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by RomanDial
Sun May 15, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Re: Youtube Videos!

Decided to buy a new camera and try HD:

Montana Creek: May 14, 2011



Little Susitna: June 8, 2011



East Fork Iron Creek: July 9, 2011

by RomanDial
Sun May 15, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: First rivers ready?
Replies: 6
Views: 2628

Re: First rivers ready?

Montana Creek is open at a gauge reading 450 cfs yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX6UbQpRE2E

There's a little ice, but was super fun, if a long drive from Anchorage.
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Six Mile, 2011
Replies: 0
Views: 1055

Six Mile, 2011

Lots of ice bridges in third canyon.

Not quite ready for general consumption yet.

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2011/04 ... t-and.html
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 41264

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

The new boat is the best Alpacka thing since spray decks.

http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2011/04 ... t-and.html
by RomanDial
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Re: Youtube Videos!

That video on the 30 days in the GC is so good, I think I am going to quit making videos.

Fall 2011? Does that mean Banff?
by RomanDial
Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft portaging
Replies: 0
Views: 1992

Packraft portaging

On the Franklin River recently we had some interesting portages. The easiest way was to strap the pack on the bow in such a way so that we could pick the boat up and walk with it inflated on our backpacks. This video shows how to attach the pack to the boat in a simple, convenient and secure way usi...
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Re: Youtube Videos!

The Vimeo version of the Franklin has the soundtrack

http://vimeo.com/19228804
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 5864

Re: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia

The Vimeo version

http://vimeo.com/19228804

has the soundtrack
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 41264

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

Can't wait to get one of these new boats. May go back to using a Yak....although the Llama is a big stable boat for big water.
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 5864

Re: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia

Bill Hatcher has some good photos and information on his blog here
http://billhatcher.typepad.com/bill_hat ... .html#more

and on his website here

http://www.billhatcher.com/#a=0&at=0&mi ... 00&s=0&p=5
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Re: Youtube Videos!

Great Grand Canyon and NZ vids Ganey and Forrest --- the GC one made my heart race and palms sweat....

Here's a Franklin River (Tasmania) video



and another little river there, the Anne

by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 5864

Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia

Bill Hatcher, son Cody Rome and I just finished 5 days on the Franklin. This is a wild, temperate, multiday adventure, certainly one of the best, if not the best, mix of whitewater and pristine wilderness in the southern hemisphere. We took the TassieLink bus to Donaghy's Lookout Trail from Hobart. ...
by RomanDial
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:09 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania, Southwest NP, Anne River
Replies: 2
Views: 2148

Re: Tasmania, Southwest NP, Anne River

Yep it was really low, but doable. Three more inches would've been nice. SIx inches, pushy, and twelve inches scary, I think.
by RomanDial
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania, Southwest NP, Anne River
Replies: 2
Views: 2148

Tasmania, Southwest NP, Anne River

Bill Hatcher, son Cody Roman and I got two recommendations to run the Anne, a steep (400 feet/mile) creek run starting near Lake Pedder and running into the Huon. Beta was scarce and fortunately so was water. The Tahune Gauge read 0.75 m the day we descended the Upper Anne and a little more but not ...
by RomanDial
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania Water levels this January
Replies: 7
Views: 2460

Re: Tasmania Water levels this January

Well we are here and the water levels seem pretty high, so that's good. We are just sort of limbering up now: Picton, Styx, stuff like that. We have plans to do Franklin (of course) and others but wondering if anyone on the Tazzie end of things knows about the New River on the south coast? Is it wor...
by RomanDial
Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Dennison and Jane
Replies: 3
Views: 1495

Dennison and Jane

Wondering about the Jane and the Dennison: how long is each? And how difficult?
by RomanDial
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania Water levels this January
Replies: 7
Views: 2460

Re: Tasmania Water levels this January

Yes, recall watching the Franklin come up a meter in a night. Like the looks of that "six rivers trip"....good to know that there's water down there. A few years ago it seems like it'd be a drought leading into the summer.
by RomanDial
Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania Water levels this January
Replies: 7
Views: 2460

Re: Tasmania Water levels this January

Thanks Steve,

Would like to go to Tazzie, but doubt I'll make it this year....maybe, though.
by RomanDial
Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tasmania Water levels this January
Replies: 7
Views: 2460

Tasmania Water levels this January

Hello all Down Under.

