Originally Posted by Phil U.
True enough... In an effort to address that I overnight self supported in Brown's Canyon this past fall. That was a couple mile rather than a couple hundred mile drive to the putin.
However, my focus this coming year is going to be self support on desert rios, snowpack allowing, with the Escalante and perhaps the Virgin Narrows topping my fantasy list. Hence, my interest in various craft.
I hear ya.
Escalante and Virgin Gnarrows are both high on my list this spring, as well. Virgin came up, briefly, a few days ago, but it was *brief*.
I'm headed to AK from 2/20 to 3/20, thus I fear I may miss the Gnarrows this year.
Pretty easy to get a week+ worth of camp gear and food into the new zipper boats.
Check out this:
In the Cat video we all have zipper boats, with overnight gear stashed inside the tubes.
In the ID vid I'm the only one with a zipper boat, but we were out 8 days with no re-ups, so all camp gear, food, hiking gear, camera gear, batts, etc... had to fit not only in the boat but on my back. So unbelievably game changing to have all that bulk and mass down low at ~waterline instead of up high as it is in the old-school packrafts or current ducks. Even with 8 days worth of stuff in my boat it was still *easy* to roll up.
If any of your trips involve driving to the put in, you can get substantially more than a week worth of shiznit inside the tubes. I think my limit would be ~3 weeks, but I can go pretty light on food and clothing.
Good time to be a self-supported boater.