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by RomanDial
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21340

Re: Packs for Packrafting

My interest in mesh has to do with draining and drying time and weight when wet. And as Alaskan I am proud to be a packrafter -- no need to sneak around pretending to be a simple hiker-piker -- although I'd like a stealth pack too -- something really dorky like a frame pack that comes apart and turn...
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: In Search of A Dry Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 7826

Re: In Search of A Dry Boat

Well, I like the airdam and think that maybe what it needs to make it more adjustable, is an airbag style liner with a tube that you blow into -- it inflates around your waist a bit like a blood pressure cuff -- clearly not so hard, but it's maybe designed with folds/pleats that expand with pressure...
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: ?Packraft attachments
Replies: 7
Views: 4176

Re: ?Packraft attachments

Ahmen to the don't-tie-paddle to boat in white water.
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 21340

Re: Packs for Packrafting

I love Forrest's reply, even if I don't agree, fully! However, I'd like a mesh pack, too, because like Forrest, I like the idea of getting everything in, I just don't want fabric. I want mesh. Light mesh that's super-tough. Kevlar mesh or Spectra mesh or Spiderman silk mesh. You see, I want to shove...
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: In Search of A Dry Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 7826

Re: In Search of A Dry Boat

After 20 years in an open boat the first spray-skirted boats were soooo nice -- except that they came off like a death shroud when flipped. The glued-on deck, as I understand it, on my red Yak was perhaps the second glued-on deck -- a prototype. But it's stil the best boat I have ever paddled. I suc...
by RomanDial
Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: ADN Article: Rafting to the Aleutians
Replies: 1
Views: 2432

Icy Bay/Hig and Erin

Hig and Erin are having an interesting time with ice and storms at Icy Bay on the Gulf Coast right now.....

....worth reading http://www.groundtruthtrekking.org/blog/ -- they've been paddling packrafts for five months now....
by RomanDial
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125499

MediaFeliz Videos

This latest looks good: less hucking carnage, more packrafting style.
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: Africa
Topic: South Africa?
Replies: 7
Views: 6961

South Africa?

Must be something there....besides AIDES, war, drought, and extinctions.
by RomanDial
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia?
Replies: 7
Views: 6206

Patagonia?

Anybody out there been to Patagonia? Anybody know where fun Class III or low volume IV rapids are? I visted Bariloche, Argentina area and there were several fun rivers between lakes set in the mountains with trails, huts, granite and cool trees below treeline. There were volcanoes and condors, too, ...
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile
Replies: 15
Views: 7775

11/10 and Six

We left town in falling snow that fell thicker as we drove south. Turnagain Pass had a line of cars parked and skiers skinning out and up. It seemed silly to be headed out to packraft and I was surprised that a certain boater had been coaxed out into this madness. Personally I could think of nothing...
by RomanDial
Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

Re: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon

it's.....too.....late.....--kids.....gone....wife...outa....town.

Must.....bubble....boat.
by RomanDial
Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

Re: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon

The wood clearing on Ship has been and will continue to be a group effort, inspired by Brad and Dick Griffith who each adopted packrafting runs and kepttem clean. Dick for almost 20 years has kept "Griffith's Gold" clean -- that's what i call the hike over to Eagle River via Crow Pass and the run do...
by RomanDial
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

Rapid Names

I didn't run Ship today, although I had planned to. With a friend undergoing surgery, I thought it best to stay closer to home. But I still think about that Ship Canyon a lot! Please indulge me while I reminise -- I ran it in 10 minutes on Monday, but heard someone else ran it in 8 minutes! I was to...
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:42 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Boat Size: Smaller isn't always better
Replies: 4
Views: 3324

Boat Size: Smaller isn't always better

The old Sherpa Packrafts were long -- the same length as the Alpacka Llama -- but for most of my boating I like the Yak. In fact so sweet was the Yak that I thought even smaller might be even better. So I got my wife an Alpacka Alpacka, their smallest boat, and I promptly jumped in it to see how it ...
by RomanDial
Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

3 times for November 3

Brad M and I ran Ship Friday after work. It was a gas! So much fun that Brad rounded up three more packrafters, including Ship veterans Nora and Tony, and newcomer JT. We met at 11 AM at the golf course. It was in the 20's, with powder fresh snow and clear skies. I'd left my house suited up in my dr...
by RomanDial
Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

