Want to Plan a Packraft Trip?

Discussion in 'Camping, Hiking, Cooking' started by JesseC, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    A really cool kind of trip is to take your gear and WM or raft to Dillingham, AK and then have a float plane service drop you off on a lake or pond near the headwaters of a river and float down for a week. Done that twice and would love to go again. Very much a wilderness experience, and the fishing's pretty darn good too.

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  2. Shapp

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    Trips that would meet your criteria include a trip on the South Fork Flathead (MT) from Youngs Creek Ford down to Mid-Creek takeout,

    Also, the Minam (OR) from Reds Horse Ranch to Minam would be good. You could also packraft the Wenaha (OR) from Elk Flats down to Troy.

    Not too difficult but you need to watch for log jams.

    Besides the various Alpaca type packrafts that are pretty good at doing some pretty hairy stuff, there are other ways to get quality expedition type boats to wilderness put-ins without the use of a plane or horse. I have taken my Aire IK and strapped a kayak wheel cart on it, taken my main and extra paddle and strapped it along either side up front, loaded it with my backpack gear and pulled it like a mormon hand cart on some several mile trips. Of course you need a regular trail for this, with minimal blowdown across the trail to make it not a total PITA
     
  3. themaninthemoon

    themaninthemoon Just waiting on warmer weather, .......

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    Yeah, OK!
    But how are you going to get a licensed llama, (with it's handler, & llama chow), from Argentina, across all the borders & into Colorado?
    I'm thinking that from what you've been saying is that you're leaning towards doing a float tube/hiking trip. Just because of the weight factors involved, right? They must have shortened the WM's frame by halves to get such a small pack on that llama, lol!

    Out of curiosity though, .......
    What types of food stuff are, or would you be taking for a week/2week long trip? All at once? Or are you meeting the wife at predesignated stops to replenish your supplies? Or are you living off the land? Maybe you're planning on eating the fish you catch, berries & nuts, mushrooms, or root veggies you can find growing wild? I think the farmers might have some buckshot or the local County sheriff chasing you down if you decided to kill & eat one of his cattle that you'll see along the way.
     
  4. JesseC

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    I think I've narrowed down some options;

    I've got my pack down to about 36-41 lbs depending upon the length of the trip and the amount of water that I'll need to take. This means that I'll be using the alpacka. I plan on hiking about 20 miles in, floating a couple nice sections away from the trail and some lakes that don't have any trails leading up to them. Should be a fun exploration trip.

    If you have access to a packraft, feel free to drop me a PM - already have one other buddy in on the idea. We are targeting mid June. Hopefully the snow pack cooperates. If not - it'll be a early September trip.
     
  5. Steve Call

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    Now that sounds like a great trip. I'd definitely be up for something like that.
     
  6. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Jesse, hit the Puyallup Washington Sportsman's Show this weekend and check on outfitter prices-most of `em will be there!
     
  7. zagnut

    zagnut Grad student, in fishing, and in life.

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    Hey Jesse,

    Here is an idea that would still allow you to backpack in, but would allow you to carry more weight.

    click on "here" to access link
     
  8. Jim Hagenau

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    The South Fork of the Flathead in Montana. You would need an outfitter to horse pack your rafts but you will be in The heart of The Bob Marshall Wilderness. This is very remote and great fishing.
     
  9. jumbo215

    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    Ive been brewing on this idea for awhile now and it sounds like somthing you would be interested in. A multi day float pack down the upper streaches of the Cascade river. There is plenty of river access way up there toward the headwaters and there will some serious hikes around sections of huge log jams. Too do it you would have to go ultra lite weight and plan on plenty of climbing and bushwacking. The reward would be fishing in areas that havent seen a fly, in my opinon the best scenery in western WA, a chance to float water that only a handful of people have seen. I floated from a bridge off a logging road to marble creek campground. According from the camp host our group was the first people that had floated that section since he had been there (3yrs). An absolutly amazing float, Ive floated nearly every raftable in Wa and the scenery was about the best. Picked up a few fish in really high water in early season but I can imagine once the river drops back in shape and water turns semi clear the fishing would be great.

    The float we did was just a small tip of the iceburg and soon as we hit the bank Ive been trying to figure out how to fully explore the upper reaches. Ive also talked to the most vetern river guide Ive worked with and they have made an attempt with a raft and didnt work well about 15 years ago, but with a packable boat it would be doable. If this sounds like something you interested in we can hammer out some details.

    Ive also got some more pics if your interested
     
  10. Bill Aubrey

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    Jesse, sounds like a great trip. Jumbo, looks good. I am going to try to float a couple of Montana rivers this summer and early fall.
     
  11. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    Once you pass the campground the river changing from a meandering stream to about
    5 miles of continous class 5+ white water as the cascade crashes down to the skagit. The campground is both the take out for the upper float and putin for the white water section. Does that clear up the discrepancy?
     
  13. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    The more it is discussed, the more intrigued I am. When doe the WW kayakers hit that area in full force, that might be something to go and check out. As for the above campground meandering, that is more my style. Sounds like the basis for a good trip plan gents, hope we hear more about it.
     
  14. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Thanks. That clears it up for me jumbo215. Don't want to miss that take-out on the way down!
     
  15. JesseC

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    Jumbo - I'm definitely interested. Lets start working out some plans. Looks like an awesome trip. I think packable rafts look like they'd be required to move around some of those jams!