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by RomanDial
Fri May 28, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova
Replies: 6
Views: 5296

"Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova

Have wanted to combine Chitistone with Kenecott/Nizina/Chitina/Copper for some time now. Just back yesterday. Surprisingly a very good trip in May, with low water but high winds, still plenty of light and sun to make it enjoyable and snow on the mountains to make it pretty. Also no bugs. We flew in ...
by RomanDial
Fri May 28, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who did first use the TERM Packraft?
Replies: 7
Views: 2809

Re: Who did first use the TERM Packraft?

I think that it started with Sherpa.
by RomanDial
Sat May 15, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Kokatat Dry Suits -- Goretex
Replies: 4
Views: 1654

Kokatat Dry Suits -- Goretex

Woman's medium -- used once $600
Men's Large -- blown out neck gasket -- used more than once $50

Prefer to sell the men's in Anchorage/SC AK, the women's I'll ship.
by RomanDial
Thu May 13, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Hatchers Pass to Kashwitna??
Replies: 12
Views: 6375

Hatcher's Pass, Kashwitna, Sheep Creek Traverse

I posted a guidebook-style entry about this over on my blog:

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2010/05 ... sheep.html
by RomanDial
Sun May 02, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile
Replies: 15
Views: 7778

Re: Six Mile

Water's up -- not super fun anymore....usually below 9 feet is fun. 9.5-10 feet is challenging. Have yet to packrafted it above 10 feet.

Check here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ak/nwis/uv/?s ... 0065,00060
by RomanDial
Sun May 02, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: PFDs available from REI
Replies: 7
Views: 10734

Re: PFDs available from REI

by RomanDial
Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning the raft after use?
Replies: 4
Views: 1974

Re: Cleaning the raft after use?

Rinse the gravel out or you risk wearing a hole where the gravel sticks between the tube and the boat bottom. Dry fully or you risk a stinky boat -- deflate your boat, take the bow and stern lines and bring them together, folding the boat in half but with the black bottom on the inside and the tubes...
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile
Replies: 15
Views: 7778

25 April 2010 -- Six Mile's 2nd and 3rd canyons OPEN

Six Mile's Canyon 2 and 3 are SUPER fun right now. As low as I have ever run them -- Ship Ck-like, really. It's all clear of ice bridges in those two canyons (we didn't run the first one) but there are TWO pieces of WOOD about 30 yds down from Merry Go Round. Three packrafts (all with thigh straps) ...
by RomanDial
Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak
Replies: 21
Views: 12663

Re: Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak

I know this is an old trip but I just got around to putting a video together so you can see a bit of how it looks. The photos do not do it justice. I'd like to go back in the Fall, when it'd be a different set of non-green colors without any bugs but with cold rain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt...
by RomanDial
Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Housten/Tx recommendation?
Replies: 7
Views: 3646

Re: Housten/Tx recommendation?

Sounds sweet. I sent a PM response.
by RomanDial
Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 9558

Re: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat

Awesome answer Sheri. Detailed and specific and clear. And how great to have sensitive, sensible customers like Andrew.

I am very eager to sit in the WitchCraft and see how it paddles.

Keep up the good work. We are all excited to see Alpacka advancing
by RomanDial
Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 9558

Re: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat

Thanks Sheri, but I'd disagree with the thigh strap entrapment issue. Curious what you base your opinion on, as inflatable kayakers have long used and liked them....check out the forum http://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f11/are-thigh-straps-in-iks-dangerous-29312.html for example for a the thread on...
by RomanDial
Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Housten/Tx recommendation?
Replies: 7
Views: 3646

Re: Housten/Tx recommendation?

Esben, If this bugs you (bugs me!): To my experience, the American NP Sytem is quite effiecient, but not encouraging to form own ideas. All the regulations were putting me a bit off in my desire of a feeling of discovery and freedom. I am simply not used to permits, backcountry travel sheme. I did n...
by RomanDial
Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125555

Re: Youtube Videos!

January 2010, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand compilation:

by RomanDial
Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 10633

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

Here's a compilation video of West Coast, S Island rivers (Hokitika, Arahura, Landsborough, Taipo, Oparara, Mokihinui) we ran in January 2010:



May give some body some kind of NZ trip ideas....like me for instance: stuff I'd like to go back and do again!
by RomanDial
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11128

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

Looks like Shoutdiggity and crew have been out in the new boat:



Wondering if the set can be moved forward a bit?

Alpacka?
by RomanDial
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11128

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

Johnz: I got this in an email from Tim Johnson in NZ: "ps: I combat rolled (a real one) the packraft today on the Upper Toaroha (I hiked into the Cedar Flat hut & spent the night, chilled in the cold hot spring, and pack rafted out today. A good day and I was shocked I could roll so easily with a hu...
by RomanDial
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11128

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

WOW Sheri! you and the Alpacka Development Team have been busy bees. Boat sounds super cool. Can not wait to try it. Would like to get a bomber roll in the pool with it before hitting the creeks come April's open season. The idea of a longer stern and narrow front tubes to balance the boat is intrig...
by RomanDial
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD
Replies: 6
Views: 8793

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD

(Another idea is to put sleeves inside your drysuit or rain jacket to hold these bladders...)