Re: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon

Ran Ship Creek Canyon today after work --super sweet water level. If it doesn't get super cold, it might stay super sweet. It's running at 120 cfs which is 4.67 feet. This is like half the volume seen at 5.0 feet (210 cfs), so it's not pushy and the Tunnel Vision Log has been removed and with it som...
by RomanDial
Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Asia
Topic: travelling with my alpacka dory in thailand
Replies: 3
Views: 3847

Re: travelling with my alpacka dory in thailand

Wills' post is a great one -- it shows that the packraft brings joy not just to wilderness travel but to travel in general: traveling is best when the traveller is not jaded (take a packraft on your next trip to add novelty!) and the locals are interested in you (they've not yet seen a packraft). Tr...
by RomanDial
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 7304

Re: Helmets

Forrest makes an excellent point -- bike hemets, while light do not seem to offer enough protection as we found with a swimmer pulled under a log recently. Head was painfully bumped below the bike helmet on the back of the head.

Ski helmet sounds good.
by RomanDial
Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

Re: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon

CST:

It was easy to get them to go after taking them to Borneo, from Nabesna to McCarthy, and down Echo Bend -- Indeed, they aspire to run Ship Ck and so thought getting the wood out a good thing. Besides it's active learning....
by RomanDial
Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Whitewater Rescue Training
Replies: 11
Views: 5030

Re: Whitewater Rescue Training

Scott Solle is the instructor with whom I have been in contact. He has personal experience with the 1990s packraft era, and taught a 3 day whitewater rescue course during my monthlong packrafting curse at Alaska Pacific University. Here's a recent response about theis whitewater rescue course; Roman...
by RomanDial
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Whitewater Rescue Training
Replies: 11
Views: 5030

Whitewater Rescue Training

For those of you in Alaska -- we are working on putting together a three day whitewater rescue certification course that focuses on packrafting. I have done two of these sort of courses now and wish that everyone I packraft with had done one, too. They are great confidence and skill set builders. Yo...
by RomanDial
Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 10231

Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon

Ship Creek is my favorite. The upper section (see Brad M.'s post below) is great for beginners at low water (i.e. May & Sept) and for intermediates at high water (June & July). The section downstream of the Arctic to Indian Trail is pretty darn radical. I think in a packraft it is harder than 6 Mile...
by RomanDial
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Asia
Topic: Packrafting in Bali
Replies: 4
Views: 3979

Re: Packrafting in Bali

Ubud to the sea in Bali -- now that sounds like a classic internation PR trip, particularly if it has some snorkeling off the raft over the coral reefs.
by RomanDial
Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:10 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile
Replies: 15
Views: 7775

Re: Six Mile

BTW The reason we were able to run this Class IV classic is because we packrafters are moving into a phase where we can help each other and help ourselves using techniques discussed elsewhere on this board (http://www.alpackaraft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=67). In particular, we did wet entries ...
by RomanDial
Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile
Replies: 15
Views: 7775

Six Mile

On Sunday Oct 7, six of us ran Six Mile at 8.71 feet (450 cfs), the first and second canyons. Then four of us also ran the third canyon. It was chilly -- in the 30's and 40's but no ice. This run was likely the first all-packraft descent (no safety kayaks or other boats) -- We ran every rapid. The F...
by RomanDial
Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft-Specific Training
Replies: 4
Views: 2832

Re: Packraft-Specific Training

Shaggy has some good ideas. I have been teaching a packrafting class every other year or so since 1999, and plan to incorporate some of his ideas -- however, we also work on getting run-away empty boats, flipping loaded boats, and rescuing swimmers all in moving glacial melt-off whitewater here in A...
by RomanDial
Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 22134

Echo Bend, Eagle River

"Meiklejohn's Magic" Echo Bend on Eagle River should be renamed "Epic Bend" for the number of near-drownings, lost boats, and other carnage that packrafters have suffered during its normal summer flows -- stay off Echo Bend during June, July and August!!!! However, in late Fall, like right now, when...
by RomanDial
Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: some first descents in Alpackas
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

some first descents in Alpackas

Forrest McCarthy, Derek Collins and I did "Cant Talk" a neat, modern packrafting route through the Northern Talkeetnas during a week in June. Forrest may have posted some trip comments and Snapfish photos but I thought I'd lend my perspective as well. In addition, I did the Farragut River in SE AK, ...