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Roman Dial
(romandial) - F - M

Locale: packrafting NZ
Grand Canyon on 08/16/2009 14:51:21 MDT Print View

I made a slide show-video of the ole' Grand Canyon trip and posted it on on You Tube

Russell Swanson
(rswanson) - F

Locale: Midatlantic
Re: Grand Canyon on 09/18/2009 13:29:16 MDT Print View

Thanks Roman...great snaps!

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Re: Grand Canyon on 09/18/2009 16:23:41 MDT Print View

Great Trip!

Your post production makes it even better.

joseph a cruikshank
(bigfeet) - F

Locale: maple valley, WA
what a trip! on 02/06/2010 12:49:27 MST Print View

that looked like an awesome trip! i do a backpacking trip in the canyon every may. this year it's the deer creek tapeats creek loop.

however i used to guide white water and have been thinking about the canyon for a long time but it's a 3 week trip. but with a pack raft it could be split up into sections.

questions...

how much white water have you experienced in the pack raft. how stable is it. i know there are some large rapids in the canyon.

how much gear or weight can you carry. does it affect the handling.

how many miles a day were you able to float. because these boats are small and lite and don't track they are probably slower in the water than a large raft.

i would love to see more pics from other trips you have done.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: what a trip! on 02/06/2010 13:09:17 MST Print View

Joe,
This is a pretty old thread, and I don't think Roman hangs out here to much.

However, if you look Here, I think some of your questions will be answered.

And, dig around a bit. These guys are pros, now with the ability to ROLL an Alpaca.

Edited by greg23 on 02/06/2010 13:14:52 MST.

Greg Lewis
(gpl916) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: what a trip! on 02/07/2010 15:25:37 MST Print View

Hey Joe,

I am looking forward to that GC trip this year.
Greg

Roman Dial
(romandial) - F - M

Locale: packrafting NZ
Re: what a trip! on 02/16/2010 17:11:47 MST Print View

Hi Joe,

I'll try to answer some of these well:
how much white water have you experienced in the pack raft?
as much as I can. check out http://www.youtube.com/user/romandial for videos of whitewater and mixing packrafts with walking

how stable is it? Very stable.

i know there are some large rapids in the canyon.
They are the fun ones -- like Hermit!

how much gear or weight can you carry. I have carried my wife and all our gear for a week. But prefer to keep it under 35 pounds and if running Class IV run an empty boat whenever possible

does it affect the handling. Yes. More weight = more effect

how many miles a day were you able to float. Depends on how long the days are. In the Grand Canyon we had short January days. I think we did maybe 15 miles a day?

because these boats are small and lite and don't track they are probably slower in the water than a large raft. Not necessarily -- it's really more about the water current for how far you go each day, but yes for moving around the river they are slower than kayaks, but possibly faster than a big oared raft (I have little experience!). They are surprisingly nimble -- watch as many of those videos as you can stomach to see that.

i would love to see more pics from other trips you have done. I do videos, not really pics.

joseph a cruikshank
(bigfeet) - F

Locale: maple valley, WA
packraft on 04/22/2010 20:09:27 MDT Print View

Greg, thanks for the links. i'm hooked.

Greg, less than 2 weeks and we are there!

Roman, thanks for making those videos and answering my questions. i've been out of rafting for a few years and i've been thinking about buying a big boat but screw that, a pack raft would be more fun.

Gerard Ganey
(runhike85) - F
Grand Canyon on 12/21/2011 18:44:59 MST Print View

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Edited by runhike85 on 04/18/2012 00:09:09 MDT.