Podcast: Little Alpacka Packraft can Play with the Big Kids
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Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
Podcast: Little Alpacka Packraft can Play with the Big Kids on 02/26/2008 22:45:01 MST Print View

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Podcast: Little Alpacka Packraft can Play with the Big Kids

Don Wilson
(don) - MLife

Locale: Koyukuk River, Alaska
Gosh, I gotta go packrafting on 02/27/2008 20:24:47 MST Print View

Fun podcast, Carol. This looks like such a great way to travel. I gotta stop walking so much and start doing some paddling.

Thanks for more inspiration.

Don

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Desolation Canyon on 02/27/2008 21:42:38 MST Print View

I just came back from a meeting with the Desert Paddlers group here in Phoenix. A couple of people presented a trip report on their trip through Desolation and Gray Canyons last May. Fantastic! Who's up for a trip next year?

Robert Hausam
(rhausam) - MLife

Locale: Salt Lake City, Utah area
Green River Desolation/Gray canyon trip on 02/29/2008 21:42:13 MST Print View

Carol,

Count me in. I organized a trip through Desolation and Gray Canyons several years ago (1999, actually), and it was a great experience. I've been wanting to do it again ever since, but haven't yet gotten that arranged. I did it primarily in a canoe that time (there were 2 canoes and 1 raft in the group), and that worked out quite well. That was before I heard of packrafting, though, and now that I own one I have been thinking about doing Desolation/Gray again in the packraft--and obviously I'm not the only one. I'm really looking forward to the chance to do that. So, I'm ready to help plan and join in any time.

Rob

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Re: Green River Desolation/Gray canyon trip on 02/29/2008 22:52:24 MST Print View

Cool! Ken Knight is also interested. What time of year did you go, Robert? I'm signed up for an early May trip this year with my local kayak group. Their trip last May was ideal, but another group who went down two weeks later had tons of rain.

Edited by cmcrooker on 02/29/2008 22:55:00 MST.

Robert Hausam
(rhausam) - MLife

Locale: Salt Lake City, Utah area
Re: Green River Desolation/Gray canyon trip on 03/02/2008 16:41:34 MST Print View

Our trip was in late August. That was a pretty good time for it, as the weather was fine (mostly warm to somewhat hot, and sunny), and the flow was low enough to be reasonable for canoes. I don't think I would want to take a canoe down that stretch of river in the late spring, with the typical flows at that time. This year, with the above normal snowpack in Utah (although apparently not quite so much in southern Wyoming), I think the flows are going to be pretty large in May. That might be a lot of fun in a packraft, though, and if Cataract Canyon is doable, then certainly this should be.

Rob

Craig Lewis
(craigl28) - F

Locale: SoCal
Paddling Strokes on 03/10/2008 19:19:21 MDT Print View

Elaine is showing some "bracing" with the paddle. She is obviously an experienced kayaker. Several trips to a calm lake or harbor would be recommended for practicing forward, backward strokes and bracing before attempting whitewater.
Notice how the pack is blocking her view in one pic with the bow raised, instead of panic the reaction must be to brace and she does to the right side.
She doesn't lean backward at all, a little forward would be optimal. However, with the pack in the front you have to already tested the limit of lean/paddle stroke before attempting the rapid she did and not spill.

Edited by craigl28 on 03/10/2008 19:38:53 MDT.