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Ultralight Packrafting in Cataract Canyon
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Ultralight Packrafting in Cataract Canyon on 02/27/2008 07:19:43 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Ultralight Packrafting in Cataract Canyon

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Stephen Koch on 02/27/2008 09:24:04 MST Print View

Is the Stephen Koch in this article the 7 summits snowboarder guy?

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
The pack Steven Koch is using... on 02/27/2008 09:27:32 MST Print View

Does anybody who went on this trip know if the pack Steven Koch used is a Jam2 or a Pinnacle?

Sweet article... I've been around the Colorado way too much to have never rafted it.

Patrick Baker
(WildMan) - F
Best Ever on 02/27/2008 09:37:56 MST Print View

Without explaining my reasonings, I feel this is the best article ever published by BPL. I would like to experience this trip, possibly via a BPL led outing.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: The pack Steven Koch is using... on 02/27/2008 09:50:47 MST Print View

I have the Jam2 and that pack looks much larger, def looks like the Pinnicle.

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Woo Hoo on 02/27/2008 10:03:07 MST Print View

This trip sounds like a blast!
Makes me want to get my packraft in the water now!

Daniel Goldenberg
(DanG) - M
Re: The pack Steven Koch is using... on 02/27/2008 11:52:24 MST Print View

I was not on the trip but the pack is a Pinnacle. You can tell because the shoulder straps have "load lifter" straps at the top which you can see in the picture. The Jam2 lacks these straps.


John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
Pinnacle on 02/27/2008 12:01:57 MST Print View


If you look at the picture of the pack you will notice load lifters attached to the shoulder straps running up to the pack. This feature is absent from the Jam2 but is present on the Pinnacle pack.

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Packraft Rescue Course on 02/27/2008 14:12:16 MST Print View

The packraft rescue course Forrest refers to will be taught in Jackson Hole in April by Scott Solle with Forrest helping out.
Details here:

Edited by cmcrooker on 02/27/2008 14:14:48 MST.

Forrest G McCarthy
(forrestmccarthy) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Stephen and his Pinnicle Pack on 02/28/2008 12:56:47 MST Print View

Yes- it is the same Stephen Koch of the Seven Summit Snowboard Quest. And it is a Go-Light Pinnacle Pack. For the last few years I have used a Gust for packrafting. We then line the Go-Light packs with a light-weight Sea to Summit Dry Bag.

Edited by forrestmccarthy on 02/28/2008 13:51:32 MST.

Christopher Kuzmich
(obchristo2) - F
Wow on 02/29/2008 22:36:28 MST Print View

As a lightweight backpacker, mountaineer and former kayak guide, all I can say is WOW!!!!

One of the best articles I have read here. It opens up some ideas that have been in the back of my head.

I look forward to more Alpaka Packrafting Articles- hopefully some about the New Zealand trip that predates this one.

I may have to add an Alpaka to my fleet.


Edited by obchristo2 on 02/29/2008 22:37:32 MST.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Cataract Canyon on 03/16/2008 21:40:40 MDT Print View

Years ago, a friend and I did a trip like the one Forrest did 20 years back. We flew into Salt Lake on a 3 day weekend, drove to Needles in a rental car, and took off on a trip that we later called the Blitzkreig.

We hiked Elephant Hill to Lower Red Lake in blazing heat, swam at Spanish Bottom with our packs in large dry bags, pulling them with cords around looped around our shoulders. The river was in high flood stage and the swim was extremely frightening. But we made it and spend the next day on a big loop through Ernie's Country and Standing Rocks. On our way out, we met some rafters who kindly gave us a ride across the river so we wouldn't have to risk our lives twice. We hiked out and drove like mad to make our plane in Salt Lake.

It was an insane trip and one of the most memorable of my life. It pushed us both to the edge and we really had to rely on each other. The best kind of adventure.

I loved reading the article and thinking about this fantastic variation on our trip. What if we had gone down instead of across? Thanks Forrest!