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by andrewallan
Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Chest waders for packrafting
Replies: 3
Views: 4069

Re: Chest waders for packrafting

Yep. I use goretex waders with a light neoprene top over them, but my oackrafting is mostly getting out if rivers I've been flyfishing in, so I already have the waders with me . By the by, before anyone starts in the idea of drowning in waders, they don't fill up with water when you go over the top,...
by andrewallan
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 6465

Re: Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia

What a great trip. Glad you got some water, after the rather rocky trip you endured last week. It's amazing what a little bit of water will do, isn't it??! Also amazing to reflect on Bob Brown's adventures in the 70s on the Franklin. The portgaging looked almost as exciting as some of the rafting, t...
by andrewallan
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ study abroad (excuse to packraft?)
Replies: 5
Views: 2873

Re: NZ study abroad (excuse to packraft?)

I'd choose Christchurch. Some good big rivers on the east coast, and not that far to the mountains. Dunedin is away from the mountains, so the rivers down there will mite that exciting. Wellington gas some ranges to the north, but I think you'll get more variety and easier access from ChCh.
Andrew A
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Karamea
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Re: Karamea

That made a nice circuit then. I must have a look at the map. It's a fantastic place.

Are you over there at the moment ?
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Karamea
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Re: Karamea

Video of helicopter flight from Karamea to just below the Ugly R confluence should be here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcdhL8YwTQ0

If it didn't work, I'll try again.........

A
by andrewallan
Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Karamea
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Re: Karamea

What a beauty. Was this a solo trip? Presuming you also rafted the Leslie on the way down to the Karamea........... How did you get on with the Karamea below the Roaring Lion? I note that you visited the RL hut (the start of most of my wilderness fly-fishing trips). A challenge to find the start of ...
by andrewallan
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wasn't packrafting born in Alaska AND Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 2296

Wasn't packrafting born in Alaska AND Australia

Just looking at the subtitles in the "packrafting trips" section of this forum, I note that Alaska is described as "the last frontier - where packrafting was born" Roman seems to have been at the forefront of packraft production, and I recall reading in his book that interestingly, packrafting seeme...
by andrewallan
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tooma River trip
Replies: 4
Views: 1967

Re: Tooma River trip

What a beaut looking trip.

Interesting use of PFD as a ?fender. Possibly not such a bad idea if you let the raft go off on it's own down the river.............did you have to chase it far?

A
by andrewallan
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Spring paddle??
Replies: 4
Views: 1603

Re: Spring paddle

Have a great trip. Very envious, particularly given the beautiful spring weather at the moment in Melb.

A
by andrewallan
Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Tyvek tape in Aus. ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2819

Re: Tyvek tape in Aus. ?

Tyvek is a building tape used to ?stick wrap around insulation paper to houses. I did get some somewhere - thnk I googled it. However, tyvek is only available in white, and I reckon that one of the waterproof fabric duct tapes that are easily available would suit the uses that it is likely to have. ...
by andrewallan
Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Spring paddle??
Replies: 4
Views: 1603

Re: Spring paddle??

Great idea, but I'm probably going to find it difficult to find a weekend to travel that far. Hope you get away, and have a lot of fun, with some more water than the Eucumbene managed!

A
by andrewallan
Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Hello and a few questions ! :)
Replies: 5
Views: 2301

Re: Hello and a few questions ! :)

I find flat water paddling rather dull. The rafts don't track all that well, although are better with some weight on the front, and don't glide much. If you start to compare them with a kayak, particularly a sea-kayak, then you'll be disappointed. You do need to change your paddling stroke to get ov...
by andrewallan
Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Inflation Bag
Replies: 11
Views: 6484

Re: Alpacka Inflation Bag

My original inflation bag was one of the "small ones" from Alpacka, from ~2005/6. Lots of work to inflate a raft. A few years ago, I made a new large one from silinylon and the ribbing that they use for holding up strapless dresses, along with a standard plumbing fitting......... . But, to the point...
by andrewallan
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hardsided protective packraft cases???
Replies: 9
Views: 3345

Re: Hardsided protective packraft cases???

