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by RomanDial
Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11124

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

Several more people have rolled the packraft in the pool. Total's up to like seven now, of the twelve that I have seen try. Of the twelve, four are people who are "kayakers", i.e., started with hardshells and still paddle hardshells. Half of these hardshellers failed to roll, the other half did it o...
by RomanDial
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

Re: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm

This paddle is Sold!
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Housten/Tx recommendation?
Replies: 7
Views: 3644

Re: Housten/Tx recommendation?

Big Thicket National Preserve to do some hiking and flatwater paddling -- only 90 miles or so from Houston.

http://www.nps.gov/bith/index.htm
by RomanDial
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek Petition
Replies: 1
Views: 1081

Ship Creek Petition

Please look at this site
http://lifemorenatural.com/?p=2272

It might do more than help open Ship Creek.
by RomanDial
Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11124

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

Three of us who can not roll kayaks rolled packrafts tonight -- each of us three times in fact:

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2009/11 ... skimo.html

We did it in our own f-ed up way, since we couldn't do it kayak style.

Let the revolution continue......
by RomanDial
Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

Re: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm

It's now posted on CraigsList for $150
by RomanDial
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11124

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

I have boated with both or you, AkCreeker and Shoutdiggity, and think both of you are not just great packrafters but also authentically honorable men. Neither of you ever displays a real shred of arrogance in your demeaners, and honestly when you two do meet, my hunch is you'll get along jus' fine. ...
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Skurka's Return Announced
Replies: 5
Views: 2644

Skurka's Return Announced

Andrew Skurka has a pretty ambitious route con-packraft for next year:

http://www.andrewskurka.com/AK10/index.php

A big loop from Kotz to AK Range to Lost Coast to Chilkoot to Yukon to Brooks Range to Kotz.
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

Re: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm

Looks like the one at REI is two piece: http://www.rei.com/product/781885 Mine is 4 piece. Here's a 4 piece Shuna like mine (orange blades) for sale new at $325: http://shop.nykayak.com/Werner-Shuna-Kayak-Paddle_p_69.html It's a 2006 model -- cost $310 then, $60 more than the 2006 two piece cost. Ho...
by RomanDial
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

4 piece Werner paddle 210 cm

I'd like to sell one of my 4 piece 210 cm Werner Shuna paddles.

This one weighs about 2 lbs (2 lbs 2 0z):

http://www.wernerpaddles.com/paddles/to ... ium/shuna/
by RomanDial
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 10624

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

Like Tim I'll be in NZ hoping to packraft, but earlier, from Jan 7 to Feb 9. Would like to see you there Andrew.....maybe we can paddle together?
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: "How To" Thigh Straps & ex. Eskimo Roll in Alpacka
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

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

Here's another version of how to put in the d-rings, thanks to Tracey Harmon.

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2009/11 ... ow-to.html
by RomanDial
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitewater safety concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1482

Re: Whitewater safety concerns

I was once a proponent of bike helmets until witnessing head hits with them in the water. They do not offer sufficient side protection, in most folks opinion. Whitewater helmets are going to be the best for whitewater, as they have been designing them for, what, 40 years now. I hit my head today, in...
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???
Replies: 8
Views: 2418

Re: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???

The thigh straps I put in pull me forward and center me in the boat, a place I prefer for whitewater; however, they also pull me "off" the seat or at least off into the no support realm between the the "arms" of the seat. Esben, were you the one who posted about cutting the seat free, then punching ...
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Preparing a boat to carry -- fold or roll?
Replies: 5
Views: 5381

Re: Preparing a boat to carry -- fold or roll?

First fold down the length bottom-to-bottom. This is a hassle and for a stiff old man like me it requires getting down on my knees and finding a flat place on the ground. My method works standing up and needs no flat ground -- use your thighs, until the very end, then you kneel briefly. One thing t...
by RomanDial
Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11124

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

He said at the time, but you can't hear it the videos, that it was much easier than he thought it would be, contrary to the naysayers.
by RomanDial
Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11124

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

I disagree with Regression and Esben.

If you care to read why: http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2009/10 ... aters.html
by RomanDial
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh straps
Replies: 12
Views: 4524

Re: Thigh straps

Yep, thigh straps.

Tim put em in and he rolled his boat today at Bird Creek. Awesome.

Not only are packrafts real boats but real boaters use them.
by RomanDial
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11124

Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!

Tim Johnson. Today. Bird Creek. See for yourself.

by RomanDial
Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:23 am
Forum: Central America
Topic: Good Central American routes?
Replies: 7
Views: 5832

Re: Good Central American routes?

