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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/30/2012 19:11:16 MDT Print View

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24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/30/2012 19:56:06 MDT Print View

Good read, thanks

I keep eyeing that area for a late winter backpack, maybe up the Wenaha from Troy. You have only whetted my appetite.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Cool on 10/30/2012 20:00:41 MDT Print View

Ryan nicely done video and I loved the story. Sometimes a daring armature's trip creates a much more exciting story than a perfectly executed trip by an expert. Sometime I gotta write up my near death experience kayaking on a flooded river.
Keep up coming and if you have any more of those, shall we say "learning experiences" I'd love to hear them.

Edited by Cameron on 10/31/2012 12:26:09 MDT.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/30/2012 20:28:45 MDT Print View

Ryan,
I could share with you a story of nearly drowning in the Narrows as a young man. Thanks for posting this adventure and for the great pictures. Having grown up in the area I'm feeling a little homesick and will likely have bad dreams about relentless whitewater but reading the article is worth it.

When floating the Grande Ronde you hear the "Narrows" long before you see the intimidating (for me) stretch of whitewater. Putting out on the left bank above the rapids allows you the opportunity to survey the approaching challenge and plot strategy/survival. Back in the water, having hopefully selected to best line, it is a true commitment with no turning back. Once you have dropped into the "Narrows" the only way out is to make it to the other end, with or without your raft!

Edited by thomdarrah on 10/31/2012 08:19:28 MDT.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/30/2012 21:25:54 MDT Print View

Ryan

That was a GREAT trip report and video! What was your initial impression of the Alpacka dry suit?

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 04:52:17 MDT Print View

Nice trip report, Ryan! Yeah, the tenkara rods are not exactly designed to let a fish run. Too bad you lost the rod, always annoying...

Steelhead are noted for tail walking and other acrobatics. Once they decide on a direction, often the only thing you can do is throw them slack enough to let them think they "escaped". Not something you can do with a tenkara.

Paul Mountford
(Sparticus) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic Canada
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 04:53:21 MDT Print View

Ryan,

A question on your feet - would you say your system keep your feet dry, wet but warm, or wet and chilly. If you were planning a much longer trip, say a one to two week trip in conditions around freezing, would you change anything with your footwear system?

Edited for second question after watching your video.

The neck gasket looks very loose on you. Is that how it came, or did you stretch/trim it to make it more comfortable?

Edited by Sparticus on 10/31/2012 06:27:37 MDT.

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Locale: www.jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com
Re: Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 06:29:48 MDT Print View

Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 08:31:37 MDT Print View

Thanks!
I'm inspired...


Which "21-foot Daiwa" did you use?

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Go Wazzu on 10/31/2012 11:26:19 MDT Print View

Sounds like a typical Wazzu Cougar.... I miss Pullman. I graduated in CE in 89.
I wish at that time I was as adventurous as I am today.

Edited by HairlessApe on 10/31/2012 13:30:47 MDT.

John Topping
(JohnT) - MLife

Locale: Peak District
Inspiring Stuff on 10/31/2012 12:21:43 MDT Print View

Ryan,
You are on a roll at the moment. Fine fine work.
Thanks

Johnathan White
(jwrambler)
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 12:41:46 MDT Print View

Ryan, another stunning vid - inspiring, beautiful, well done!

Bryan Ingersoll
(bingersoll) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Great Video Ryan on 10/31/2012 12:57:10 MDT Print View

Really enjoyed it! Checking the weather now to see which gear to pack for the weekend after this inspirational video.
24-48 hour adventures, fly fishing and packrafting are "food for my soul".
I can't thank you enough. It was on backpackinglight.com years ago that I was first introduced to the Packraft. Now its hard for me to imagine back country travel along a trout stream without it.

Thanks Ryan!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
24 HOURS on 10/31/2012 13:21:10 MDT Print View

Excellent Stuff! 24 hours is a nice round number.

Yohei Aoyagi
(zzz_bear) - MLife

Locale: Tokyo
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 17:13:41 MDT Print View

Ryan,

I love 24 series and your filming of backpacking!

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 17:26:02 MDT Print View

Killer. I enjoyed this very much Ryan.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 10/31/2012 20:03:51 MDT Print View

Thanks Ryan. Excellent report, video and write up! Have you had any past success landing a steelhead on a Tenkara rod?

