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Old 12-27-2013, 07:31 PM   #331
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:35 PM   #332
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Oops...

So I forgot something important. You may remember I had a boat in my pack...




Originally I was going to raft the Finlay River into Fort Ware. But, with the flooding it would have been pretty much guaranteed death, so I needed a Plan B. So after breakfast, before heading out on the bike, I inflated my packraft.



If you're just joining us, I have one of these.

It's lots of fun.

This was my first time trying it on a creek.




But after hauling it (not to mention a paddle and full whitewater gear) 1300km into the wilderness there was no way I wasn't going to use it. Even if it was cold.



Off I went across Black Lake.









I was still exhausted and the wind was going the right way, so I snuck in a quick nap on the way across the lake.




The destination lay behind the snow-capped peaks in the background.

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Old 12-28-2013, 06:18 PM   #333
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Packrafting Jock Creek

After an hour or so I get to the edge of the lake.




Unfortunately the outlet to the lake is not exactly a clean exit. It's a series of beavers dams... I can pretty much guarantee I'm the only human being to have paddled this creek. The indigenous people (in days gone by) would have been smart enough to use the Toodoggone River to get to the Finlay.




Here's one of the lodge. By the way, I wasn't exactly taking pictures (as I didn't have time to doddle.) I just put my GoPro on timelapse so it took random pictures every 30 seconds. Hence the crooked shots.






There was lots of jumping over beaver dams, but eventually the water started to flow.






And we were in business.





Or so I thought. Several times I would come around a bend to find the entire creek blocked off by strainers.




Bushwack portages ensued.




Which way to go?




I picked the one that seemed to have the most flow.




More beaver dams. Lovely.






But eventually the valley opened up and the creek picked up steam.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:33 PM   #334
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Good time for me for you to be back on the RR Ben, yep , we missed you but your volunteer work in Africa must be very rewarding.

Lots of cold weather and snow here so the xc ski workout and your RR can keep the ole bod alert and healthy

You have my attention again Carry on
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:55 PM   #335
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Good time for me for you to be back on the RR Ben, yep , we missed you but your volunteer work in Africa must be very rewarding.
Yes it was. We've have about 3 winters already this year and the roads are horrible so I thought I'd try and finish this report up. Glad to see you're still along for the ride.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:08 PM   #336
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Packrafting Jock Creek continued

After the last beaver dam, the fun began. The trick was staying in the deep water on the outside bends without hitting the bank and trees.




The farther along I got, the faster the creek became. It was all I could do to keep the raft from getting pinned under the numerous sweepers and against the undercut banks. Unfortunately, in all the excitement, I must have double pressed the record button. There wasn't much room for error.


And within the next 10 km, said error occurred.


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Old 12-30-2013, 03:44 PM   #337
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OOOOPPPPPPSSSSS Ben, not good. Looking forward to your solution
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:50 PM   #338
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I was wondering how stout those rafts were. Did it take quite an effort to puncture it?
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:20 PM   #339
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:37 PM   #340
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Been wanting to go this route for a while now but, other than the high capital cost, I always feared they where too easy to damage leaving me literally "down the creek without a raft". Plan "B" was to use a "towable tube" as a float. If you search the web, there are a number of shapes and sizes that will work. The basic bladder is no better but they are covered with a very heavy nylon material that is almost indestructible. Not as hydrodynamic and there is a weight penalty to pay, but I usually just run down stream anyway so not that much of an issue. Oh ya, and they're inexpensive.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:24 AM   #341
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I was wondering how stout those rafts were. Did it take quite an effort to puncture it?
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Been wanting to go this route for a while now but, other than the high capital cost, I always feared they where too easy to damage leaving me literally "down the creek without a raft". Plan "B" was to use a "towable tube" as a float. If you search the web, there are a number of shapes and sizes that will work. The basic bladder is no better but they are covered with a very heavy nylon material that is almost indestructible. Not as hydrodynamic and there is a weight penalty to pay, but I usually just run down stream anyway so not that much of an issue. Oh ya, and they're inexpensive.
Sorry to burst your bubble, MitchG, but even the toughest "indestructible" tow tubes are 840 denier, which is the same as my Feathercraft's floor except without the high quality urethane coating. The side tubes are are only 210 denier but I would say with the coating they are still more abrasion resistant than any tow tube I've seen. But if you're just using it as a float a towable would be a good cheap (but heavy and bulky) option. Wouldn't paddle too well, but could would tow/line it across a river.

Re:cost, depreciation and resale also should be considered. My wife's first Alpacka raft I bought used for $500, then sold it for $650. Her second one I bought for $600, and sold it for $960. So far it's been a cheap option :)

I have drug my packraft over countless sharp rocks, scraped against exposed shale, got pinned against beaver-sharpened sticks and broken pine branches (with the full force of the river behind it), caught it with fishing hooks and more without a puncture.


I do not know of any inflatable on the market (including commercial grade neoprene re-enforced hypalon rafts) that would have been able to survive what I hit...stay tuned.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:12 AM   #342
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I do not know of any inflatable on the market (including commercial grade neoprene re-enforced hypalon rafts) that would have been able to survive what I hit...stay tuned.
was it a mad rabid beaver with razor sharp teeth and claws
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:33 AM   #343
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:48 PM   #344
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I got an Alpacka Explorer and it's been a blast. Makes a great combo with a motorbike. Even went fishing with the wife and I both in it. Now to float the bike across some deep water

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Old 01-05-2014, 07:10 PM   #345
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Ok ... I've had BC backroads in the back of my mind long enough. How do I do this?
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