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by andrewallan
Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 6185

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

At 1700g, it looks perfect for places like Ship Ck...............where you might get shot at. In fact, that's perhaps why they don't want you guys in there.............they heard that someone was looking for titanium helmets, and planning to raid the gear store on their way through in rafts! I'll go...
by andrewallan
Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Need for Separate Forums?
Replies: 6
Views: 2475

Re: Need for Separate Forums?

Jules, Have you ever visited Tas and told someone there that you are from Australia?!! :lol: If there's a sudden surge in Antipodean packrafters, we could perhaps do Australia (inc. Tasmania), and NZ. Speaking of the latter, perhaps the NZ packrafters could introduce themselves. There's some youtube...
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 6185

Re: Rolling an Alpacka wearing a billy

I thought that the titanium bonce cap/billy was, and is a fantastic idea, and have been sorely tempted to try to beat my old Sigg billy into a different shape as an experiment, but managed to get distracted making a new deck for my raft. There was a lovely episode of "Top Gear" (the English motoring...
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Need for Separate Forums?
Replies: 6
Views: 2475

Re: Antipodean Unity?

I'm happy with the Antipodes all lumped as one. There don't seem to be many packrafters down here anyway

If there were a whole group of packrafting Kiwis, then they might like to split off from the other side of the Tasman, but there really don't seem to be many (??any) posts from NZ.

Andrew A
by andrewallan
Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 12817

Wow - glad that verbal intercourse settled! From way down south ..........by the by, can you guys in Alaska hear me?..................my observations are that packrafting is an evolving pursuit, and that any positive addition that anyone may have to our mutual enjoyment of the pursuit is most welcom...
by andrewallan
Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Geehi River You Tube
Replies: 7
Views: 2546

Re: Wives

The possibilities from your wife quite reasonably depend on where you are in life. My gorgeous wife has accepted me being away for 6 weekends per year during most of our child rearing years, albeit one, which was a fair call. Most of my "weekends" away, however, are now "blown" on our NZ trip each J...
by andrewallan
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Geehi River You Tube
Replies: 7
Views: 2546

Re: Geehi River You Tube

Jules, Yes we did wet a line. The purpose of the trip was a combined fly-fishing/rafting trip. Although the river was high, brown, and impossible to wade, I did get 6 nice fat little fish up to about 12" out of the lower section. Beyond this there was a lot of pocket water, and it was very difficult...
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Geehi River You Tube
Replies: 7
Views: 2546

Geehi River You Tube

Just logging this link here for those interested specifically in rafting downunder :P

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AA
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146731

Re: Australian White Water

Some packrafting from last weekend in the upper reaches of the Geehi River, NSW, Australia (yes, we do have white water!) - and only 7hrs drive from Melbourne!!



Enjoy.

Andrew Allan
by andrewallan
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crocodiles?
Replies: 10
Views: 3892

Re: Crocodiles?

You'd better make sure that you look carefully at Sheri's youtube vid about repairing the bear munched boat............presumably crocs do similarly!
by andrewallan
Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: ?using sea anchor to straighten drift
Replies: 4
Views: 3070

?using sea anchor to straighten drift

Has anyone successfully used a sea-anchor type arrangement behind an alpacka to straighten its drift in a river whilst fly fishing? I know that there’s been some discussion about tracking, but nothing in there beyond using a bucket. I have no experience with using sea-anchors for anything else. My u...
by andrewallan
Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boat repair advice
Replies: 2
Views: 1892

Re: Boat repair advice

Rather unusual finding a request about wooden boat repairs on a packrafting website, but.....................! Sometimes you may just get lucky. Having just made a wooden dinghy myself, I wanted to protect the keel with some form of metal strip. In Australia there seemed very limited choice. Searchi...
by andrewallan
Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 11948

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

Hi Roman,

Lucky old you having a month there! My schedule is a little tighter!

I'll email you rather than share it all with everyone else, but there might be a narrow window there.

