Class IV gear and technique

Keep swimming when you should be rafting? Share or beg for tips and technique .
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lucmehl
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Class IV gear and technique

Post by lucmehl » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:32 pm

Building on Media Feliz's 101 instructional videos, here are some notes and links for class IV gear, technique, and safety.

http://thingstolucat.com/class-iv-packrafting-guide/

-Luc

John N
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Re: Class IV gear and technique

Post by John N » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:37 pm

Luc,

Great tips. I have one more, although it may be sacrilegious to say on this forum.

If you really want to learn to paddle-learn to paddle a hardshell. Better yet, learn to paddle a hardshell first.

I recently bought a hardshell and I can't believe the poor paddling skills/habits the packraft was letting me get away with.

MarkOathout
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Re: Class IV gear and technique

Post by MarkOathout » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:55 am

Great layout in segments, look at Steep Creek Skills, the Liquid Logic video on the Green, it is excellent too.
I would like to re-emphasize a piece on the low brace, he mentioned it kinda quick then moved on, very important. It is really important to roll your paddle after the brace when you move it forward, the bend in the blade will catch water if you don't, and acts like suction on the blade. Slap, brace, roll paddle, move it forward in one motion. I have also found it is not the brace of choice when landing ledges or falls, a high brace is better because your paddle should be posistioned to use a forward stroke to pull out of the backwash, a low brace compromises this because you have to restab the paddle, too late usually, then you get backsurfed. I think the low brace is awesome for steep rocky drops though, where your paddle should be close to the water anyway. Great clips Luc, your a beast

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Re: Class IV gear and technique

Post by gchristopher » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:57 am

That link isn't working for me, but http://thingstolucat.com/class-iv-packrafting/ does.

The packrafting-specific swiftwater rescue class from SSI that Luc mentions in his blog was pretty great. Roman advertised it on these forums. That one was put together as part of Alaska Pacific University's packrafting class. It was especially awesome to get exposure to people with a lot more experience and capability than me.

Thanks Luc!

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Re: Class IV gear and technique

Post by LevineRicky » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:33 am

lucmehl wrote:Building on Media Feliz's 101 instructional videos, here are some notes and links for class IV gear, technique, and safety.

http://thingstolucat.com/class-iv-packrafting-guide/

-Luc
Your link was helpful to me.

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