Monday, 25 May 2009

Slow Blog

Well I must really try to add to this blog more often.
I went to John o Groats last week with a Friend who came up from Birmingham a good day out.
The lower Picture was taken at Staxigoe just South of JoG.
Also having fun on the Brompton Bicycle it's amazingly stable for a Bicycle with such small wheels.
The New Mobile is good at taking pictures as you can see from above.

Monday, 18 May 2009

What Packrafters ??

Packrafting in the UK??

To the best of my knowledge there are only a couple of Packrafts in the UK, but the people that have them don't use them much ??

So I may be the only active Packrafter in the UK??

Hopefully more will join and some will use them, but none seem to be on the horizon at the moment.

I bought a copy of Roman Dials Packrafting Book recently and there is not as much information as I thought there would be and I was rather disappointed as it seemed to revolve round his Packrafting courses, Alpacka rafts his sponsers and all his personal adventures .
He also makes up his own Whitewater ratings rather than use the ones People already know?? plus making up his own words for paddling situations and calling himself the Godfather of packrafting then admiting in the book that Packrafts were used in new Zealand before they got to Alaska.??
No diagrams of Paddlestrokes etc, just pictures of the author and his Friends ??
A very disappointing book considering what the reviews say about it

Friday, 1 May 2009


Well at last all sorted.
I was sent the wrong Paddle but a friend called in and we did a swop.
I had a Combo Paddle, a 2 piece Kayak Paddle that came with 2 extra pieces with T handles attached, to make up 2 single paddles not the sort of thing you need in a packraft.
So we did a swop and I now have a Boreal Swift 4 piece adjustable Kayak Paddle it's not as light as I would like at 3lbs (including the bag) but it does the job and packs down to a good size .
I reckon my 2 piece Carlisle Paddle is lighter but it doesn't pack down as small.
I was also given a bag at the same time, that I can put everything in, Packraft, Paddle, Pfd, and Spare Clothes, so it's now a case of Grab It, throw it over my shoulder and Go.

I'm also trying to put together what is maybe best described as a Bugout Bag, not for any Disasters or End of the World senarios, but just something that keeps my Getaway gear together.
I'm trying to make it Hobolight without spending any money on new stuff!!