A
by andrewallan
Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 11948

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

NZ is made for packrafting. You don't have to look far. Enjoy every opportunity. I'm rafting the lower ?15km of the Kaamea from the Ugly to the sea on the 23 Jan after our wilderness fly fishing trip. Roman rafted a whole swag of the Karamea, and found it amazing, and somewhat overwhelming, although...
by andrewallan
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???
Replies: 8
Views: 2875

Re: Pack raft seats uncomfortable for others???

Alaskacreeker, for what it's worth, your legs go numb because you're sitting on your sciatic nerve, not your femoral artery. The sciatic nerve runs through your bum muscle, and down behind your hips and down the middle back of your thigh. Your femoral artery is on the front of your leg in your groin...
by andrewallan
Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:19 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Karangahake gorge, Ohinemuri river. N. Island NZ
Replies: 1
Views: 1371

Re: Karangahake gorge, Ohinemuri river. N. Island NZ

Wow. What a great trip. And loved the cars driving along the road in the background! I hate watching the vids from Alaska, as it seems that you guys have so much backcountry to enjoy at short notice. Very envious. NZ also has a huge number of easily accessible rivers to raft, but for some reason the...
by andrewallan
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:45 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Beginnner question on losing raft + gear
Replies: 6
Views: 4830

Re: Paddle Lanyard

Andrew, My paddle lanyard is only long enough to go from my rucksack to where I hold it. It is made from 4mm cord The cord has a loop at the boat end, which I loop around the 3/4 webbing straps with fastex buckles that I use to attach my pack to the raft. At the other end of this cord, I have attach...
by andrewallan
Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpaca with no spray deck?
Replies: 9
Views: 3556

Re: Alpaca with no spray deck?

Paddling on flat rivers you do get a lot of paddle drips, even with the drip rings on the paddles, and, unless it is hot, or you are prepared to wear waders/neoprene top, the moisture might drive you bonkers. My rafts had no decks, and I added my own. For flatwater paddling I'd rather have a deck. I...
by andrewallan
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 11948

Re: New Zealand Trip Ideas?

Some suggestions: 1)Walk into the upper Karamea, and float out down to the Leslie R, and then walk out along the Whangapeka . The Karamea below the Roaring Lion has the major rapids in it. 2)Nelson Lakes Nat Park - the D'Urville R looks a good float. The Travers would also be fine. The Sabine runs t...
by andrewallan
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: South America
Topic: The Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 8302

Re: The Amazon

Gee you find some unusual stuff on the net..................!

A
by andrewallan
Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Hand Paddles
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Re: Hand Paddles

Couldn't find the link (or at least, I opened the site, but couldn't find the reference.) I presume that they are like the webbed gloves I once made to use for liloing down a NZ backcountry river (the year prior to buying an Alpacka). They were green and I apparently looked like Gollum! If they are ...
by andrewallan
Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Beginnner question on losing raft + gear
Replies: 6
Views: 4830

Re: Beginnner question on losing raft + gear

They're not that easy to all out of in the first place - I'm constantly amazed at how stable the rafts are. I did come out on an early trip in Fiordland, but the raft and paddle eddied out in the pool below me. I tend to use a paddle leash, and this means that if you come out, and are holding onto y...
by andrewallan
Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's your favorite after work packraft adventure?
Replies: 6
Views: 2224

Re: What's your favorite after work packraft adventure?

Yep, you make of life what you can. I agree. You just got me at a "down time" - Australian winter, finish work at 6.30pm, but dark by 6pm, windy, cold, uninspiring weather, nearest useful river probably >1.5hrs drive etc etc. Realise that US winter is by far worse, however..........I do try to sea-k...
by andrewallan
Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Glue & home repair kits?
Replies: 6
Views: 4072

Re: Glue & home repair kits?