Whilst I realise that I live in a country where there are no bears (Koala's only), we do have possums and rats, which try to get into our food. Presuming that bears and squirrels don't go out of their way to eat Alpacka rafts, what about the idea of just hanging them from a tree in a stuff sack (per...
by andrewallan
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle This Sunday
Replies: 13
Views: 3663

Re: Group Paddle This Sunday

Yeah - I think I saw that (although I looked on youtube!) - was that of a guy in a red kayak? Looked quite hairy. When we fished up near the Kiandra Rd bridge, I walked down into the top of the gorge, which I think is where the "suicide hole" is. That little section of water would be very scary when...
by andrewallan
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5745

Re: underfloor protection

I wouldn't bother with underfloor protection. It seems hard work to wear an Alpacka out.
by andrewallan
Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle This Sunday
Replies: 13
Views: 3663

Re: Helmets and PFDs and wetsuits

Well, I didn't write that, however............... Re: Helmets: I haven't used a helmet to date, but many of our non-packrafting friends, particularly after our "Geehi River Packrafting" youtube submission, suggested we ought do so, so we got helmets for our NZ trip in Jan, and then the river turned ...
by andrewallan
Mon May 24, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 28321

Re: DIY raft

What about scissors?

A
by andrewallan
Mon May 24, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle This Sunday
Replies: 13
Views: 3663

Re: Eucumbene

Ahhhh. That's why the boat looks a bit different.

We fished down the Eucumbene to about where you are in the last picture - was it much further to the mouth? (and was the river any better down there in terms of pools etc?).

Also, nice rainbow - how much did it weigh?

A
by andrewallan
Thu May 20, 2010 3:30 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle This Sunday
Replies: 13
Views: 3663

Re: Last Sunday paddle/float

Glad you guys were enthusiastic enough to put in at the Portal, and float down. The whole concept of "wetsuiting up", and then stripping down, and putting on waders to fish back to base just didn't do anything for me, which was why we fished on the flats below the park. At least you had the mindset....
by andrewallan
Tue May 11, 2010 3:33 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Group Paddle This Sunday
Replies: 13
Views: 3663

Re: Group Paddle This Sunday

Steve, I just love the concept of a "group paddle" on the Eucumbene R, and am so proud that we have actually organised ourselves to do it..........it's 8-9hrs drive from Melbourne, and prob 6-7hrs from Sydney, and a major f...... expedition for anyone (and ~2hrs for you lucky buggers who live in a "...
by andrewallan
Thu May 06, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146674

Re: Youtube Videos!

What a fun looking paddle - however the helmet cam almost made me sea-sick!

Impressed that you can run that day 2 in a kayak

A
by andrewallan
Thu May 06, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD
Replies: 6
Views: 9537

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD

Some piccies of my "?" below for those who need some inspiration for a fairly simple DIY project: Zips along lower border for inserting bladder Velcro tag on chest holds carabiner on one end of throw bag - the other end is attached to waist webbing http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz279/allanfamil...
by andrewallan
Tue May 04, 2010 2:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Retrofitting a spray deck
Replies: 10
Views: 8934

Re: Retrofitting a spray deck

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm????????????!! Do you mean the "daughter with the face mask", or the raft? ................... I have 4 daughters, and I'm not bringing any of them, face mask or not. As for the raft, yes, the yellow one is my raft, and the blue raft I have is for my fishing/rafting mates, so they'll...
by andrewallan
Mon May 03, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD
Replies: 6
Views: 9537

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs "The Thing" -- unapproved UL PFD

Attached are some images of my home made "wine bladder" thing which we have been using for the last three years - the shell is made from 1.1oz ripstop, which enclose, through a zip in the lower seam, a 10l wine bladder at the front and another at the back. The bladder is folded to fit the shape of t...
by andrewallan
Mon May 03, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Retrofitting a spray deck
Replies: 10
Views: 8934

Re: Retrofitting a spray deck

Thought I might add some piccies of my home made spray deck from earlier in the year, for anyone's interest. The deck has a peripheral zip, so it can be rolled forwards, as I often like to paddle an open boat. I wanted to do a complete zip off job, but couldn't find any long enough open end zippers ...
by andrewallan
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: South East NSW
Replies: 6
Views: 2279

Re: South East NSW

We're going to be up at Providence on the weekend of Thurs 13-Sun16 May, primarily to fish and freeze in the evenings, but also to do some rafting - did you guys manage to get yourselves organised to do same weekend?