How is the summer season looking water-wise this year?

Is it too early to say? Franklin and Jane?
by RomanDial
Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Luc's Boof

Upper Willow, October 10, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLOJpeygPHs Luc Mehl is now battle rolling regularly in his thigh straps. Still, he wants to get a kayak in part to improve his paddling skills. He's also hucking big drops with beautiful boofs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbnEfpsnj7I ...
by RomanDial
Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 9552

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

Others can check, but I'm thinking that's "Yukla" in the Chugach Mountains above Eagle River. That 8000+ foot peak dominates the put-in for Echo Bend of Eagle River and "Polar Bear Peak" dominates the end of Echo Bend's main rapids. In the fall this is likely the most scenic stretch of packrafting i...
by RomanDial
Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Re: Youtube Videos!

by RomanDial
Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 9552

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

One thing to think about when using thigh straps in a single chambered packraft: if your boat is cut and deflates quickly, then you may well find yourself wrapped in your deflated boat, particularly if you have lots of velcro to keep the deck closed and the boat dry. The Alpacka designers might thin...
by RomanDial
Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Re: Youtube Videos!

"Ironically as they paddle more and more whitewater, their reward circuitry (for dopamine) dulls, which makes the easier runs less satisfying and drives them to still harder runs and bigger drops to compensate."

Finding dopamine satisfaction:

by RomanDial
Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 22117

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Paddling Regression is so right about Echo Bend right now. It's like a hot-dog butt-boater says, "stupid fun" right now and super beautiful with Yukla at the put in and Polar Bear looking good over the final drops and the fall colors all in Alpacka yellow along the banks. This is a possible after wo...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Talkeetna Traverse: Chulitna-Tsusena-Susitna-Clear
Replies: 0
Views: 1868

Talkeetna Traverse: Chulitna-Tsusena-Susitna-Clear

Forrest McCarthy named this the "Cant Talk" route as it links the Cantwell area to Talkeetna and passes through the North Talkeetnas where some FDs still lurk. We did this in June 2007, at essentially high-ish water. I am reposting it here as it's hard to find in the forums but has some beta others ...
by RomanDial
Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 8092

Re: Bird Creek

Bird Creek's Lower Canyon (the Inner Sanctum, between Mushroom and Bird Falls) is clean right now (Sunday Sept 5) but pushier than than during last fall's flipping Bird extravaganza -- Ship's reading 4.8 on the USGS site. Bird's closer than Montana Ck maybe not quite as exciting but still well worth...
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packrafting in Finland
Replies: 2
Views: 1811

Re: Packrafting in Finland

Alastair, the Icelandic images are great -- that place looks incredible. Have you posted a map?
by RomanDial
Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna
Replies: 17
Views: 9009

Re: Montana Creek, South Fork, near Talkeetna

Gordy Vernon and I ran the lower canyon with the NOAA and USGS gauges reading around 450-465 cfs or 5.4-5.5 feet yesterday. This is about 100 cfs higher than when I did it last year. The center line on "Big Sky Country" the tallest waterfall at the entrance of the lower canyon looked pretty bad, a r...
by RomanDial
Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Skurka's trip

Wrangells and Brooks Range:

by RomanDial
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Alaska 2009



Maybe get something like this out for 2010....fingers crossed.
by RomanDial
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 125458

Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Why not....
by RomanDial
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Northern
Topic: "Triple A" -- Grand Traverse of Gates of the Arctic
Replies: 1
Views: 5190

"Triple A" -- Grand Traverse of Gates of the Arctic

"Triple A"-- a route that visits most of the scenic highlights of the Central Brooks Range as it crosses the six million acre Gates of the Arctic National Park. The route is best done in August, when bugs are sparse, days are long, and colors intensifying. Anaktuvuk, Arrigetch, Ambler are three touc...
by RomanDial
Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Inflation Bag
Replies: 11
Views: 5786

Re: Alpacka Inflation Bag

Packing the inflation bag when you have no pack and worry about poky things around the boat prompted me to cut the sticks free from my inflation bag and store them in the paddle. By cutting them free I mean I just made a little hole and slid them out, then burned the nylon with a lighter to keep it ...
by RomanDial
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Preparing a boat to carry -- fold or roll?
Replies: 5
Views: 5381

Raft folding video

A bit late but not never....

by RomanDial
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 9552

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

When it comes to theory vs empiricism, it's really best to go with the facts.

