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Old 01-31-2013   #1
 
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A day on the Verde.

Words and pics here:

Green respite.

Flow was 195 on the Camp Verde gauge, back on January 8.

Cheers,

MC

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Old 01-31-2013   #2
 
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Nice work!
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Old 01-31-2013   #3
 
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Nice! Some buddies and I are headed to AZ to run the Salt in April. All of us with Alpacas. Should be fun!
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Old 01-31-2013   #4
 
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Way to get after it! For those of you using packrafts... How are they holding up? How often are they requiring patching?
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Way to get after it! For those of you using packrafts... How are they holding up? How often are they requiring patching?
I have only had mine for a year, but I have used it a lot so far. Ran the Gunnison Gorge twice, Westwater canyon, Browns canyon on the Arkansas, Gateway Canyon on the Delores, and spent a week packrafting in Lake Clark National Park in Alaska too. So far they appear to be pretty darn sturdy as I have ran into or over many Objects that I would have thought for sure would have popped the boat....but nothing has so far.
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Nice! Some buddies and I are headed to AZ to run the Salt in April. All of us with Alpacas. Should be fun!
Psweet.

How many days/nights? From where to where?

Got room for others?
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Old 02-01-2013   #7
 
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Way to get after it! For those of you using packrafts... How are they holding up? How often are they requiring patching?
Most folks (raises hand) are amazed at what these boats can and will endure. I have a veritable fleet of friends with them and I've seen one ripped tube and lots of scuffed floors. That includes many multiday trips down the Dirty Devil, Cataract Canyon, Gunny Gorge, Main Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon, Labyrinth/Stillwater (with bikes and climbing gear), as well as a whole pile of III/IV steepish creeks in the Brooks Range last summer. Several day runs down Shoshone/Moab Daily/Animas thru DGO, Gunny whitewater park, BV ww park, GJ ww "park", etc...

Most common repair is patching the floor beneath the seat, due to dragging butt in low flow creeks.

Patching is easy--using aquaseal or vinyl mender with duct tape or tyvek tape (in the field) or stabond with a small piece of tube fabric (at home). Most people I've heard of with ripped tubes have simply slapped a piece of tyvek tape over it til they got home. And often they forget to patch it "proper" for a few weeks, at which point they learn that the Tyvek has made itself permanent to the boat. Ugly but effective.
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Thanks Mike. How do you think about the packraft vs a duck? And do you have a strong opinion about the Alpackas vs NRS and other brands?
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My put in date is for April 20th. The permit allows 15 and we have five confirmed so far...all packrafters from Colorado. If interested, let me know.
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Ps - The NRS Packraft does not have a skirt. It turns into a bathtub at the end of a sizeable rapid. Seen it firsthand several times.
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