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by MikeC
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: The most forgiving whitewater boat? Nirvana vs Gnarwhal
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: The most forgiving whitewater boat? Nirvana vs Gnarwhal

Why is the gnarwhal so much better Mike? Because Mike is an Ambassador for Alpacka haha. For a very new paddler, the Gnarwal will be a little more forgiving (especially in the regular fabric, because it's less rigid.) But as a hardshell boater, I think you'll find the self-bailer Nirvana edges bett...
by MikeC
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Upper Merced in Yosemite.

by MikeC
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: California
Topic: Upper Merced in Yosemite.
Replies: 0
Views: 627

Upper Merced in Yosemite.

by MikeC
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: Alpackalypse for sale.

Sold.
by MikeC
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: The most forgiving whitewater boat? Nirvana vs Gnarwhal
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: The most forgiving whitewater boat? Nirvana vs Gnarwhal

They aren't even close.

Gnarwhal is in a league of its own.
by MikeC
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: carring a fully loaded t-zip boat
Replies: 1
Views: 645

Re: carring a fully loaded t-zip boat

I glue 2 alpacka grab loops to the inside of my cockpit, at the bow, right about where my toes touch when I'm sitting in the boat. These patches are glued about a fist-width apart. Then I connect them with a loop of ~5mm p-cord. This creates a handle that I can grab while shouldering the boat, w whi...
by MikeC
Wed May 29, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Chasing the desert spring.

by MikeC
Tue May 21, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: Alpackalypse for sale.

Price dropped.
by MikeC
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Alpackalypse for sale.

Pics, specs, pricing, and contact info here:

https://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com/2019 ... -sale.html

If the ad is still here the boat is still available.

Thanks.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Forager or alternatives
Replies: 2
Views: 928

Re: Forager or alternatives

I've paddled a Forager and Gnu a fair bit.

I've seen the PR49 in action. It is a barge -- capable of hauling lots of weight, but not really good in whitewater.

I think the Forager is hard to beat. Big, comfy, light, and nimble (for a 2 person boat) in whitewater.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Fire Pan for Canyonlands, etc
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Fire Pan for Canyonlands, etc

I have one of the Suspicious Devices versions and if we have a group of ~4 or more that's what we take.

If I'm solo I take a foil turkey basting pan from the local grocery.
by MikeC
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

16/17 POV

I often use a POV camera when paddling.  When I do post-trip write-ups I like to sprinkle some POV in there to give an idea of what the creek/river was like.  It's also nice to be able to visually refer back to a certain line or level when sharing beta with others, or for others to use when 'youtube...
by MikeC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Iron Creek - Rainbow Lake to Talkeetna
Replies: 1
Views: 1203

Re: Iron Creek - Rainbow Lake to Talkeetna

This and Sheep next time, with a Honolulu capper.
by MikeC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Moose Creek - Yentna - Nenana - 3 Rivers Gem
Replies: 1
Views: 1076

Re: Moose Creek - Yentna - Nenana - 3 Rivers Gem

Sounds like a great find, Brad. Thanks for sharing.
by MikeC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mid-Summer sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 1075

Mid-Summer sale.

Cleaning out the attic, the garage, and the corners of the shop. Way overdue.

I just posted a pile of ads at my sale page. Please check 'em out here.

Thanks.
by MikeC
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Savor it, will ya?

I get that not everyone is broasting already this summer. Maybe not even a lotta people. Ganey pinged me from Anchorage yesterday to tell me that Hatcher Pass was at 800% of average snowpack. https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kc7ZaQmowjg/WxoO6I4blZI/AAAAAAAA8kQ/gmnO7hN0oZsTTe3jdPmIGoUbNTZMHbX_gCKgBGAs/s160...
by MikeC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Arkansas River??? Brown's Canyon-Royal Gorge?
Replies: 13
Views: 8331

Re: Arkansas River??? Brown's Canyon-Royal Gorge?

