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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Video: Packraft Wet Reentry on 04/07/2009 19:43:01 MDT Print View

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Video: Packraft Wet Reentry

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Video: Packraft Wet Reentry on 04/08/2009 11:34:31 MDT Print View

I hate to be a wet blanket, and hope this is taken constructively, but I think it would have been much better for the demonstrators to actually use the recommended techniques. If two of the big re-entry no-no's are letting go of your paddle or pushing off of the bottom, it would help to see how to do it without doing those things.

Derek Cox
(derekcox) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Video: Packraft Wet Reentry on 04/12/2009 21:42:55 MDT Print View

I've never been packrafting, but I have done a lot of kayaking and canoeing as well as climbing onto inflatable rafts... which brings me to my point... maybe it's just me, but is this video really necessary? Anyone can figure out how to get back into a raft when it just climb in... It's not hard, especially if you can stand on the bottom (as in one video), it's calm water (all videos), or you don't have to worry about losing your paddle (several videos). I hope future articles focus on more interesting and informative topics and not things such as How to inflate an air mattress...

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
Re: Re: Re: Video: Packraft Wet Reentry on 04/20/2009 22:22:51 MDT Print View

Wet re-entry of an Alpacka is not nearly as straightforward as with some other types of watercraft and takes practice, especially in deep water. See here for a diary of my struggles prior to 'mastering' the technique. It's difficult until it's easy, and frankly no amount of distance learning will compensate for hands-on practice, but at least it's a worthwhile place to start.

Edited by blister-free on 04/20/2009 22:32:59 MDT.