Search found 428 matches

by RomanDial
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Rating System
Replies: 15
Views: 4571

Re: Packraft Rating System

mhay: The function of a rating system is to communicate information. Exactly. And the kayak beta I get is not as useful as the packraft beta I get. So to pull the "Appeal to Authority Argument", I have been packrafting pretty much exclusively -- only enough paddle-rafting, oar-boating, whitewater & ...
by RomanDial
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 8083

Re: Bird Creek

Mushroom stuffed with sticks, but everything else essentially wood-free.

The Dog Leg is fun and maybe more straightforward than Commando Drop in Ship in a packraft but a little sticky at lower water. The last two drops at such low water were a bit more upsetting, but we ran everything clean.
by RomanDial
Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yak or Llama
Replies: 11
Views: 3261

Re: Yak or Llama

Adjustable seat! Yahoo! I have been begging for that for 6 years.

Scoot forward for whitewater, kick back for the Yukon.

Maybe I'll have to buy a new boat.
by RomanDial
Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 8083

Bird Creek

As many of you know, Ship Creek's sweet little lower canyon, the one above the Reservoir, is closed by Ft Rich Base order. Bummer, I say :( An alternative for those who have run Ship's lower canyon and like it and feel comfortable with its many drops and technical nature, low volume canyon run, is t...
by RomanDial
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: Wyoming
Topic: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex
Replies: 8
Views: 7176

Re: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex

My sabbatical's coming to a close and so I'm trying to pump out slide-shows and videos of our round-the-world-with-a-packraft trip last year so the images aren't just sitting on my hard drive collecting static. Hope you enjoy.....here's the one for the trip described above: http://www.youtube.com/wa...
by RomanDial
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yak or Llama
Replies: 11
Views: 3261

Re: Yak or Llama

Go for the Yak. Unless your legs are abnormally long, you'll be "swimming" in the Llama when you run whitewater. On the other hand, a couple of the best whitewater packrafters I know strap their dry bagged gear inside their boat's bow and use that to brace against. They are your size, or even a bit ...
by RomanDial
Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Tracking in open water
Replies: 9
Views: 5610

Re: Tracking in open water

My family and I have found that just having two paddle the boat (both facing forward) gives far better tracking than one in lakes and other flat waters. We have no pole on the bottom of the boat. Just two of us paddling gives great power and fantastic tracking. Hig, is it possible that this is what ...
by RomanDial
Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:14 am
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Grand Canyon
Replies: 28
Views: 20900

Hermit to Havasu Images

A few minutes of the images from the Grand Canyon:

by RomanDial
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: trip report: Donnelly - McKinley Village
Replies: 5
Views: 3506

Re: trip report: Donnelly - McKinley Village

The Wilderness Classic covered this route this year and i posted a little on my blog http://packrafting.blogspot.com/ . The water was very high and the Wood and Yanert very fast. We were able to float the Wood from its upper bend (below the pass to West Fork Little Delta) all the way to Grizzly Cree...
by RomanDial
Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Seven tips from the Happy
Replies: 5
Views: 3550

Seven tips from the Happy

Gordy Vernon, Thai Verzone, and Brad Meiklejohn are all creative thinkers and active packrafters who like wild, moving water, preferably whitewater. On our recent trip down the Happy River we shared and discovered the following among ourselves: 1. A folded packraft (i.e. not rolled -- folded so that...
by RomanDial
Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: The Scout
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

Re: The Scout

My favorite arrangement with a 3/4 length thermarest was to inflate it to about the level it self-inflates to, then stuff about half of it into the seat spot, letting the rest stick up as a tall seat-back. I did nail my butt on one rock, so maybe I'll experiment with putting something under the the...
by RomanDial
Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Happy River (Alaska Range)
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: Cheapest way to do Iditapaddle?

1. Thursday, Use a wheel plane (like a 206) with 4 people going lean and light to land at Puntilla Lake airstrip (i.e. Rainy Pass Lodge) early in AM. Leave food and shelter for rest of trip to Skwentna here. Follow awesome horse trails to above Sheep Lake (ask Shane at Rainy Pass Lodge for trail bet...
by RomanDial
Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Happy River (Alaska Range)
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: Happy River (Alaska Range)

Boy, we sure needed that bug dope on the walk out! Wondered where it went....where'd you guys take out?

Yes, that's great fun creek turning river there.

