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by andrewallan
Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:43 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Poor Man's Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 4608

Re: Poor Man's Drysuit

My Simms Freestone generic "goretex type" chest waders weigh in at 800g, which would be a lot lighter than neoprenes (and I accept that they wouldn't insulate or float as well, but in Oz and NZ this isn't such an issue - wrong......the floating is, but not the insulation bit). I normally use a 1/2mm...
by andrewallan
Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:24 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 11399

Re: Ship Creek pictures and video

WOW! Ship Ck looks great on the u-tube site - it also shows how well Alpackas bounce over significant obstacles, and from a personal point of view has made this comparatively novice Alpacka user a lot less anxious about a forthcoming trip ( I had the misfortune last year on our first river run of hi...
by andrewallan
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Poor Man's Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 4608

Re: fisherman's reasonably drysuit

Ah, so it was Shaggy who wrote about that ?myth......... The link I refer to where a mad English flyfisher tries to drown himself wearing waders is http://www.sexyloops.com/articles/killerwader.shtml. I have re-read it, and I note that he appears to be wearing neoprenes, however I have tested out go...
by andrewallan
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 23379

Re: Franklin and Waders - perhaps this should be a new thread?!

Roman, The piccies i've seen of the Franklin look a bit overwhelming for my packrafting skills, admittedly in high water, as per the link to the photos earlier. I'd be happy to lend Tom Greenwood a raft if you could convince him he'd love to go rafting there with you! With a wife and 4 kids, I just ...
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 23379

Re: Not about Packs for Packrafting

Yep, that looks like kool aid, and a bit of a headache. Had a look at the site. Was interested to read about "poor men's dry suits" and how only neoprene waders should be used, as in nylon/goretex waders one might turn "upside down and drown due to an air pocket forming in the legs". This is a commo...
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:37 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon
Replies: 23
Views: 11399

Re: Ship Creek -- Lower Canyon

Ship Ck sounds a nice convenient little trip - a bit like going to the local hardware shop for "a fix" - are there any piccies of it anywhere? Wish we had something similar in Oz. Best we can do are some grade 1-2 rapids 35 minutes drive from home!!
by andrewallan
Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:45 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 23379

Re: Shaggy's water angels??????????????

Dear Shaggy, You wrote: "you already drank the kool-aid! I would recommend inflating your Alpacka in a quiet, safe place and curling fetal inside of it until the water-angels stop telling to do large drops..." Inflated the raft last weekend on the verandah, whilst making two "one off" [?two off] sil...
by andrewallan
Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:27 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 23379

Re: Packs for Packrafting

It was Roman who convinced me, via one of his tree climbing Ozzie friends, to lash out and buy an Alpacka, and I am grateful for his input. I now have 2. However, seeing this photo, I do start to wonder whether I have done the right thing!!
by andrewallan
Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:21 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 23379

Re: Packs for Packrafting

For day trip packrafting , I think the Outdoor Research summit pack looks ideal , as it will fit a raft and plenty of other stuff, and also doubles as a dry bag, and weighs about 300g. Unfortunately the bottom side pockets are not quite big enough for a paddle blade, so you will need to make a paddl...
by andrewallan
Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: packrafting paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 5159

Re: packrafting paradise

Andy, Having spent a 10 day trip last summer kayaking around the middle and north fiord of Te Anau, fly-fishing the Glaisnock and Worsley rivers , and packrafting down both (the Glaisnock after 2 days of rain!), I envy you your time over there. The Worsley was pretty tame, but the purpose of the raf...
by andrewallan
Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:11 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packraft-Specific Training
Replies: 4
Views: 3160

Re: Packraft-Specific Training

Some good points here - having done some preliminary relatively flat-water rafting, I then fell out on the first run of a flooding wilderness NZ river, hitting a big boulder side on, and rolling (falling) out upstream, losing my raft and paddle downstream, together with x $1000 gear attached to it (...
by andrewallan
Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:58 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Re: Inflatable Life Jackets
Replies: 16
Views: 9461

Re: Homemade PFDs

I can almost cope with the heat sealing , but the valve bit has me stumped. I've looked extensively for valves in Oz, hoping that a "thermarest type" valve was available, in which case I'd glue it in, but I can't find one - the best I can find here is a wine cask valve, which needs a circular heat s...
by andrewallan
Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: ?Packraft attachments
Replies: 7
Views: 4694

Re: ?Packraft attachments

I presume you then use these attachments across the boat rather than along the axis of the boat - doesn't the pack then sit on your legs? The system sounds sweet though, compared with rope, whichever way it is done. I must say though that I did get rather anxious early in the year when I came out of...
by andrewallan
Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:58 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: ?Packraft attachments
Replies: 7
Views: 4694

?Packraft attachments

Last year I used a packraft for the first time for the purpose of downstream travel in a NZ river after fly-fishing upstream all day, and it was great, however there were some major limitations. Firstly, whenever we needed to portgage, it was a comparatively complicated exercise to untie the packs, ...
by andrewallan
Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:16 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Re: Inflatable Life Jackets
Replies: 16
Views: 9461

Re: Inflatable Life Jackets

I have made a few inflatable PFDs which have all worked well, and weight less than 300g each . The inflatable chambers are made from wine cask bladders, housed in an outer shell of lightweight nylon. Some pictures of the PFDs in use are available on snapfish - I can't remember the exact internet sit...
by andrewallan
Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting in New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 3244

Re: Packrafting in New Zealand

Some photos of packrafting in Fiordland from Jan 07 are on

http://www1.snapfish.com/editownedalbum ... =105136703
by andrewallan
Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Packrafting in New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 3244

Re: Packrafting in New Zealand

Some lovely photos, and you certainly chose some good rivers for rafting. I fish in NZ each Jan, and last year took a packraft as a means of getting downstream at the end of the days fishing, and it was a real hoot, except for an involuntary swim early on in the trip when I side swiped a large bould...