Jeff Gerke
(mtnrunner) - M

Locale: Utah
Pack on 10/31/2012 21:17:30 MDT Print View

Great video. Was that a HMG Porter that you where using for a pack? Been thinking about getting one. Haven't decided between the Porter and the Windrider 3400.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Pack on 10/31/2012 21:38:04 MDT Print View

I'm pretty sure that was an Expedition pack. Ryan mentioned it in his photo essay on the Lamar and reviewed it with Chris Wallace a while back.

Peter S (masc. ├╝ber linear logical club)
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
video... on 11/01/2012 06:41:25 MDT Print View

Great video Ryan.

I hope BPL will be doing more videos in the future as part of the articles on gear reviews, sotm, trip reports and so on...

/Peter

Jeff Gerke
(mtnrunner) - M

Locale: Utah
Re: Re Pack on 11/01/2012 13:38:04 MDT Print View

Thanks Luke.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Superb! on 11/02/2012 04:26:38 MDT Print View

Superb video and article, Ryan.

It's good that you promote these 24 trips, as for many of us that are the only possible trips at the moment =) I'm looking at 24 possibilities myself right now because of this one!

Edited by skullmonkey on 11/02/2012 04:27:28 MDT.

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 11/02/2012 12:57:12 MDT Print View

Yet another excellent article Ryan, which provides lots of information. What weight of cuben is your shelter, .51 oz/sqyd or heavier? I assume your are still using your ID event bivy. It seems that you and I had the same problem with the threads on our jetboils. Your comments on gear and why you packraft are always enlightening, and increasingly convince me that I should play with a packraft.

Thanks again, looking forward to your next adventure.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 11/02/2012 20:16:27 MDT Print View

Whoa...how many years have I been following BPL, and I just now hear of this story? Someone has been holding out on us!

Great 24 hr trip report and video.

Tom

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 11/03/2012 15:36:58 MDT Print View

@Richard Nisley - my initial impression of the dry suit is that it's well done. I have questions about long term durability. I waded up to my chest in it and really enjoyed the one-piece sealed suit for cold weather floating comfort - much better than raingear or splash gear when you're spending most of your time wet.

@Paul Mountford - my footwear system kept my feet warm and wet. I would long for waterproof booties with dry socks in them if the water temperature was in the 30s or the air temperature was in the 30s or lower; the neck gasket is stretch neoprene, not latex (yay!) and I left it loose - of course, not ideal if a swim is a reality...!

@Greg Mihalik - My rod is a Daiwa Liberty Club 62SR.

@David W - yes, but only small fish, in the 4 to 6 lb range, and even those had to be chased downstream pretty aggressively. I've caught quite a few trout that have been much larger. Steelhead are a different animal.

@Jeff Gerke - Expedition.

@Roger B - yes, the 0.5 oz Cuben. I'm about to retire this tarp, and I'm moving up in weight to 0.7 on my next one, perhaps; the bivy is the MLD eVENT bivy, but in regular size, it's too narrow and constricts loft when I'm down quilting with a Neo-Air.

To everyone - thanks a ton for the encouraging comments. Very inspiring, working on my next vid story already!

Brandon Vidrine
(bvidrine82)
Re: Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 11/03/2012 22:36:50 MDT Print View

Ryan,

What backpack is that? HMG porter? Also, who made the tarp? Finally, what model pack raft is that?

Thanks!

Michael Schwartz
(greenwalk) - MLife

Locale: PA & Ireland
24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 11/04/2012 13:39:19 MST Print View

Great vid, and glad to see another 24 adventure. The "Done in 24" is a great idea that shows what's possible with some planning and imagination. Inspiring.

a b
(Ice-axe)
Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River on 11/04/2012 17:50:24 MST Print View

Really enjoyed this video.
The packraft is very much on my mind these days.
I want to incorporate one for my next long distance hike in some way and seeing it in action is inspiring.
Thanks for sharing!

Michael Cheifetz
(mike_hefetz) - MLife

Locale: Israel
great stuff ! on 11/05/2012 03:08:28 MST Print View

RJ
Im not a packrafter and wil prob never be (no rivers here to practice on :) but this was a great atmosphere piece that combined good looking vid and edit, nice commentary, gripping story and just a tad of gear. I loved it

Mike

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
24! on 11/05/2012 21:53:37 MST Print View

Great concept and excellent execution. Ryan, like so many others have said, well written story with a great video that takes us along and gets us stoked. Keep up the quality and interaction. They are what makes this more than just a web site.

Elliott Hollander
(elliotth27) - M

Locale: Georgia
alpacka on 12/20/2012 12:08:35 MST Print View

Anyone figure out which model Alpacka this is??