Browns is a great intro to Colorado class III. We've run it as low as 500cfs and as high as 3000. It is a fast-moving riot of waves, holes, and wave trains at 3k. Maybe pushing IV- at that level. Swims could get long. I've run Numbers from 300 to 1200. I feel it is easy class III- to III creeking at...
by MikeC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Slaughterhouse.
Replies: 0
Views: 1058

Slaughterhouse.

by MikeC
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Bikerafting Alaska's Lava Coast.

by MikeC
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.

I also shared an opinion on the headspace required for a traverse of this nature, along with a handful of out-takes, here: http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2011/09/lava-coast-adversity-entertainment-and.html Gear geekin' extravaganza here: http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2012/04/lost-and-found-random-g...
by MikeC
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Southwest
Topic: Bikerafting the Lava Coast.
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Bikerafting the Lava Coast.

Way back in the summer of 2011 I completed a traverse of a chunk of the Alaska Peninsula with Dave Gray, Pete Basinger, and Brian Blair. I shared a detailed writeup and lots of pics in several chapters after returning: One. Two and three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten, eleven, twelve. Thi...
by MikeC
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Yak for sale, WW deck, Cargo Fly (SOLD!)
Replies: 4
Views: 1622

Re: Alpacka Yak for sale, WW deck, Cargo Fly

any holes from cat's claws?
by MikeC
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Grand Canyon of the Elwha.



Pics, words, and details on this trip shared here: https://mikesee.exposure.co/grand-canyon-of-the-elwha
by MikeC
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Northwest
Topic: Grand Canyon of the Elwha.
Replies: 1
Views: 1313

Grand Canyon of the Elwha.

Early in September I joined two friends for a late-season trip into Olympic National Park. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0BDBzd7PQkE/Wf1VOAtu8XI/AAAAAAAA39I/xTaDZDQUqJ8QmrxK1XdLGSuzxBtOuh3dACKgBGAs/s1600/8A3A8088.jpg It was my first trip to the peninsula, and, as you'd expect, only made me want to dive...
by MikeC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts
Replies: 10
Views: 4353

Re: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts

Is rolling a practical, valuable skill for packrafters? In other words are there many people out there who can combat roll a packraft when they capsize in a rapid? It seems like even really good, capable boaters are swimming/ wet-exiting when they capsize, not rolling how a hard shell boater would....
by MikeC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka CArgo Net/ rear zipper
Replies: 3
Views: 1689

Re: Alpacka CArgo Net/ rear zipper

I had the very first cargo fly prototype back in (I think) 2012.

I've logged 200+ days/nights of use with them since then. They completely changed the game of multi-day packrafting.

Keep it clean, keep it lubed, and treat it with respect and you'll get many years of use out of it.
by MikeC
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts
Replies: 10
Views: 4353

Re: Ease of Rolling Alpacka Rafts

I agree that the 'lypse rolls easiest.

rolling a packraft requires a modification to standard kayak roll technique. kind of a blend of a sweep and a c to c.
by MikeC
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Using packraft inflation bag to blow up sleeping pad?
Replies: 2
Views: 1453

Re: Using packraft inflation bag to blow up sleeping pad?

Depends on which pad/valve. I wrapped a Big Agnes valve with a few laps of electrical tape to solve this years ago. Worked OK. Faster to blow it up by mouth, but easier to do it with the bag.

One advantage to using the bag is that you aren't blowing moisture into your pad with every breath.
by MikeC
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Rockwood Box.
Replies: 0
Views: 1133

Rockwood Box.

Not for everyone, and lots of logistics to figure out, but worth it for some.

http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07/ ... d-box.html
by MikeC
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Rockwood Box.

Not for everyone, and lots of logistics to figure out, but worth it for some.

http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07/ ... d-box.html
by MikeC
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Ruby/Anthracite/Dark Canyon TR.
Replies: 7
Views: 4895

2017 version.

