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by RomanDial
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:11 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia: Torres del Paine Video
Replies: 0
Views: 2283

Patagonia: Torres del Paine Video

Here's a bunch of the Torres del Paine trip in one video on YouTube. It might offer a sense of what that trip is like.

by RomanDial
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Borneo: Sarawak: Gunung Mulu National Park
Replies: 2
Views: 2992

Borneo: Sarawak: Gunung Mulu National Park

Peggy and I just completed a ten day traverse from Gunung Mulu National Park Headqurters to Limbang, near the Brunei Border. It was a grand, tropical adventure capping our six weeks in Borneo. Gunung Mulu National Park is a World Heritage Site that the Lonely Planet Borneo guide says should be at th...
by RomanDial
Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: The Kimberly
Replies: 12
Views: 3778

Re: The Kimberly

Check Willis Walkabouts online -- really good infor about top end stuff -- not packrafting but other trips. He uses a lilo on his guided trips. He says top end trips are best in the wet.

Peggy and I are headed to Darwin and Eastern Kimberley next....March 1 to be exact.
by RomanDial
Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Patagonian Chile -- Torres del Paine Nat'l Park

Some video from Torres del Paine


by RomanDial
Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Other Videos

For those of you interested in more details about our packrafting trips in Patagonia and NZ we have posted a blog with text, pics, and VIDEO clips at http://packrafting.blogspot.com/
by RomanDial
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Re: Youtube Videos!

Here're the first few days of the Arthur's pass to Erewhon Station. Dr. Andrew asked about how the boat stays flat: first the boat is longer on the inside than a Fjord Explorer (=dory) and so when I put too much weight on the bow it handles weird. So I put weight on the back and strapped about five ...
by RomanDial
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Re: Youtube Videos!

Here's my favorite video from our recent NZ trip. It shows more hiking than boating, but that's cause we did more hiking than boating and with one boat it's hard to get boating video.

by RomanDial
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:47 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 15424

Alcohol

The little packaged swabs of alcohol are best for flesh and raft wounds; my fire starter alcohol is mixed 50-50 with 100% Deet, thereby cutting the Jungle Juice and making it also easy to light fires.

Bug dope on toilet paper works too, although something tells me som a you don't use the stuff.
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, West Coast, Karamea River
Replies: 3
Views: 2676

Re: NZ, West Coast, Karamea River

Andrew, A quick reply after being offline for the last week or so. That's really neat that you ran the Roaring Lion River. I saw it on the map and wondered about it -- my the FISH in the Karamea are huge! Thanks for posting. I think there's alot of potential there....also was in your neighborhood a ...
by RomanDial
Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, West Coast, Karamea River
Replies: 3
Views: 2676

NZ, West Coast, Karamea River

After a couple of easy but traditional-style packrafting trips on the east side of the Southern Alps, I thought I'd head to the fabled West Coast and try my paddle on a multiday trip listed in the Guidebook, "New Zealand Whitewater" by Graham Charles. The Landsborough had been my plan. But the roads...
by RomanDial
Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, Arthur's Pass Nat'l Park -- Andrew's Creek-Poulter River
Replies: 0
Views: 1524

NZ, Arthur's Pass Nat'l Park -- Andrew's Creek-Poulter River

If you want a good introduction to east side rivers, then this is the trip to do. It's easy to get to and from Christchurch hitchhiking or with a shuttle. It's reasonably scenic, and a super fun beginner/intermediate packrafter river and doable in a day and as a loop without a shuttle, but you miss ...
by RomanDial
Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur's Pass to Erewhon Station, Southern Alps, NZ
Replies: 4
Views: 2832

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

yes, we had to stay out of several areas due to didymo. I was surprised how localized it was in some watersheds and how pervasive in others. We never rafted in any waters where it was present, but the Rakaia seemed to have it in every non-glacial tributary.

...I'll be posting some video soon.
by RomanDial
Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia?
Replies: 7
Views: 6304

Torres del Paine Circuit

There're some photos, video, and text posted at our blog:
http://packrafting.blogspot.com/
by RomanDial
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur's Pass to Erewhon Station, Southern Alps, NZ
Replies: 4
Views: 2832

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

Peggy and I just did a 90 mile trip (60 walking, 30 floating) in about five days using the long boat and dry suits. It was a good adventure and much gnarlier than our Torres del Paine circuit last month We hiked up the Waimakariri River in Arthur's Pass National Park, over Jordan Saddle, then rafted...
by RomanDial
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19246

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Thanks for the feedback Andrew. Roman - without wanting to pry, what kind of combnined weight are you carrying with two ? I'd like to consider this with the better half one day for afew simple trips, maybe moving to longer missions over time. I'm thinking it's like 350 pounds or so = me (175) + peg...
by RomanDial
Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19246