Alpacka previously recommended Clifton 1 or 2 part urethane glue, which I gather is available in the US. In Australia, I used a local urethane glue and it worked fine. There are several previous posts about attaching things to rafts - look back through the packrafting gear section - the one I refer ...
by andrewallan
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Bird Creek
Replies: 16
Views: 9133

Re:

Sorry about the "lack of content" here, but, Roman, as you seem to be rather distracted with a summer of fantastic Alaskan packrafting adventures, and I'm sitting on my butt not doing any rafting, would you mind reading the personal message I sent you a while ago.................just trying to get y...
by andrewallan
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's your favorite after work packraft adventure?
Replies: 6
Views: 2224

Re: ??after work packrafting. How lucky are you?

Would love a video or youtube link here. Those of us in "other places" (eg Oztralia), and, perhaps with "certain job types", just don't have the facility for "after work" packrafting, and the whole concept that you have described just sounds like a dream come true, and something I'd like to see to b...
by andrewallan
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft Rating System
Replies: 15
Views: 5475

Re: Packraft Rating System

Hey, Roman,..................any books coming this way??!! A
by andrewallan
Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 8087

Re: Cookpots

I did transiently wonder whether my plastic food bowl could be modified to become a helmet................and with a pair of scissors, you could then go on to do some really attracive hair cuts as well! The titanium cookpot/helmet idea has plenty of merits, and is not that difficult to design (the d...
by andrewallan
Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Packrafters in New Zealand?
Replies: 6
Views: 2408

Re: Packrafters in New Zealand?

Heike, I'm in Melbourne. There's no useful packrafting near here! I wish there was. Just watched a fantastic vid. on youtube of Crow Ck and Glacier Ck in Alaska (found via a recent post on this site under the Alaska section - imagine having access to river like that.............dream on. I only real...
by andrewallan
Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Glacier Creek; Chugach Mtns.
Replies: 33
Views: 22494

Re: Glacier Creek video

What an absolutely fantastic video. Loved it. Congratulations
by andrewallan
Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Arthur's Pass to Erewhon Station, Southern Alps, NZ
Replies: 4
Views: 3111

Re: Arthur's Pass to Erewhon Station, Southern Alps, NZ

Cute sheep!

AND ................exciting looking trips - makes me want to leave work and go across the Tasman NOW!

A
by andrewallan
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sanctuary River, Denali NP
Replies: 13
Views: 12481

Re: Sanctuary...............

I must say that I'm a little lost with this last post................... Something's missing.
by andrewallan
Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Chitina Area (Chitina, Copper, etc.)
Replies: 4
Views: 5475

Re: Chitina Area (Chitina, Copper, etc.)

Wow, what a great looking river to float. Nothing like the rock-gardens I've paddled in NZ.

Not many resting areas though.

Liked the video taken from your head - what system do you use to hold the camera there?

Andrew Allan
by andrewallan
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:17 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 4513

Re: Poor man's Dry Suits

Andew, I can't get my head aound this...............waders/kayak top and kayak skirt, and then in a yak...........in this scenario, the kayak skirt essentially only provides a neoprene waist band, but that's all..........were you inadvertently talking about using a poor man's dry suit in a kayak?? (...
by andrewallan
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Packrafters in New Zealand?
Replies: 6
Views: 2408

New Zealand and packrafting

Despite the fantastic rivers over the Tasman (note that I'm in Oz), for some reason, there seems to be little traffic on this site about NZ rafting from Kiwi's. Most of the stuff about packrafting in NZ seems to come from us visitors, although there are some youtube vids which may be local. Search "...
by andrewallan
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:13 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)

Dear HammBone (and "rhickel"). Yep , I now look at that post of mine, and agree it sounded harsh. I have been known to get up people's noses that way, but I'm afraid I am just one of those "direct" people (it irks my wife as well, but at the end of the day, I'm not one to say anything I don't actual...
by andrewallan
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:07 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28325

Re: perhaps a pool toy might suit

Suggest you look at Sevylor "pool toy" type raft........... Don't even expect it to go anywhere near white water and keep you afloat, .............and please read the label which states it is nothing but a "pool toy", etc, blah, blah, blah, blah............. and .............save like crazy to buy a...
by andrewallan
Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Dry Suits
Replies: 7
Views: 4513