Dark Canyon came and went unceremoniously last week. I couldn't find any packrafters to join me, but was graciously adopted by a hard-boat bunch. Here's the trip report, complete with stills and video: https://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07/open-mind-summit.html Check it when you get a minute or th...
by MikeC
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Open mind summit.

A trip report on Dark Canyon, complete with stills and video, from last week:


https://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/07 ... ummit.html


Check it when you get a minute or three.
by MikeC
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Idaho
Topic: MMM.
Replies: 0
Views: 1222

MMM.

Marsh Creek, Middle Fork, Main.

We put on at 6.8' and falling.

Trip report with pics, words, and video here:

Big Wheel Building: MMM.
by MikeC
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

MMM.

Marsh Creek, Middle Fork, Main.

We put on at 6.8' and falling.

Trip report with pics, words, and video here:

Big Wheel Building: MMM.
by MikeC
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Urban paddling.
Replies: 0
Views: 1026

Urban paddling.

A few words and some POV from a fun day out, here:

Big Wheel Building: Urban paddling.
by MikeC
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Urban paddling.

A few words and some POV from a fun day out, here:

Big Wheel Building: Urban paddling.
by MikeC
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Colorado
Topic: Exploratory: Middle Vallecito Creek
Replies: 0
Views: 977

Exploratory: Middle Vallecito Creek

TR, beta, pics, and video all at the link below.

Exploratory: Middle Vallecito Creek.
by MikeC
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Alpacka cargo fly for ballast
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

Re: Alpacka cargo fly for ballast

For big water roadside runs I do exactly this -- add ballast. A sleeping bag or puffy jacket(s) in each twinkie, and maybe a liter or two of water in a dromedary wrapped up inside works well. For lower volume stuff I'll limit it to a liter or two of water in my bow bag, depending on the run. Easy en...
by MikeC
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mellow paddling around Moab?
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Re: Mellow paddling around Moab?

Moab Daily -- many sections of the Colorado that run along the hwy ENE of town. Class III at most, although mostly I and II.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Idaho
Topic: West Fork Bruneau
Replies: 0
Views: 1137

West Fork Bruneau

by MikeC
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 997

Re: Alpackalypse for sale.

This boat has sold.
by MikeC
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 128456

Re: Youtube Videos!

A few weeks ago I attended the annual Grand Canyon self-support with 8 other likeminded folks. It'll be weeks until I have a chance to sit down and process photos, and probably longer until I've fully processed the whole trip. But I wanted to share a teeny, tiny slice of awesome before winter bleeds...
by MikeC
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Arizona & New Mexico
Topic: Grand Quickie.
Replies: 1
Views: 1301

Grand Quickie.

A few weeks ago I attended the annual Grand Canyon self-support with 8 other likeminded folks. It'll be weeks until I have a chance to sit down and process photos, and probably longer until I've fully processed the whole trip. But I wanted to share a teeny, tiny slice of awesome before winter bleeds...
by MikeC
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpackalypse for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 997

Alpackalypse for sale.

Full details, pics, specs, and contact info here:

http://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com

Thanks,

MC
by MikeC
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka Alpaca for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 981

Re: Alpacka Alpaca for sale.

Sold.
by MikeC
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka Alpaca for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 981

Alpacka Alpaca for sale.

Full details, pics, specs, and contact info here:


http://bigwheeldeals.blogspot.com/2017/ ... -sale.html


Please use the contact info found at that link, as I don't check in here often.


Thanks.
by MikeC
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mitchell carbon breakdown paddle
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

Re: Mitchell carbon breakdown paddle

Still available, price dropped.
by MikeC
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Alpacka Raft with Whitewater Deck and Cargo Fly.
Replies: 7
Views: 2050

Re: Alpacka Raft with Whitewater Deck and Cargo Fly.

I have a lightly used Alpacka(small, red) that I need to find a new home for. It has seven days of use, total. Thigh straps installed via Luc Mehl method. It's the most recent hull/stern shape with the whitewater Alpacka backband and seat cushion. Includes skirt, inflation bag and the two inflatabl...