Who'd you fly in with Mark and from where?
by RomanDial
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Happy River (Alaska Range)
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: Happy River (Alaska Range)

The vid:
by RomanDial
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Happy River (Alaska Range)
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Happy River (Alaska Range)

Twenty years ago Mark Stoppel and I reached Puntilla Lake shod in worn-out boots. We'd started walking from Healy headed for Lake Clark (Mark had started solo near Black Rapids, me with Carl Tobin and Jon Underwood in Menatasta with Mtn Bikes), but decided to bail by floating out the Happy. We were ...
by RomanDial
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Gear List
Replies: 0
Views: 1592

Gear List

Inspired by the folks at BackpackingLight.com and Andrew Skurka -- and motivated by an upcoming weight limit for a flight -- I weighed all my gear for an Alaska Range's Happy River fly-in trip. The Gear List and weights are at my blog http://packrafting.blogspot.com/. Sort of heavy, I know.... Think...
by RomanDial
Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Anywhere in Alaska - mid-June through mid-August
Replies: 6
Views: 2629

Re: Anywhere in Alaska - mid-June through mid-August

Yep, he's fast. He may be the first non-Alaskan to win a Classic.
by RomanDial
Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: "Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu
Replies: 4
Views: 3490

Re: "Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu

Here's the video;
by RomanDial
Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: "Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu
Replies: 4
Views: 3490

"Waikiki" -- The best of Honolulu

Brad M and I hiked into N fork of Honolulu in early June to run "Honolulu Loop" (http://packrafting.blogspot.com/) which was too exciting to recommend. The Honolulu Creek Canyon downstream of the confluence with Goat Lake Creek is just too steep, deep, sharp, twisty-turney, bush-infested and remote ...
by RomanDial
Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Anywhere in Alaska - mid-June through mid-August
Replies: 6
Views: 2629

Re: Anywhere in Alaska - mid-June through mid-August

Skurka's fast and his trip is very cool. He paddled Turnagain solo from Beluga Point to Hope, hiked Res Trail and made it to Homer in a week floating or paddling just about all the bodies of water in between -- then turned around and came to Seward paddling fiords -- again all solo and very quickly!...
by RomanDial
Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 20740

Re: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.

That video got my mouth watering immediately.
by RomanDial
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Late August Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: Late August Packraft Rescue Training

Scott Solle has these courses out at King Mtn on the Matanuska tentatively scheduled: 8/21 - 8/24 Packraft Specific Whitewater Rescue Technician Class (4-day Fri - Mon) 9/4 - 9/7 Packraft Specific Whitewater Rescue Technician (Labor day weekend Fri - Mon) He suggests signing up now, so email him at ...
by RomanDial
Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water is scary
Replies: 1
Views: 1167

Water is scary

Found this over at Mountain Buzz:

Sobering picture story.....

http://blog.venganza.org/17.php
by RomanDial
Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur's Pass to Erewhon Station, Southern Alps, NZ
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

Re: Arthur's Pass to Erewhon Station, Southern Alps, NZ

video, if interested:


and Part II (more interesting)
by RomanDial
Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Northeast
Topic: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Replies: 6
Views: 8158

Re: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

blisterfree, ForrestMcarthy turned me on to the camera. It's an Optio W60. The technique for the POV video I borrowed from Media Feliz. May be a trade secret so you'll have to ask shoutdiggity. It was his idea and a very cool one at that. I'd rate the drops as PR 4 because you need to position your ...
by RomanDial
Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Cataract Canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 10904

Re: Cataract Canyon

Ran Cataract back in November, solo. -- pretty much everything right down the middle. Scouted the three big ones but ran each down the middle. Flipped in Rapid 4 and 27: hubris in big waves got me. Felt like Grand Cayon Lite -- fun easy big water in an open canyon. Ran the Canyon to just above Calf ...
by RomanDial
Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft (almost)
Replies: 0
Views: 1198

Eskimo Roll in a packraft (almost)

Looking at latest packrafting vids on YouTube I found this one from Japan


It's a neat drop and at about 18 seconds in he flips and a few seconds later almost rolls up.

Inspirational.
by RomanDial
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: Northeast
Topic: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Replies: 6
Views: 8158

Re: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Yes the Orbit is the PFD and it gives me a little trouble when I try to get in the boat after swimming if the pockets are too full with stuff. I like how it comes apart, makes a good pillow on one end and the other half gives me feet insulation. The Pinnacle is an awesome pack except that when it's ...
by RomanDial
Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Late August Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: Late August Packraft Rescue Training

Both.

But this particular one's in AK.
by RomanDial
Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Rio Grande Bikerafting
Replies: 5
Views: 3565

Re: Rio Grande Bikerafting

Very Cool.

Is this the Big Bend area of the Rio Grande or in NM?
by RomanDial
Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Guidebook
Replies: 5
Views: 2784

Packrafting Guidebook

While there are several river guides available for Alaska and elsewhere, a guidebook that mixes boating and hiking is rare (there's a Fairbanks book by Kyle Joly, Outside in the Interior , that mentions a couple packrafting trips), However, I have been collecting material for one. An example of cont...
by RomanDial
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Late August Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Late August Packraft Rescue Training

Scott Solle is talking about another packrafting-focused, swiftwater rescue training course in late August.

I'd like all my paddling partners to take one, and, at my middle age, need a refresher each year, too.

