Any Beginner's Float Around Palmer

The south side of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetnas, the Chugach mountains, the Kenai Peninsula and the Wrangells
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hatcherdave
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Any Beginner's Float Around Palmer

Post by hatcherdave » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:41 am

My buddy and I are looking for a beginner's trip this morning (a little late posting this) in the Palmer-Wasilla area. I have packrafted a little but he hasn't. We were going to float the Knik R just to get him used to the packraft, but I was hoping there was a little class II somewhere close by that he could get the feel for some non-green water. I'll be checking in until about 9 am.
Thanks.

hatcherdave
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Re: Any Beginner's Float Around Palmer: And beyond

Post by hatcherdave » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:44 am

As a follow up.

I am looking to improve my whitewater packrafting skills. I have the old Yak retrofitted with a spray deck. I have only used it seriously with a backpack on the Marsh Fork of the Canning.

What is a good progression of rivers around Anch/Mat-Su area for ramping up my whitewater skills? I am a little intimidated by the Little Su since I haven't had much ww experience in a packraft.

MarkOathout
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Re: Any Beginner's Float Around Palmer

Post by MarkOathout » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:29 am

Start at Shirely Town on Willow Creek(class II) take out on Michelle Drive, then progress to the redgate run (class II+).
The Little Su is class IV, and is also nearly unrunnable at the current low water levels

hatcherdave
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Re: Any Beginner's Float Around Palmer

Post by hatcherdave » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:06 am

Are Shirely Town and Redgate put-in and take out obvious?

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