Thanks Andrew for helping advance the sport!
by RomanDial
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: "How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka
Replies: 11
Views: 7093

Re: "How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka

yes, using the Alpacka tie downs instead of d-rings there has been a rip-off failure. Using the metal drings on big patches have held up well. Epoxy is likely not the way to go. Use stabond or clifton urethan adhesives. check the alpacka web site repair & custom for what you need. You need stabond o...
by RomanDial
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11128

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

cool.

would like to try that one. what keeps you from falling out?
by RomanDial
Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: A few odd trip pics with the rafts
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Re: A few odd trip pics with the rafts

Happy to see that paddle over there in Oz getting some use.

Nice photos, especially the last one of the escarpment w/trees over the water.
by RomanDial
Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:36 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: some new mods
Replies: 9
Views: 5218

Re: some new mods

Raven, Yes there is certainly a skirt imposed limit and in all three boats it does feel like where the seat is now results in pushing onto the forward of top opening. Indeed, extra velcro helps keep the opening from splitting open with this new pressure. A benefit is the pressure also helps keep it ...
by RomanDial
Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: some new mods
Replies: 9
Views: 5218

Re: some new mods

Adrian.nz:

I am likely around 5' 11" or 180 cm and wear 32" = 81 cm inseam pants.
by RomanDial
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: What Alpackas are not designed for ... (Winter in Germany)
Replies: 4
Views: 2404

Re: What Alpackas are not designed for ... (Winter in Germany)

Esben,

Maybe give this photo to Shaggy for the Alpacka Gallery as the Alpacka Gallery needs some fresh pics and this one is winter-fresh!
http://picasaweb.google.de/sven.schelli ... 2551602994
by RomanDial
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: some new mods
Replies: 9
Views: 5218

Re: some new mods

Yes photos are at my blog:

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... sweet.html

had trouble posting them on the forum....
by RomanDial
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: some new mods
Replies: 9
Views: 5218

some new mods

Before heading south to NZ last month I tricked out my main boat (a Llama, even though a Yak has been my boat-size) for WHITEWATER. This is not about running the occasional Class III. If that's all you are interested in is Class II and maybe the occasional Class III, then this stuff I am saying does...
by RomanDial
Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Upper Hokitikia River, New Zealand (IV-V) pack raft!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1596

Re: Upper Hokitikia River, New Zealand (IV-V) pack raft!!!

Another version without much visible pr -- a kayak vid, really, that highlights the skills of Timmy J!

by RomanDial
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Clarence River NZ
Replies: 16
Views: 5450

Re: Clarence River NZ

Here's a great resource online for the Clarence http://rivers.org.nz/nz/canterbury/clar ... ron-to-sh1 and other rivers http://rivers.org.nz/nz: It's Graham Charles' Guidebook text.
by RomanDial
Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, West Coast, Arahura River
Replies: 0
Views: 1085

NZ, West Coast, Arahura River

Imagine Little Susitna boulders with drops twice as tall as Ship Creek and five times as numerous: that's the Arahura at low water. There are hiking guidebooks and maps for the hiking and Graham Charles for the boating (http://rivers.org.nz/nz/west-coast/arahura/arahura-gorges), with huts for the ca...
by RomanDial
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: West Coast, S. Island, Mokihinui Forks down
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

Re: West Coast, S. Island, Mokihinui Forks down

We could finally sit in our boats a couple km down from Slate Creek. The water was quite low and changes a lot so pretty hard to tell from the map whether it'll go.
by RomanDial
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Nelson Lakes National Park
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

Re: Nelson Lakes National Park

video showing mostly the D'Urville and the walk in with a bit of the Sabine and Rotoroa Lake.



we saw lots of fishers but not many fish
by RomanDial
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Taipo River, West Coast, South Island, NZ
Replies: 0
Views: 1045

Taipo River, West Coast, South Island, NZ

The Taipo is on the west side of the Arthur's Pass Road and has a gauge under the bridge. Graham Charles' guidebook says its best at 2.8 to 3.2 (http://rivers.org.nz/nz/west-coast/taipo/lower-taipo) but we had a great time at 2.4. We camped at the lowest hut after walking in during the evening, then...
by RomanDial
Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: West Coast, S. Island, Mokihinui Forks down
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

West Coast, S. Island, Mokihinui Forks down

This is a really good clean run with a 5-7 hour marked hiking route in to a hut. If it's running clear you'll like it. It's a guidebook run Class III with one Class IV, so check out http://rivers.org.nz/nz/west-coast/mokihinui/mokihinui-forks-down for info. We walked in from the Lyell Saddle. Not a ...
by RomanDial
Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:00 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Nelson Lakes National Park
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

