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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13 on 03/03/2014 09:18:59 MST Print View

The American Packrafting Association is holding a Packraft Roundup July 11-13th, at the Big Creek campground just west of Glacier National Park. There will be a swiftwater rescue class Friday the 11th (space limited), a BBQ the evening of the 12th, and packraft outings and workshops both Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th. Registration for the Roundup is 30 dollars, and includes camping and the BBQ. The rescue class costs 75 dollars.

More info here: http://packraft.org/American_Packrafting_Association/Packraft_Roundup.html

This should be a great event in a great location at a great time of year. The Big Creek campground is run by the forest service, and in a great location in a big ponderosa grove along the North Fork of the Flathead. You can start and end trips right at the campground. It provides easy access to a bunch of other creeks. There is no cell service. It's an easy ~45 minutes from the Glacier International airport, the last 10 miles of which are washboarded dirt road passable by any vehicle.

What I'd like to do, if there is interest, is do a 2.5 day backcountry trip the Tuesday through Thursday before the rescue class. Tuesday would be spent setting a car shuttle and hiking in to a BC camp in Glacier. Wednesday would be some great alpine hiking (possibly over some non-technical snow), some floating, and a bit more hiking to a spectacular camp by a high alpine lake. Thursday would be a full day of hiking over another pass, with some river floating at the end of the day. We could camp at Big Creek that evening.

This would be a good trip for moderately fit backpackers with a bit of whitewater experience. There would be 15-18 miles of hiking each of the last two days, with floating up to class III.

Respond here if interested. I'd also be pleased to help folks plan trips either before or after the Roundup. It would be an ideal time of year to do a longer trip in the Bob Marshall.

Morgan Rucks
(rucksmtr) - F
... on 03/05/2014 13:34:13 MST Print View

Myself and my friend Tom are in . Lets get a carpool going from northern CA to Montana. I would like to do a longer trip after as well. Thanks Dave for taking such an active role in the backpacking community.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
I'm in on 03/05/2014 14:52:48 MST Print View

I plan to be at the round up and would love to go on a trip with you guys. If I don't buy a packraft soon I'm going to at least rent one for a while this summer so I can start playing with one.

I'm planning on doing some short trips in the Jackson Hole area first for some practice. I probably won't be up to class III skill level though. I'd be happy to either portage or take an alterative route.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: I'm in on 03/05/2014 15:01:31 MST Print View

Sounds like we have the beginnings of a plan. All the tougher sections on that loop can be walked around on trails.

I'll keep in touch sooner to the date, and discuss possible longer trips in the Bob as well.

Edited by DaveC on 03/05/2014 15:02:13 MST.

Chad Lorenz
(ChadL) - MLife

Locale: Teton Valley, Wydaho
PR roundup on 03/06/2014 09:11:46 MST Print View

It's on my calendar!

Likely be in AK working during that timeframe, but things change fast around here.

Getting thighstraps installed ASAP and taking a 5 day swiftwater course in April on the Green. The way things are shaping up down here in Teton Valley we'll have no shortage of water come spring! If I can push work around at all I will be there in a heartbeat!

Dave, thanks for making yourself so open to the community of hiker/boaters out there. You've certainly inspired quite a few to pick up these little boats and give the a whirl! -Chad

IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERA
(idtejera) - MLife

Locale: CANARY ISLANDS
Re: PR roundup on 03/10/2014 17:03:06 MDT Print View

Perfect. See you there
www.planetapackraft.com

Jeff Gerke
(mtnrunner) - M

Locale: Utah
PR Roudup on 03/11/2014 08:49:19 MDT Print View

I would be interested in a long trip in the Bob after the roundup. I won't be able to make it to the first part of the roundup but could be there on the last day.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Gear Question on 03/15/2014 01:51:18 MDT Print View

Just signed up for the swiftwater course. You guys think I should invest in a cheap wet suit? I wouldn't us it on most PR trips but I'm guessing we'll spend a lot of time in the water.


[Oops, hit the wrong button. -DC]

Edited by DaveC on 03/31/2014 08:16:32 MDT.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Now I'm REALLYcoming on 03/30/2014 23:08:50 MDT Print View

Just pulled the trigger on a used Yukon Yak complete with cruiser spray deck. I can't wait. I should be able to get on a lake over Easter and practice a bit. Hopefully then some mild whitewater in Wyoming on the way up.

Definitely down for the pre roundup trip and possibly the Bob after that.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Gear Question on 03/31/2014 08:16:50 MDT Print View

The North Fork will still be darn cold that time of year. If you find a used or on-sale 3-4mm farmer john it'd be a nice thing to have, both for the rescue day and use on day trips. If you can't find one dead cheap I'm sure you could arrange to borrow something for the class.

Jon Holthaus
(t25hatch) - M
Wet Suit Gear on 04/01/2014 14:28:58 MDT Print View

Luke,

I purchased this one and really like it. I've taken a few unexpected swims this past winter (~18 deg ambient and water temp around 35 deg) and was relatively ok to swim back to boat.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/camaro-freefall-farmer-john-wetsuit-4mm-for-men~p~5764p/?filterString=s~wet-suit%2F&colorFamily=01

Right now it's 35% off using the code 'SITESNAP414' for a total of $84.47.

Also as others have said, they make a pretty good sleeping pad too. I've even slept in mine on a trip, and it keeps you suprisingly warm.

Edited by t25hatch on 04/01/2014 14:33:40 MDT.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Wet Suit Gear on 04/01/2014 14:35:23 MDT Print View

That Camaro is a decent deal on a good suit.

Jon Holthaus
(t25hatch) - M
Calling my name.. on 04/03/2014 14:08:22 MDT Print View

I really wish I could make it to this, that time of year will be our busiest month at work. I hope that the round up turns into an annual thing, or at a minimum the trips after the round up will be a semi regular group meet up. The Bob looks to be the perfect destination for a great hike/raft trip.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13 on 06/07/2014 14:40:05 MDT Print View

Bumping this for anyone who missed it. APA has good numbers registered thus far, with space left. Our meltoff has been late, so water levels should be above average, giving us some good options. There will be "guided" trips both days for all levels of skill/experience, and good food Saturday night (cuz I'm helping plan the trips and buying the food!).

John St. Laurent
(johnstl) - M

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: Re: APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13 on 06/09/2014 16:21:49 MDT Print View

I'll be attending on all three days. Looking forward to my Montana fix, since I missed The Open.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Trip Plans? on 06/09/2014 21:23:43 MDT Print View

Dave are you still interested in a pre-roundup trip?

I'm definitely interested in doing some variation of the South Fork-Sun River Loop afterwards. Anybody interested in going too?

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
APA Roundup on 06/10/2014 07:30:33 MDT Print View

Is this an annual event? I'll be in Ireland on business this July 11, but if it's done regularly I definitely will put it on my calendar.

Richard

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: APA Roundup on 06/10/2014 10:00:12 MDT Print View

You've got an email Luke.

Richard, nothing is certain for future years, but assuming turnout is as good as seems likely I imagine this event continuing.

Morgan Rucks
(rucksmtr) - F
...APA Roundup on 07/06/2014 02:35:56 MDT Print View

Last minute addition

Looks like I'll be getting to Kalispell this Monday night, and staying until the Friday after the round up.

Dave are you still planning on doing a trip the days before the roundup?

IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERA
(idtejera) - MLife

Locale: CANARY ISLANDS
Re: ...APA Roundup on 07/06/2014 15:42:44 MDT Print View

Thank you Morgan, but I can't. Have a nice trip and good luck.