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Having done another longish trip with two in one boat, I'd like to see a big butt/bow boat bit with more gentle curves inside the boat and a bit longer inside -- the current Dory/Explorer interior is too pointy for comfortable two person sitting. We have been running Class III in our big boat with b...
by RomanDial
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia?
Replies: 7
Views: 6304

Torres del Paine Circuit

Peggy and I just returned from eight days in Torres del Paine National Park. We did the Paine Circuit in clockwise direction, hiking for two and a half days to Lago Dickson, then rafting down the Rio Paine, paddling across Lago Paine, and more Rio Paine until about a mile above the Paine Falls, for ...
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Northern
Topic: Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak
Replies: 21
Views: 12885

Re: Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak

Hi Ron, No I don't live in Kotz. Seth Kantner does and he is likely tied into the outdoor community there, if one exists. It'd be neat if you could get him into packrafting as he seems to know the country well and has a good sense of humor and great conversation skills. There're NPS backcountry rang...
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: early "packrafts" saving the Franklin
Replies: 1
Views: 1394

early "packrafts" saving the Franklin

Here's a cool video, At around the 3.5 minute mark you'll see some neat double packrafts used to protect the Franklin River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhCGFHkzifQ Something like this (a tad smaller!) made of same fabric would be worth trying out. Our long boat has no buckling problems. It works...
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ Trip report, 10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 3595

Re: NZ Trip report, 10-2008

Here's something neat: http://mulvanyadventures.blogspot.com/2008/09/gumotex-2-expedition.html a couple guys in Fjordlands using Alpackas for lake/fjord boating Also, Andrew, we will be in Melbourne in early January for a brief time, then back likely in February for a longer time. It would be great ...
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ Trip report, 10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 3595

Re: NZ Trip report, 10-2008

Kevin, Thanks for the report. We are heading down to NZ in Dec. The Copland was on my hit list, but like you I could find no info, as I think it may be off limits to heli-boating. So your report was really encouraging. It looks pretty and fun. One thought was to start at Mt Cook area, over Copland P...
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 19246

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

I'd like to see tie-downs on the bow and stern of the Fjord Explorer so that a pack could be strapped on each end and not hang over into the interior space of the boat. That way two people and their packs could fit and each be facing forward, like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEqJ0GuN8Hs The...
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft Surfing
Replies: 16
Views: 9585

Re: Packraft Surfing

This is good
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: PR5 creeks: Mid-Ship, Little Su, Bird, Canyon, Ingram
Replies: 1
Views: 1982

PR5 creeks: Mid-Ship, Little Su, Bird, Canyon, Ingram

In August and September a handful of us ran a bunch of steep creeks within an hour or so of Anchorage. Most are rated Class IV in Timmy Johnson's book and Class V in Embick's book. Embick attempted to apply his own rating system, but of course it never caught on. I posted a You-Tube video ("Packraft...
by RomanDial
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Canyonlands: "Candyland 8"

by RomanDial
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Canyonlands National Park
Replies: 4
Views: 4046

Re: Canyonlands National Park

"......carrying up Red Lake?" Yes, just make sure you do it with someone else: one person carry only wheels, the other person only frames. Then you are not in "posession of a mountain bike". Crossing at Spanish Bottom with bikes in boats is easy and short. Great loop: Moab - Potash - White Rim -- Qu...
by RomanDial
Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Canyonlands National Park
Replies: 4
Views: 4046

Canyonlands National Park

"Candylands Sampler" and "Candyland-8" Forrest McCarthy put together a great week-long trip he calls the "Candyland-8", a trip suitable for those who don't want any whitewater. Three couples in three Dory sized boats made the trip during late October. We started with a great walk down Indian Creek (...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Historical River Flow Data
Replies: 1
Views: 1361

Re: Historical River Flow Data

Thanks Cory, This is super useful. I have been using this page
http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/ahps2/index.p ... 8,2,9,15,6

which doesn't seem to have the historical features of the USGS page.
by RomanDial
Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10270

Ship Creek Strategy for opening

From Timmy Johnson's Alaska Whitewater website: Ship Creek Access Submitted by tim on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 01:00 I RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE FROM MARK REGARDING SHIP CREEK... THIS ALREADY TABOO RUN JUST BECAME MORE TABOO: "While making an attempt to run Ship Creek up Arctic Valley Road on Wednesday this we...
by RomanDial
Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting in New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 2981

Packrafting in New Zealand

Peggy and I are heading to NZ for the month of December. Hopefully we'll have our big boat and a couple decked boats. Any advice of what to do? We're thinking of a long traverse from Arthur Pass Nat'l Park to Mt Cook area (linking big braided rivers with dry mountain passes) and then on over to Land...
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Foot spacers?
Replies: 10
Views: 4076

Re: Foot spacers?

Yesterday we had to put a folded Llama in the foot of another Llama that i was paddling. I like how stable Llamas are on big and technical whitewater, Llamas for me (a Yak-sized person) are like putting even fatter tires on a mountain bike -- much better stability. But my feet don't reach and I end ...
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Ways to keep spray deck from ripping open?
Replies: 6
Views: 2746

Re: Ways to keep spray deck from ripping open?