If you put thigh straps in your packraft, and actually use them there, you won't go back to a strapless boat.
by RomanDial
Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of same
Replies: 13
Views: 16054

Re: Upper East Fork Chulitna River or Upper West Fork of sam

You can get to that good water faster and without the scree bash by hiking in from near Fourth of July Creek and taking the ATV/horse trail upstream as far as you want.
by RomanDial
Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Inflation Bag
Replies: 11
Views: 5786

Re: Alpacka Inflation Bag

I have removed my sticks by cutting a small hole in the sleeve and then I store the sticks in my break down paddle and stuff the blow up bag minus the sticks elsewhere. This is worth doing if you are having trouble finding a place to put the blow up bag -- like running Class IV creeks without any ge...
by RomanDial
Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Open Water Basics (Saltwater)
Replies: 3
Views: 4456

Re: Open Water Basics (Saltwater)

This is super. Thanks for posting it. It'll be interesting to see packrafters rediscover sea-kayak skills as we have whitewater ones.
by RomanDial
Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Little Susitna
Replies: 10
Views: 5937

Little Susitna

Little Su is super fun right now, so fun I ran it three times in the last week. The best place to put in when it's this low (3.3 feet) is at 11 Mile Fishhook Road. Leave a bike at the Fishhook Bridge (about 8.5 mile), then drive up and park at the Government Peak Picnic Area. Walk up the road 50 yar...
by RomanDial
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 9552

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

Inflatable Kayakers have been using thigh straps longer than Alpacka has been in business. Here's a discussion on their safety from Mountain Buzz: http://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f11/are-thigh-straps-in-iks-dangerous-29312-2.html#post192406 Worth a read if you have any doubts about their safety r...
by RomanDial
Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chitistone and Goat Trail: Skolai to McCarthy
Replies: 0
Views: 1155

Chitistone and Goat Trail: Skolai to McCarthy

Been getting a bunch of questions about this classic so posted http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2010/07 ... arthy.html
by RomanDial
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains
Replies: 3
Views: 2473

Disappointment Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Brad Meiklejohn, Paul Schauer and I flew in from Talkeetna to an unnamed lake about 7 miles from boatable water on June 19. It took us three hours to walk to the put-in and another 4 hours to get to the Fairview in Talkeetna. In between the 11 miles of Disappointment took 8 hours of our full attenti...
by RomanDial
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where It All Began...
Replies: 15
Views: 6273

Re: Where It All Began...

That's an awesome post on Wikipedia -- also it made the featured page there. It needs an edit, however, to make a reference to the modern packraft.
by RomanDial
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2010 Go-Lite Pinnacle Size Large (red)
Replies: 1
Views: 1038

Re: 2010 Go-Lite Pinnacle Size Large (red)

this pack is sold
by RomanDial
Sun May 30, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova
Replies: 6
Views: 5292

Re: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova

The boating part, from McCarthy down. Check out all the snow from the Bremner down to the Flag Point Bridge and the "packraft scooch" on Miles Lake's late ice.

by RomanDial
Sun May 30, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 11122

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

Some Alaskan-style vid of the Witch

by RomanDial
Sat May 29, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2010 Go-Lite Pinnacle Size Large (red)
Replies: 1
Views: 1038

2010 Go-Lite Pinnacle Size Large (red)

This is a great pack (72 L), just too big for me (I need a medium). It's perfect for packrafting, has hip pockets and a dyneema sack and is an improvement over previous models. Weighs 2 lb 1 oz. Used for one 3 day hike plus a week of floating. $100 plus shipping although I'd prefer to sell in ANC/Va...
by RomanDial
Sat May 29, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova
Replies: 6
Views: 5292

Re: "Copper and Gold" -- White River to Cordova

Video of White River to McCarthy:

by RomanDial
Fri May 28, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Kokatat Dry Suits -- Goretex
Replies: 4
Views: 1653

Re: Kokatat Dry Suits -- Goretex

The men's has sold, but the women's is till up. It's really nice, practically brand new. I swear I think it's been used only one aftrenoon on Eagle River by our daughter.