A
by andrewallan
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:43 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Multi-Use Footwear
Replies: 11
Views: 8486

Re: Multi-Use Footwear

Our trips are combined walking(or hiking/tramping depending on from whence you come ), fly-fishing, and rafting, so we need multipurpose boots. Best shoes to date for us have been dedicated fly-fishing wading boots - specifically those made by Simms with aquastealth soles - they grip really well on ...
by andrewallan
Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Pack rafters in Sydney and NSW
Replies: 10
Views: 3276

Re: Pack rafters in Sydney and NSW

Just buy one...............they're great..............in fact, they are miles better than you could ever imagine, and seemingly indestructible. They put a whole new slant on your outdoor trips, and rafting starts to take over. Watch out. I think I have 2 llamas - sad to be so vague, but whatever I h...
by andrewallan
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: South America
Topic: Patagonia (and El Nino)
Replies: 3
Views: 6929

Re: Patagonia (and El Nino)

What a trip.............?photos anywhere.

How fantastic to be able to spend 2 months somewhere - brings back lovely memories of Uni holidays!

Andrew A
by andrewallan
Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Message from the Alpacka Designer: Mods & New Boat
Replies: 15
Views: 10400

Re: Sheris doing great - she should keep at it

A bit of disparity coming up here........ I personally reckon that Sheri is great in that she actually reads our posts from time to time, and obviously thinks a lot about them. I reckon we have a unique group here, as it's still rather compact and personal. Whilst you, Roman, push the boundaries som...
by andrewallan
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: South East NSW
Replies: 6
Views: 2279

Re: South East NSW

Steve, in terms of making videos, please make sure that there's a bit of "moi" in them. By all means, go first down a rapid, but, once you've done it, give someone else the camera, and go back and do it again. It's bad to put together vids with no images of you in them (how many of mine have me in i...
by andrewallan
Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: South East NSW
Replies: 6
Views: 2279

Re: South East NSW

Well done. See, it's actually quite fun to put one together! I fiddled with a 1/4 bolt through the top of my helmet before NZ this year, for mounting camera - had same yellow helmet, but you needed to be very careful with placement. Needed a hole a few cm in front of the one in the helmet, in order ...
by andrewallan
Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?
Replies: 10
Views: 4311

Re: OZ video

Hah! Not so hard to do, is it?! Well done. Did you catch any fish???? I think that if you use a digital camera for video, you have to be resigned to deleting the sound component, as mine also gets a lot of wind noise (and internal noise from camera if the zoom function is used), however I am happy w...
by andrewallan
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?
Replies: 10
Views: 4311

OZ and NZ. How many packrafters are there down here?

Great to see some good Ozzie pics added to the forum........... I'm not sure where we are "at" with packrafting in Oztralia and New Zealand, and this forum.......... It seems that we Ozzies have been "up there" at the forefront of packrafting (courtesy of Bob Brown et co on the Franklin, and presuma...
by andrewallan
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, Iris Burn
Replies: 1
Views: 1416

Re: NZ, Iris Burn

Adrian,

Look on youtube, and search under Iris Burn , or Iris Burn Packrafting. There's a short vid there that someone put on 12 months ago when the Iris Burn looked a little more interesting...........with a little rain, even a ditch could become an exciting raft!!
by andrewallan
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 4959

Re:

Having trouble getting my head around how to close off the main valve (ie the thing you screw the inflation bag into) with silinylon, dental floss or inner tubing (or, were you going to dismantle your inflation bag and close off the threaded bit of that?).......... However, as I now have a spare cap...
by andrewallan
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 4959

Re: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

Thx Andrew for the suggestions. Whilst Aeronautical does have a good point about "why not carry one" from a weight point of view (this, however, could extend exponentially!), I was so gobsmacked that somehow the cap had come off when it had been tied on so well. I've presumed that most other rafters...
by andrewallan
Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?
Replies: 11
Views: 4959

What do you do when you lose the cap for the dump valve?