Re: Nelson Lakes National Park

No Steve, I have been too busy paddling to fish! Although it is very satisfying to have a fishing rod stuck in my paddle. I use it show the fisherman in the huts, but that's the only use it gets! Saw some big brownies though on the Mokhinui's South Fork but not as big or as numerous as what I saw la...
by RomanDial
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Nelson Lakes National Park
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

Nelson Lakes National Park

This is really fine Kiwi style butt-boating: camp in the huts walk up the trails and packraft down. D'Urville River is Class II, one spot Class III, but there's a big tunnel going through solid rock that you have to portage. People have hiked into it over passes to the south and rafted w/packs in cl...
by RomanDial
Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Navua River in Fiji
Replies: 3
Views: 1588

Re: Navua River in Fiji

It’s good to get away from the road to see the true essence of a place. Actually, to really see the underlying, original geography, it’s best to get away from the sight of lights and sound of motors, but that’s getting harder and harder to do anywhere on the dry earth today. But still, to see local ...
by RomanDial
Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Navua River in Fiji
Replies: 3
Views: 1588

Re: Navua River in Fiji

Disappointing try at the Navua: http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2010/01/pacific-airlines-often-offers-most.html Rivers Fiji has a strangle hold on the access, so don't count on them to help. The whole island is private property so you need permission from multiple landowners to run the Navua, is wha...
by RomanDial
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6354

Re: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

maybe but i think the short paddle is the culprit. i'm gonna try my old long 215 cm again and test shoutdiggity's hypothesis
by RomanDial
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Thigh straps - alternative coniguration
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

Re: Thigh straps - alternative coniguration

Sven, This looks cool. I have been thinking of something similar but with all those straps enclosed in fabric to reduce foot entrapment and to spread the load out. At a packrafting and kayak polo session (they go on concurrently) I could only practice rolls between the two games (cause I'm fixated)....
by RomanDial
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...
Replies: 16
Views: 6354

Re: Shoulder tendonitis/dislocation issues for Alpackas...

I paddled yesterday for a few hours on flat water, against headwind and against the tide with my 197 cm and got a sore shoulder. First time ever and I have been paddling for a while now.....
by RomanDial
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Alatna, Arrigetch, Noatak: "Arctic Circle"
Replies: 4
Views: 2271

Alatna, Arrigetch, Noatak: "Arctic Circle"

Like Ed, I have an old trip (2003) posted over at my blog.

Some of you may be doing more planning/dreaming than paddling/walking, so here's something to help:

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2009/12 ... ntain.html
by RomanDial
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 12136

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

Wondering if maybe it's related to the small diameter of the patch Luc used? Alpacka tie-downs are 3 inches in diameter (~7 sq inches); the bigger NRS Bandit ones are actually 4.5 inches (~16 sq inches). So, doesn't double the area halve the pressure, if pressure equals force divided by area? And wo...
by RomanDial
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 12136

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

This is what I put on my boats as described on Alaska Raft and Kayak's web site: http://alaskaraftandkayak.com/store/nrs-dring-for-bandits-set-p-1065.html NRS D-Ring For Bandits Add these urethane coated nylon D-rings to your NRS Bandit inflatable kayak. These can be used for strapping in gear or in...
by RomanDial
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 5268

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

These seem to be what I see on a bunch of kayakers -- do they have drain holes? http://www.shredready.com/site/products/category/sports/kayak/ I like the "Shaggy" for obvious reasons. BTW I got upside down and hit hard on the ear by a rock while wearing a whitewater helmet that covered the ears. I s...
by RomanDial
Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 12136

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

Kevin -- The lightweight Alpacka tie-down used on a thigh strap equipped boat ripped off after ripping in half. The owner of the boat replaced that with the big D-ring style, about 4.5 inches in diameter. Weighs 1 oz instead of 1/4 oz. FYI http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2009/12/pimping-my-ride.html
by RomanDial
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crocodiles?
Replies: 10
Views: 3344

Re: Crocodiles?

Freshwater Crocs in Oz behaved similarly to PatriotBliss' account of LA alligators. I paddled past dozens on the Ord River in the Eastern Kimberly of Western Australia and a handful in Kakadu, some quite long like 8 feet or so, even chased one. They were more interested in the fruit bats that fell ...
by RomanDial
Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Navua River in Fiji
Replies: 3
Views: 1588

Re: Navua River in Fiji

Yes, been down it in an IK. Totally packraftable -- a classic en route to NZ.

Also sent a PM to you.
by RomanDial
Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11128

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

PS -- thigh strap packing Now that the seat is pulled forward, I am able to strap gear behind my back and use that as a backrest. My new inflatable backrest is removable so that if camping I can use gear and if sport boating I can use the inflatable backrest (an old seat from the early days of Alpac...