Erik sent me this: The rio platano is a 8-10 day trip. FYI this is a friends outfitting company with an itinerary for the trip http://www.facebook.com/l/7bec8;www.honduras.com/moskitia/rafting.html Other rivers on the North coast are described at these links http://www.facebook.com/l/7bec8;www.kevsm...
by RomanDial
Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Central America
Topic: Good Central American routes?
Replies: 7
Views: 5832

Re: Good Central American routes?

Yea, Tom, it's the Rio Planato. Google that....
by RomanDial
Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???
Replies: 8
Views: 2418

Re: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???

My butt goes numb too, if the seat is hard -- so I let a little air out (with my red boat the air is alwasy leaking out so I have the opposite problem but have had good seats in the past). You can also take Cascade Designs Z-rest pad and slide it under the partially inflated seat, either lengthwise ...
by RomanDial
Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: Central America
Topic: Good Central American routes?
Replies: 7
Views: 5832

Honduras

Erik Nielsen, who's a prof at Northern Arizona University, did Peace Corps work in Honduras, near the Mosquito Coast I think. He and I had talked about a neat route where you'd start on the west side of the mountains and hike over and float this river that goes out to the Mosquito Coast. Can't recal...
by RomanDial
Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft component failures???
Replies: 10
Views: 2858

Re: Packraft component failures???

Moski,

They are right around a year old. The codpiece blew out immediately, but the wad-gob of Aquaseal seems to be holding there.

I am not sending it back hoping to handle repairs/mods myself and leave them with designing/making better boats.
by RomanDial
Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft component failures???
Replies: 10
Views: 2858

Re: Packraft component failures???

Both the back rest and the seat on my boats lose air via the poor valve attachment. I blobbed aquaseal on dry fabric, very dry, but the inside of the seat & backrest must have had moisture because the aquaseal cam out airy looking and my backrest is flat in about 7 minutes and the seat in about 12 a...
by RomanDial
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Thigh straps
Replies: 12
Views: 4524

Re: Thigh straps

Curious if others besides Stefan has thighs straps? Thinking I am ready for them now, that and a shorter paddle. How many people are using them in the ANC area? Does anyone have a quick release mechanism on them, or would it be a knife to the offensive strap release? Would like to have a meet-up to ...
by RomanDial
Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Tincan Creek teacups (packraft) & Upper Bird video!
Replies: 1
Views: 1165

Re: Tincan Creek teacups (packraft) & Upper Bird video!

Another version of "Three Cups of Tea from a Tin Can", plus some Kings lower canyon and greatest hits from 09 season:



Thanks to Tim Johnson's friend Dawn who shot the Tin Can video....
by RomanDial
Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 9009

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

We also discovered this weekend that the center of the "Big Sky" waterfall is runnable but that the hole is nastier there than on the river left side.
by RomanDial
Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Talkeetna Canyon
Replies: 0
Views: 977

Talkeetna Canyon

Talkeetna canyon has been packrafted many times since 2003, when three of the big rapids were run.

It's great in the fall, sort of second canyon of Six Mile-like and relatively cheap to fly into for a weekend:

by RomanDial
Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 8092

Re: Bird Creek

Bird Creek beta.....http://packrafting.blogspot.com/

and vid:


by RomanDial
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Rating System
Replies: 15
Views: 4573

Re: Packraft Rating System

Tim, for some reason I keep getting my emails bounced back from your hotmail account -- I sent you a PM on this forum.

Sorry to clutter up this wonderful and informative discussion with something as mundane as a message to check your PM box here....
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners
Replies: 14
Views: 4203

Re: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners

mhay,

I PM'd you on this forum a while back.....and I was not too nasty!
:D
Do you check those?

Roman
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners
Replies: 14
Views: 4203

Re: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners

You'll discover that small creek Class III is easier for beginners than big water Class II. Similarly congested Class IV can be easier for intermediates than big tongue Class III. This I find a bit perplexing. Maybe it's the "easier" part I need to wrap my mind around. Any chance you would care to ...
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 9009

Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

This may become the Ship Creek for Talkeetna: nicely technical drops that are suitable for packrafts at low volume flows in a short, shallow canyon with quick access.