In NZ last week. Heli had flown off and left us on the Karamea for 10 days. Went to paddle across river to get to Ugly R which was our destination, and found valve cap missing from one raft - it had been tied on with 3mm shock cord for 3 yrs with what I thought were undoable knots. Whilst I had plan...
by andrewallan
Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: West Coast, S. Island, Mokihinui Forks down
Replies: 3
Views: 1885

Re: Mokihinui/Karamea/Ugly

Roman, good to see that you have the technical nouse and time to put together a "youtube" whilst travelling! I fished the Mokihinui Sth Br and Nth Br to mid-gorge about 5yrs ago (pre packrafting) . At that stage the South Branch was pretty flat water even for fly-fishing! The Nth Br gorge looked mor...
by andrewallan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146674

Re: Youtube Videos!

Well done - very nicely put together. And didn't that big boulder stop you quickly?!!
by andrewallan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: New Zealand Trip Ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 11939

Re: New Zealand

nzspen and captainmorgan - ??Aussies or do we at last have some kiwis adding to the forum??
by andrewallan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Some new Oz Vid
Replies: 6
Views: 2434

Re: Some new Oz Vid

Ahhhhhhhhh. "swoffing".............I know what that is, but "swoofing" confused me, particularly as the vid involved freshwater . Yes, I edited all the fly-fishing out. I figured that people on this forum probably would be less interested in fly-fishing than rafting. My personal interest in rafting ...
by andrewallan
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Some new Oz Vid
Replies: 6
Views: 2434

Re: Some new Oz Vid

Excellent- and clearly Jules needs his mates to chip together and buy him a waterproof digital camera with video facilities so he can do likewise- eg olympus or pentax optio. The helmet cam stuff done on rafting looks good. A mate used one of these skiing furing the year, and it is an extremely wide...
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Some new Oz Vid
Replies: 6
Views: 2434

Some new Oz Vid

Just a small reminder that Oz exists. I posted this under "General Discussion", but thought that since everyone else seems to want to post vid under their own country of origin, I'd also put it in the "ANZAC" section, just so as youse all can find it!!(yousing my bestest Oztralian!) http://www.youtu...
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146674

Re: Youtube Videos from Oz!

Everyone seems to have gone stagnant on this particular post...................come on! Having a specific post related to youtube stuff makes it so much easier to find them again than having to search through the "geographic" posts. I went fly-fishing the other day with a mate, and introduced him to...
by andrewallan
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 6181

Re: helmets and fractured necks

Guys, I wouldn't be that uptight about fracturing your neck whilst wearing a kayaking style helmet............... Your cervical spine has 7 vertebrae, which flex and extend happily (and rotate as well) - ie there's a lot of potential movement there. Kayak helmets only come down to the junction betwe...
by andrewallan
Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 6181

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

Aluminium should also work reasonably, shouldn't it? Accepting that it may dent, it's better than your head denting, presuming adequate space underneath is provided. My Sigg billy was unfortunately not the right size to be usefully bent/modified, but I can't imagine that it would be that hard to cut...
by andrewallan
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 6181

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

Good looking helmets - BUT - can you cook in them??!
by andrewallan
Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...
Replies: 17
Views: 6181

Re: Rolling an Alpacka brings up issues...

Esben, The Helmet looks great........................but do you reckon you could heat up a meal in it over a stove?!!!!!!!! I also wonder about the helmet and drainage issue. Surely, if it is on your head, even a solid helmet will drain as a consequence of gravity (unless, of course, you are upside ...