Re: Dry Suits

Also suggest you look back at the previous correspondence regarding "poor man's dry suits" - of course this is all dependent on your use, the season, and your other interests during a trip. Poor man's dry suit = goretex waders, with either neoprene top and waist belt, or kayak dry top over this. My ...
by andrewallan
Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: From Whittier to Chenega Island (Last Year)

For whatever reason, I clicked on these links - first one was "rather" limited, just showing one photo...............second one was diametrically opposite, and................ I looked at them all. You guys obviously had a fantastic trip, and probably one to be proud of having done............ BUT, ...
by andrewallan
Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28325

Re: DIY raft

Good try UCP - it was a fun forum to follow, and I have respect for anyone who is prepared to tackle such a project, even though it may be seen as "reinventing the wheel" so to speak. It does make Roman's production of 6 Sherpa's back in the 90s something of a feat though. Outside of things that are...
by andrewallan
Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:02 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: neoprene or not
Replies: 8
Views: 4754

Re: blood flow to feet

Dear Aklaskabrett, I speak only from the medical point of view ( my basis for this being that I actually am a doctor............surprise!!!!!!!!!!).........the gasket around your leg will not reduce blood flow to your foot unless it is extremely tight, and by that I mean "extremely". You have 3 litt...
by andrewallan
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28325

Re: DIY raft

Amazing what you can do with aquaseal, isn't it.............?! Another tape option is to use the double sided tape used by sail makers over sewn seams , and use it to stick a strip of nylon over the seam. I ve also fiddled with sail repair tape (basically adherent rip stop), but have only used it fo...
by andrewallan
Fri May 29, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28325

Re: DIY raft

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss................ ! Heat sealing around curves wouldn't be that easy. Bail out solution may be to fold seem flat, and oversew it, and then seal the seam, either with tyvek on the inside, or a strip of your fabric ironed on (like commercial seam sealing), and lastly c...
by andrewallan
Mon May 18, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28325

Re: DIY raft

"UCP", I looked at fabric you mentioned, and would be interested in some subsequent feedback about how heat sealable it turns out to be, as there are some other uses I may have for it should it work well. Another suggestion for making the seams are to sew them, and then use Sheri's favorite tyvek ta...
by andrewallan
Sun May 17, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28325

Re: DIY raft

I toyed with this concept a few years ago (although I was initially out to make the "ultimate" thick, lightweight lilo for river sledding), and then found out about Alpacka's, and thought a lot about making a similar raft. The biggest problem I had with both these projects was finding an appropriate...
by andrewallan
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:06 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 18662

Re: Paddles

I've got a Splat, and other than problems with ferrules getting stuck (covered elsewhere), I think it's great. It has been EXTREMELY robust, and cheaper than anything similar I could buy in Oztralia. I do also use it for sea-kayaking, but I must say that my mate's expensive carbon fibre scooped out ...
by andrewallan
Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Inflatable Boat/Raft Sealant
Replies: 3
Views: 1962

Re: Car tyre puncture repair kits

I agree that it sounds like this, but, even though they've been available for "years", who has ever used one..............??? What's the limiting issue here - is it that we don't believe that they actually work, or is it the weight of the kit, bad marketing, or something else. I know that I've never...
by andrewallan
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How good are these rafts really?
Replies: 4
Views: 2019

How good are these rafts really?

Just wondering whether Alpacka support the use of rafts as shown below?

(I don't recall seeing any disclaimer about this.............)

by andrewallan
Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand, Kahurangi NP
Replies: 0
Views: 1309

New Zealand, Kahurangi NP

Have managed (at last) to put some footage from recent trip on youtube FYI (as per my post in the youtube video section on this forum)

Also, there are a couple of vids that Roman has put on youtube from his recent NZ trip.

by andrewallan
Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146731

Re: Youtube Videos!

Have at last managed to beat the demons that have prevented me sorting out how to upload to youtube. This is some footage from our recent 10 day packrafting/flyfishing trip into the Kaharangi NP in the Sth Island of NZ, the flyfishing having been deleted! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE6EfdeEhXU h...