Trip Report: Canyonlands Solo Overnight
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by Understaffed Packraft
3d ago
Miles Hiked: ~ 16 Miles Elevation: 2,000ft loss/gain Miles Paddled: 8 Miles Thanksgiving 2023 Temps 45-50°F Day // 30°F Night Day 1: Big Spring Canyon Overlook to Spanish Bottom Phase 1: Upper and Lower Salt Creek to Colorado River Phase 1 of this loop began with descending Upper and Lower Salt Creek Canyons to Big Spring Canyon and down to the Colorado River. I brought 4 days of food with intentions of doing the whole loop, but impending snow on Friday made me think I was only out there for a night. It was a balmy 18°F outside when I woke up, I got to the trailhead around 8:30am and was on ..read more
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27lbs - UL Packraft Gear List
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by Understaffed Packraft
2w ago
Paddle Gear Alpacka Raft Scout Werner 4-Piece Paddle Marmot Rain Jacket MRS Splash Pants Waterproof Socks Patch Kit Alpacka Raft Pack-A-Pump + Billow Bag PFD UL Backpacking Gear (Cold Weather Version) Western Mountaineering 15° UL Bag Thermarest UL Sleeping Pad Big Sky International UL Pillow Mountain Hardware Down Pants + Jacket Western Mountaineering Down Booties Tarptent Aeon Li Solo UL Tent Primus Stove + 4oz Fuel Leki UL Trek Poles *Not shown - MSR 8in UL skillet for permit Water Treatment Sawyer Squeeze 2L Dirty Bag Settling Bag Alum Person ..read more
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Trip Prep: Canyonlands Figure 8 - Back On My Bullshit
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by Understaffed Packraft
1M ago
Well, after a long summer living in Washington peak-bagging, an already burnt out summer romance, and oh-yeah, buying my house, I’m back on my bullshit. Got myself a new little diddy from Alpacka Raft, a 3.4lbs Scout, and I’m ready to put some miles on her. I haven’t decided on a name yet. This boat is a solid bottom, so I don’t have to get wet this time (San Juan in October without a dry-suit was brutal on my toes!). Also, my milage is somewhere between 35 - 39 miles, so who knows???? I’m getting ready to swing this little number next weekend… Route Day 1: Hike 6 Miles / Paddle 7 Miles Hik ..read more
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Trip Report: Dirty Devil SOLO LOOP
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by Understaffed Packraft
8M ago
Miles Hiked: 22 Miles Miles Paddled: 10 Miles (+ 10 optional)Dirty Devil River: 95cfs WAYPOINTS Parking Lot Flint Trail 4x4 N 37.898917° W 110.378096° Rock Canyon Wash  N 37.936604° W 110.335616° Exit Crack N 37.961364° W 110.331691° Jenga Cairn N 38.017730° W 110.334789° Fiddler’s Canyon Descent N 38.042641° W 110.376185° Dirty Devil @ Fiddler’s CoveN 38.043753° W 110.399080° Hog’s BenchN 37.972941° W 110.400418° Day 0: Reconnaissance The day before the trip, I made the long 7+ hour haul across I-70, from Denver to Hite. Despite the hellacious ski traffic (even at 4:00am!), I arrived in ..read more
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TRIP PREP: Dirty Devil
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by Understaffed Packraft
9M ago
Well, the time has come for me to rally all of my half-ass skills and finally run a yolo-solo TITS TO THE WIND trip. After a lot of careful research and absolutely critical beta provided by Dan *** at ***, without which I 100% could not have made this loop possible, I headed to Hite! Big thanks to Dan *** The Plan DAY 1: Drive + Scout Takeout + Trail Angel Hayduke Hikers DAY 2: Hike Red Ledges DAY 3: Paddle Dirty Devil + Camp/Canyon Side Quest DAY 4: Paddle Out + Drive Home The Hike Hayduke Trail Section 4 / “The Red Ledges Approach” So the Hayduke Trail is notorious for having no real milage ..read more
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Gear List: Overnight Shuttle Trip
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by Understaffed Packraft
1y ago
We are heading out on a quick 14 mile overnight on the Upper Colorado, and I thought I would make a list of overnight gear that anyone could expand upon. This is our bare bones overnight shuttle gear, mostly comprised of our backpacking gear and a few “luxury items” we usually only get to use truck-camping. Don’t worry if your camping gear is bigger than ours, like I mentioned before, a lot of these items cross over into backpacking gear for us! Shuttle trips are the best time to enjoy all of the camp luxuries! While portaging is easier with a lighter boat, we portaged boats with 5 days of foo ..read more
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Trip Report: Mexican Hat -Clay Hills (San Juan River)
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by Understaffed Packraft
1y ago
Put In: Mexican Hat Take Out: Clay Hills San Juan River (Southeast UT) 57 Miles, 5 Days/4 Nights 600 - 800 CFS Avg Float Speed: 2.5mph (w/out paddling) October 2021 Average Temps: 60’s day/high 40’s night, cold AF water Day 1: Mexican Hat - The Goosenecks Day 1 was a little hectic because we really had no gauge on how quickly we would move down the river and we had to unpack all our gear from the truck and then pack the packrafts for launch. The fuck-around-factor was high, and it ended up taking us 90 minutes at the ramp.  But, after dropping the truck off at the top of the road, w ..read more
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Packrafting & Preventing Invasive Species
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by Understaffed Packraft
1y ago
I don’t like to admit my ignorance all the time, but until I was cruising through Idaho and saw a giant flashing DOT sign “ALL WATERCRAFT MUST STOP”, I was completely oblivious to invasive species inspection stations or anything outside of rec.gov permits. This was definitely ignorant of me, so here’s a fun blog to help you be more informed that my dumb-ass: Currently, 18 states have some sort of decontamination and inspection program, while 11 states require additional invasive species permits (Otts 2018). Not all states with invasive species regulations currently have invasive aquatic specie ..read more
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Obligatory “Why am I starting a blog” post...
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by Understaffed Packraft
1y ago
Stopping to fish on the Upper Colorado River. If I learned anything from the roncom’s of the early 2000’s, it’s that every 32-year-old going through a period of great change and mental crisis needs a blog. And every good blog starts with the obligatory why am I starting a blog? post. This blog is no different, and here is that (short) post.   It’s simple, I am starting this blog because very little resources are out there for packrafting, and almost none for someone who isn’t already water savvy.  My journey with packrafting started a little over 3 years ago when ..read more
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Trip Report: 9 Days, 3 Rivers Bob Marshall Wilderness
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by Understaffed Packraft
1y ago
Miles Hiked: 78 Miles Miles Paddled: 20 Miles Early July Sun River 350cfs White River <300 cfs SF Flathead River 5500cfs Day 1: Benchmark – Reef Creek The morning started with a few hours drive from Great Falls to Benchmark. The drive from Great Falls follows an interstate to Augusta, MT. From there, you turn on a well graded gravel/dirt road about another 45 minutes to Benchmark. We parked at the trailhead, did our last poops, and said goodbye to the truck around 10:00am. The Benchmark trailhead is large, with an upper and lower lot, as well as overflow and stock parking. The Benchmark ..read more
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