go out with them too, sometimes. On the company end, I've never hear...
by Shaggy
Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Sultan River, WA
Replies: 2
Views: 2808

Sultan River, WA

Location: Western WA, east of Everett & Monroe on Highway 2. We ran the Sultan for about 6 miles above the town of Sultan. Character: Beautiful temperate / rainy granite gorge, with a really 'creeky,' pool-drop field. Moss, ferns, etc. Technical Difficulty: Class III with a little IV, depending on ...
by Shaggy
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How good are these rafts really?
Replies: 4
Views: 1809

Re: How good are these rafts really?

That boat will have nothing on Alpacka when the latest mod comes out:

Attachable Heat Shield, (1). For Atmospheric Re-entry conditions. Detaches to form a mobile firepit. Allow two weeks for attachment. Adds 472 pounds to your boat; oxygen tanks and pressurized hat not included.
by Shaggy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Kisatchie Bayou
Replies: 3
Views: 2447

Re: Kisatchie Bayou

Beautiful-looking spot. Do gators ever investigate boat?
by Shaggy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packraft/Fishing Paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 2913

Re: Packraft/Fishing Paddle

I agree with andrewallen- the Splat takes a beating; I've been using mine for 4-5 years. There's a thread on the ferrule getting stuck here, along with maintenance advice from Aquabound: http://www.alpackaraft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=246 I recall Aquabound telling me there is some carbon fib...
by Shaggy
Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6556

Re: Cool name for a two-person raft?

Bearing in mind, though, Hig, that your inseam is a probably little shorter than the average 5'9.5" male... not that this a flaw, just something that affects boat fit. A flatwater boat that's a little shorter is in the works. A whitewater boat for smaller folks would take some development. "Moose" f...
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6556

Re: Cool name for a two-person raft?

"Alpacka" itself has a funny, hazy history actually... Alpacka - the Alpaca. Just like you said, AeroNautiCal: small, light, sure-footed, tough little guy. "I'll-Pack-A" raft. Finally, if you take two of the names of two of the great Alaskan small working-boat building peoples, the Iniupak and the A...
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6556

Re: Cool name for a two-person raft?

Oh... and Wanderlust, not sure on the boat-with-no-name weight yet; still playing with prototypes... but I'd feel comfortable saying 7 lbs. or less in blue, not including seats. So certainly less than 2 one-person rafts.
by Shaggy
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6556

Re: Cool name for a two-person raft?

So many cool names... such an embarassment of riches! Clearly, we are going to need to invent a bunch of new boats... Although andrewallan, I had to do some research: Alpaca, from Wikipedia: "Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Ecuador, southern Peru, northern B...
by Shaggy
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: yankycentric forum structure
Replies: 3
Views: 1296

Re: yankycentric forum structure

Treading lightly lest I tread upon on Aussie-Kiwi-Tasmanian sensibilities (or rivalries), if there's a strong feeling that you'd like more forum headings for your cool part of the world, we can do it no problem. That goes for anywhere in the world... including for us Yanks, if there's a desire to, s...
by Shaggy
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6556

Re: Cool name for a two-person raft?

Suggestions folks have sent... Two-bum drum Double-rack yak The fam ram Alatna Afterstorm Dos Cerveza Frio Sheri's Cruise Missile Roman's Love Boat Andrew's Big Dumb Bouncy Aflatna Slowattack Alpacka Eeyore Double-Butt Barge Double End Tender... The camel does have a nice symetry with Alpaca & Llama...
by Shaggy
Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6556

Cool name for a two-person raft?

We're working on coming out in the near future here with a two person flatwater boat... and we're still trying to come up with a name! This is of course an intensive process, usually involving gin & tonics, multiple dogs, and whatnot. I think the current front-runner is the 'Water Moccasin.' But I w...
by Shaggy
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15351

Re: Safety gear for packrafts

I got ID'd as the firestarter during a rather cold & rainy GC trip last January. The number-one firestarting trick I learned? Peer pressure! Everyone shivering, looking expectantly at you...