Stay tuned.
by RomanDial
Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Resurrection Creek
Replies: 7
Views: 4587

Re: McCarthy's Forest

"McCarthy's Forest" (Fox Creek to 7 mile Bridge on Resurrection Creek) PR 3 -- 590 foot drop in 5.4 miles = 110 feet/mile 100-150 cfs 13 miles walk-in from Parking Area on Hope Side Put in at 60.7318 N 149.7197 W (NAD 27 Alaska) 4 portages (2 beaver dams -- 2 log jams) (1) 60.7318 N 149.7197 W -- A ...
by RomanDial
Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Recognizing 'Echo Bend'
Replies: 2
Views: 1231

Re: Recognizing 'Echo Bend'

Right Paddling Regression, you simply can not miss it. You'll hear it and the whole river narrows into a "gate" -- there's a horizon line, that says "big drop". Time to get out.
by RomanDial
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Anybody have info on the Trail River near Grandview?

It's glacial (cold), braided (lots of options and the effective flow will be lower in smaller channels) and less than 50 ft/mile at the end and less than 100 feet/mile for the first 4.5 miles. Probably some sweepers (cottonwoods). It's been done with Sevylor Trail Boats before, so Alpackas will eat ...
by RomanDial
Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Fox River flats?
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: Fox River flats?

Very Muddy, soft squishy style. You'll love it.
by RomanDial
Sat May 30, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: Northeast
Topic: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Replies: 6
Views: 8158

Re: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Dueling Banjos

by RomanDial
Mon May 25, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: Northeast
Topic: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Replies: 6
Views: 8158

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Astride and near the NC/TN border, is a big chunk of well-trailed Appalachia, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), Linville Gorge Wilderness, and Joyce Killmer Wilderness. Could there be some wilderness-type paddling? Something besides all the wonderful Asheville-based drive-in cre...
by RomanDial
Wed May 20, 2009 4:19 am
Forum: Asia
Topic: Borneo: Sarawak: Gunung Mulu National Park
Replies: 2
Views: 2917

Re: Borneo: Sarawak: Gunung Mulu National Park

The blog dried up after NZ... but here's some video:



I'll look for the book, too. Thanks.
by RomanDial
Tue May 19, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: running small dams
Replies: 11
Views: 3725

Re: running small dams

Awesome answer Mr. Turk.
by RomanDial
Tue May 19, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 26459

Re: DIY raft

About 15 years ago I made a half dozen packrafts. The first one lasted from 1993 to 1999 on many Alaskan hellbike trips and Wilderness Classic adventure races as well as this run in Patagonia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nLdtfqH8S4). The others actually sold to other folks desperate for boats. N...
by RomanDial
Tue May 19, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Africa
Topic: South Africa?
Replies: 7
Views: 6956

Re: South Africa?

Peggy and I spent a month in South Africa: two weeks in Kruger, ten days in the Drakesnberg, and the rest driving or in Swaziland. Kruger would be cool but (1) hippos are the most dangerous mammals in Africa and super abundant in the rather nasty little rivers in Kruger (2) Crocs are the most danger...
by RomanDial
Thu May 14, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Kimberly
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: The Kimberly

Hi Richard,

yes it's a stock 4 piece 215 cm paddle from Werner, a touring paddle called the Shuna:

http://www.wernerpaddles.com/paddles/to ... ium/shuna/
by RomanDial
Tue May 12, 2009 7:52 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Seeking trip ideas for this summer
Replies: 1
Views: 3975

Re: Seeking trip ideas for this summer

Andy and I are in email contact, but I'd like to float a couple ideas out there for all to consider. First, consider the idea of Alaskan versions of the AT, PCT, and CDT. These would not be hiking/backpacking trails, but multisport routes, all requiring packrafts for full fun. I have four in mind: (...
by RomanDial
Tue May 12, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Kakadu
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

Kakadu

A good kakadu trip would be in Jan or Feb, before the spear grass gets too tall (3-4 m): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovCt6XOlwXU I'd like to go back to hike up Koolpin Gorge, over to Twin Falls Creek, float that to Twin Falls, hike over divide back to mid-fork of Koolpin, float back to start, por...
by RomanDial
Tue May 12, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Kimberly
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: The Kimberly

Eastern Kimberly trip: Down the Ord River and hiking into the Bungle Bungles in march.

Very Hot: 45 C.

by RomanDial
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 6548

a vote for: Traveller

"Traveller" is descriptive and the kind of name that might stand the test of time. Maybe not as cute as Ford Explorer or Alpaca, but functional, like the boat really is.
by RomanDial
Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15338

Iban fire starter

The Iban are one of the river cultures in Borneo. They live in longhouses above the flood line and pole, paddle, push or motor their longboats on everything from big, Yukon-sized flows to little creeks. I asked a long-haired, tiger-tattooed, sarong-wearing, smiling young man for some fire starting a...
by RomanDial
Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Kimberly
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: The Kimberly

Here's the Willis' Walkabouts Home page with stuff about Kakadu, Kimberley and Red Center: http://www.bushwalkingholidays.com.au/index.htm?page=html/finke08gal.htm and here's what he has to say about the Wet up there: http://www.bushwalkingholidays.com.au/index.htm?page=html/finke08gal.htm We are go...
by RomanDial
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125415

Re: Youtube Videos!

Nah, quick releases are for flatwater paddlers :lol:.

What I need to do is keep the ole' Kangaroo pocket on the anorak empty so it doesn't get in my way!