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by Big Mitch
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Montana
Topic: deleted
Replies: 1
Views: 1133

Re: Snow Pack 2019 in N. Montana

Check out a Snowtel station in your area of interest.
by Big Mitch
Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BWCA
Replies: 3
Views: 3463

Re: BWCA with packraft

I know that this is a 5-year old thread, but has anyone done anything in the BWCA with a packraft since 2010?

I search this topic every year at this time, and come up with the same result: nothing.
by Big Mitch
Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Suggestions of Class I-II water near Leadville, CO
Replies: 1
Views: 1596

Suggestions of Class I-II water near Leadville, CO

Heading out there the last week of this month to traverse some 14ers. Looking for Class I-II water near Leadville. Don't know anything about the Arkansas River near Buena Vista except that it a rafting destination.

Any suggestions? Thank you.
by Big Mitch
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Grab lines/loops in whitewater?
Replies: 5
Views: 10978

Re: Grab lines/loops in whitewater?

Roman: Would you please post some photos of your set up when you get a chance so I know exactly what to do. Thank you.
by Big Mitch
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Bob Marshall about 9/22/2012, Any Interest?
Replies: 0
Views: 1093

Bob Marshall about 9/22/2012, Any Interest?

I am heading out to the Bob Marshall Wilderness about 9/22/2012 to do a 4-day recon of the "Bob Open" course. My dates and routes are flexible. I am looking for similar minded individual(s) looking to cover 15-25 miles/day in less than ideal conditions. You will know if this gig is right for you.
by Big Mitch
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: Montana
Topic: Bob Marshall Wilderness
Replies: 5
Views: 6832

Re: Bob Marshall Wilderness

Thank you for sharing your great video. I am looking forward to heading out there the second half of September.
by Big Mitch
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sold: FS: 2011 Flytepacker
Replies: 2
Views: 1408

Sold: FS: 2011 Flytepacker

Flytepacker bought last September and used once. I originally bought it for Class 1 flat water. Now, my interests have changed to serious whitewater so I want to upgrade to a new Alpacka Denali Llama plus spray deck. $200 firm including shipping. $299 MRSP. Here are the specifications: http://flywei...
by Big Mitch
Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:09 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Air Bladders or foam in Rain Jacket in place of PFD?
Replies: 1
Views: 2652

Air Bladders or foam in Rain Jacket in place of PFD?

To avoid the weight of a PFD, I see that some packrafters take an inflatable PFD while others fabricate a vest with pockets to hold air bladders. Since you need a rain jacket anyways, has anyone sewn pocket into their rain jacket to hold air bladders (Nalgene Canteen fold-up bottles) or pieces of fo...
by Big Mitch
Mon May 14, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Whitewater Spray Deck
Replies: 5
Views: 4713

Re: Whitewater Spray Deck

Very Creative idea!
by Big Mitch
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: NRS packraft
Replies: 3
Views: 4052

Re: NRS packraft

Yes, mixed reviews. I suggest that you buy a fully tricked out Alpacka right off the bat because you will never grow out of it. Last summer, I needed a pack raft for canyoneering in the Grand Canyon. I looked at Alpacka and told myself that I won't be running whitewater. So I bought a Flytepacker, w...
by Big Mitch
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft as a bathtub?
Replies: 13
Views: 12079

Re: Packraft as a bathtub?

Very creative thinking. Pack raft as hot tub. Who would have thought?

Your idea might be so original that you will have to run the experiments and report back to us.
by Big Mitch
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Grand Canyon- backpackers permit??
Replies: 2
Views: 2076

Re: Packrafting Grand Canyon- backpackers permit??

Oh, if you don't have a copy already, pick up "Grand Canyoneering" by Todd Martin. Although the book is directed toward technical canyoneering, there is much information on pure backpack/packraft trips.
by Big Mitch
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Grand Canyon- backpackers permit??
Replies: 2
Views: 2076

Re: Packrafting Grand Canyon- backpackers permit??

Thinking of doing a trip myself end of October, so I have researched the procedure. Go to the GCNP website, download a backcountry camping permit at: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/permit-request.pdf On this permit, there is a box under canyoneering/packrafting. Check the packraft box....
by Big Mitch
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: reinforcing the bottom of a sevylor
Replies: 11
Views: 10704

Re: reinforcing the bottom of a sevylor

To follow up on my kevlar fabric idea: one can buy kevlar fabric by the yard pretty cheap on the internet and Ebay.

Although you might have to buy a pair of shears to cut it, the stuff is light weight and bullet proof. What more could one ask?
by Big Mitch
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: reinforcing the bottom of a sevylor
Replies: 11
Views: 10704

Re: reinforcing the bottom of a sevylor

I have been thinking of reinforcing the bottom of my Flytepacker too! My best idea would be to glue on kevlar fabric to the bottom of the tubes. For example, I have an Ursack, a bear resistant bag, which is made out of the same kelvar fabric that prison guard uniforms are made from. But, I have not ...
by Big Mitch
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY Spray Deck
Replies: 14
Views: 21442

Re: DIY Spray Deck

Undersound:

Thank you for your photos! I was going to start on my project this month. Like you, I was never going to use the packraft on whitewater.
by Big Mitch
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Paddle for end of Ice Axe?
Replies: 0
Views: 1596

Paddle for end of Ice Axe?

Last month, I saw a presentation of a man who did a big packraft trip across Alaska. He attached a plastic piece of a roll-up kid's sled to the end of his ice ax to make a paddle. Has anyone made a better version of a paddle for an ice axe or a way of attaching a paddle blade to an ice axe? Thank you.
by Big Mitch
Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 6642

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Raven: Thank you for correcting me. Please let us know how your suit works under real life conditions. All the best,
by Big Mitch
Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 6642

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Raven: Thank you for your info. I agree that Steve had a great idea. My Tyvek XL coverall weights just 4 oz. But, I have not tried wearing it while packrafting. There is no easy answer to be dry while working hard. If you don't want water to come through, you will be warm and sweaty doing hard work ...
by Big Mitch
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 6642

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Come to think of it, tyvek jackets with race names used to be handed out in some trail ultramarathons 10-20 years ago. I always gave mine away, but some old-timers swore by them
by Big Mitch
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 6642

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Since they are only a few dollars each, the field test would be easy to run.
by Big Mitch
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek "Dry" suit
Replies: 10
Views: 6642

Re: Tyvek "Dry" suit

Great idea!
by Big Mitch
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?
Replies: 4
Views: 4423

Re: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?

Where did you buy those simple loop patches? Thank you.