We cut two boats yesterday on sharp rocks so I ended up paddling a decked boat with the elastic skirt. The model is last year's or the year before, I think, as it opens on the side and has a big back rest. To keep it from ripping open on the creek of big drops and crashing waves I 1) pulled the all ...
by RomanDial
Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Ingram, Ship, Little Su, Canyon, and Bird

This video puts a bunch of the steep creek drops together. It's sort of how I feel when I'm running something new and hard: a bit hectic. As my son says, "It has a sort of tense, sinister, paranoid feel, where the boaters are on edge and the water's a little too tough." http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Little Su with Brad M

We ran Little Su at around 300 cfs. Bony, hectic, and if you stay in your boat, plenty o' fun.

by RomanDial
Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: In Search of A Dry Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 7869

new boat

Well, I think it's time to trade in the ole' red boat for the new 2008 model with the cool inflatable spray screen. Brad has the new version deck and has done a few modifications to keep it shut (snaps!), and we paddled a splashy, boat soaking run today and for the first time I can remember, he had ...
by RomanDial
Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River Packraft in Logjam story?
Replies: 4
Views: 1790

Re: Eagle River Packraft in Logjam story?

What i saw is a greenish canoe, all bent out of shape and folded to look like a poor miserable inflatable, in the river right stick pile just upstream on of the short rock walls that mark the entrance to Campground. It was not yellow and orange.
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Eagle River Packraft in Logjam story?
Replies: 4
Views: 1790

Re: Eagle River Packraft in Logjam story?

It's a canoe. I checked it out today.
by RomanDial
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 127051

Mostly Ship Creek



Shot by Jeff Conaway, Shoutdiggity, and Dial.

Edited by Dial.

Music by Modest Mouse.

Ingram Creek rapids: Cabin :o , Breach Baby, Green Room are the first three drops.

Ship Creek canyon and some of the upper boulder gardens....
by RomanDial
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10270

Ship Creek Video

Three drops from Ingram Creek, some upper Ship boulder gardens, but mostly Ship Creek Canyon (4 & 1/2 minutes of modest mouse boating). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwkRu4CsQFU Sad to see Ship's been closed.....it's so clean and fun and I really hate to be an outlaw. Thanks to Jeff Conaway and Sho...
by RomanDial
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10270

Ship Creek Closed

The US Army informed Shoutdiggity and me yesterday that Ship Creek is closed to boating. "Too dangerous," said the Conservation Officer, "but call the 'ICE' and let them know that you want it open." Anybody else know anything about the closure or what we can do to get it open again? Funny, but that ...
by RomanDial
Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: Montana
Topic: stillwater river
Replies: 7
Views: 3792

An old man's bad and quirky habits

Andy, You have to remember that I am an nearing old man status, that I learned to climb leading with a hip belay tied to twisted goldline with a bowline on a coil (honestly!). This was back in the days when we really didn't want to fall. And then in my ice days, it was wart hogs and old Chouinard sc...
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Montana
Topic: stillwater river
Replies: 7
Views: 3792

Re: stillwater river

Yes, dyeneema/spectra is very static! Jugging it is like climbing cable. However, I was in Borneo looking for the world's tallest tropical trees with some Ozzie friends of mine, when one of them, jugging on a un-properly tested line set, broke the anchor branch and fell what we figured was 15 m. He ...
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:09 am
Forum: Wyoming
Topic: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex
Replies: 8
Views: 7264

Re: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex

Upper Atlantic Ck and drying gear in Moran, waiting for the Shuttle
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:06 am
Forum: Wyoming
Topic: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex
Replies: 8
Views: 7264

Re: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex

Two Ocean Ck above the divide, Atlantic Ck, and pacific Ck
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:04 am
Forum: Wyoming
Topic: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex
Replies: 8
Views: 7264

Re: Yellowstone-Teton-Absaroka Complex

photos
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:49 am
Forum: Northern
Topic: Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak
Replies: 21
Views: 12885

Re: Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak

pictures from Noatak, Utukok and of our two-person boat
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna
Replies: 5
Views: 3457

Re: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna

a few more......
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna
Replies: 5
Views: 3457

Re: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna

more photos
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:37 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna
Replies: 5
Views: 3457

Re: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna

Photos.....
by RomanDial
Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:24 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Switzerland to Talkeetna
Replies: 5
Views: 3457

Little Switzerland to Talkeetna

"Little Swiss Ramparts and Exit" 150 miles = 85 walking + 65 boating 11 days -- August 1-11 As part of an iceworm hunting expedition we flew into the Pika Glacier, then walked around Little Switzerland, the Big Bend in the Kahiltna, and the Ramparts. We found no worms, but great walking and easy mou...