Some beta and a video on my blog:

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2009/09 ... -thai.html
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Butt Boat Boof
Replies: 1
Views: 1826

Butt Boat Boof

If you watch Thai on this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6hHYxN_XRc at 4:45 you'll see him make a little upward snap with his hips as he goes over a rock. This keeps from stalling out on a rock and from hitting your butt. You need a boat that's short enough or crammed with enough gear that you can ...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Atigun Gorge/ Sagavanirktok River and packrafter death
Replies: 4
Views: 11030

Re: Atigun Gorge/ Sagavanirktok River and packrafter death

You knew this was coming:

by RomanDial
Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners
Replies: 14
Views: 4203

Re: New Pack-rafter looking for Beg/Int Trip Partners

Doug, your experience on the Kenai's high flow is why I came up with a separate rating system for packrafts. You'll discover that small creek Class III is easier for beginners than big water Class II. Similarly congested Class IV can be easier for intermediates than big tongue Class III. Just my one...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle
Replies: 21
Views: 10267

Re: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle

Brad's hit the current with the blade on the Sawyer: It's remarkably durable and its adjustability is great. I bought one for my wife but have been using it more frequently for camping trips as it makes a superb central pole for my pyramid style tents. I am afraid to use it when steep creeking, but ...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Northern
Topic: Atigun Gorge/ Sagavanirktok River and packrafter death
Replies: 4
Views: 11030

Atigun Gorge/ Sagavanirktok River and packrafter death

For over 20 years I've wanted to run the Atigun Gorge and Sagavanirktok River ("Satigun") in a packraft but was always dissuaded by those who paddled other craft. On-line information also makes the Atigun-Sag sound dangerous, beginning with an early canoe attempt in the seventies (http://www.outdoor...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpaca with no spray deck?
Replies: 9
Views: 3092

Re: Alpaca with no spray deck?

No spray deck in whitewater is a lot like canoeing -- you baclkpaddle and slow the boat so as not to ship any water. But you can do a lot more snaking and maneuvering the boat through rapids following smooth, dry lines to stay dry warm and happy. I actually really enjoy it, but don't run Class IV mu...
by RomanDial
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 8092

Re: Bird Creek

Brad M. and Jeff C. went in with me to run Bird's sweet lower canyon. Half an hour walking and half an hour scouting from the Powerline Drive parking to just below the Mushroom put-in. See my earlier post on how to get there without parking at the Penguin Ridge parking area. Great trail walk-in. Kin...
by RomanDial
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Blown-off spray decks
Replies: 1
Views: 1641

Blown-off spray decks

Anybody ever have a spray deck detach in part (or in whole) from their boat? What did you do about it? Happened to the rear end of the spray deck recently, from the velcro to about 135 degrees the other side, and I didn't wanna bug Sheri with my battered old red boat (it'd be like the fifth visit to...
by RomanDial
Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: The Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 7337

Re: The Amazon

Yea, sometimes the web seems infinite, other times I can't find what I want, but I sure don't want to "walk the Amazon" but am amazed and inspired that these guys are persisting. Plus they have some cool photos of their mud boat as a freighter.
by RomanDial
Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Peters Creek Canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 4276

Re: Peters Creek Canyon

PaddlingRegression: The other drop is Rodeo Drive, just hard to tell from the vid. Fits the description perfectly with Timmy's book -- sticky hole on top, left undercut, six foot drop into pool. We had a creekin' good time in our packrafts -- I'm gonna say "no thanks" to hard shells for me! And real...
by RomanDial
Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Peters Creek Canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 4276

Peters Creek Canyon

Here's a video of two drops in the Lower Canyon. Thai Verzone, Moe Witschard of Bozeman, and I went looking for a Ship Creek substitute. We did not find it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCXI1Zk5q8c BTW a friend of ours is a land owner, so no trespassing happened getting to this run. I'll blog a re...
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: The Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 7337

The Amazon

Interesting website/story/photos of a couple guys -- one Brit, one Peruvian -- following the Amazon on foot and of course using a packraft for crossings.

Makes Higs' trip look tame and Skurka's walks fun:

http://www.walkingtheamazon.com/

go to the top and click on photos
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Rating System
Replies: 15
Views: 4573

Re: Packraft Rating System

I really like what Andrew has to say above. The only thing I might add is that climbers have ice, rock, and mixed rating systems and the same vertical expanse might receive, if not ratings for all three, then at least two. In a sense climbing with tools and crampons rather than rock shoes and finger...
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Melozitna River
Replies: 5
Views: 3762

Re: Melozitna River

This gets the coolest interior trip of the year award IMO!
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Packrafting in Utah?
Replies: 29
Views: 12781

Re: Packrafting in Utah?

They say Dinosaur National Monument rivers are good boating.... One strategy is to buy another boat for your friends and do rivers everyone else does in "real boats" to calibrate yourselves. Plan on doing hiking in and outs -- e.g. hike down to Spanish Bottom in Canyonlands, run Catarcat and hike ou...