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Paddle Leash DIY

By Deliverance Team 2014.09.04 in Equipment

It is in Swedish, but I think you get the idea.

We use paracord because it’s better than rubbercord if you want to drag your light weight packraft over land, snow or obstacles in the river. If you paddle a heavy kayak, a rubbercord might suite you better.

 

Greenland Wax – Not only for G-1000

By Deliverance Team 2014.08.31 in Uncategorized

20140830_122610I bought myself a very cheap Tru Spec jacket. The plan is to use it when packrafting flat water.

It has a short waist wich is good when you are sitting down i an packraft. It is large enough to put over the PFD and the jacket has four larger pockets on the arms and on the chest. Perfect for packrafting in other words.

Now, the only trouble is the water resistancy. Or the total lack of it.

The fabric is 65/35 polyester/cotton, the same as in the G-1000 from Fjällräven. I thought that it would work pretty well to impregnate it with Greenland Wax, usually used on Fjällräven clothes.

The result was very good. The melted wax made the fabric feel like an old school oil coat. The jacket will not have any problem with neither wind or water splashing.

Pretty good for the cost of 350 SEK.

20140830_151834Applying the wax.

20140830_163652A thick layer of wax on the arms.

20140830_152004Melting the wax into the fabric at 60 degrees Celsius.

20140830_173159Done! There is almost no visual difference, but the fabric feels much more robust.

The preparations before a documentary

By Deliverance Team 2014.08.31 in Uncategorized

The Deliverance Team is, since a couple of months back, in the planning and making of a new documentary movie. The location is the Voxnan river, a place that has been on our bucket list for quite a while now.

For the first time in over 19 months, all of the four Deliverance Team members will be attending, which will be great. We will be travelling in two Alpacka Rafts and a Gumotex inflatable canoe.

Most of the movie will be shoot at location in the beginning of October, but there are a lot of work and preparations to be done until then:

Getting a name and logo for the movie:The Venture

We have been chasing sponsors; every single coin that we can save on equipment is worth a lot. We have been mailbombing manufacturers and retailers. The lesson learned here is that it is much easier to get sponsorship from minor companies than the big ones, that often don’t even bother to respond to the email. The companies being positive to sponshorship will be  given attention to in the movie and blog. Thank you so much!

The priority right now is getting sponsored with 16 portions of freeze dried food. HELP US, PLEASE!?

We have been shooting as much material as we can in advance; landscapes, timelaps etc. There is no time for that when out in the field, and it is also a waste of valuable battery and data space.

1239986_10152350330614541_4857958232061469169_nGetting music. Royalty free music is available on the internet, but the quantity of free Music is somewhat limited. This time we wanted something more exclusive and are therefore happy to get the electronic music composer oLLiLaboratories in Kuala Lumpur to provide us with some of the music.

Collecting information about the area. Which ones of the many rapids and watersfalls do we want to document and how do we want to do it? What kind of enviroments are there in the area? Is it worth the trouble bringing the quadcopter? It is a documentary, mow much can we really plan? If it all goes wrong and there are not even enough water in the river, how can we still make it an interesting movie?

Chasing cameras. We are doing everything, except stealing, in our way to getting enough cameras to film the event. Right now we have 4-5 GoPro cameras and a SONY Handycam. Batteries enough to document four days with 50 rapids are a big expense.

And beyond this, there is of course the usual planning that goes with any packraftingtrip.

Meteorite impact!

By Deliverance Team 2014.08.13 in Places

10530519_10154533679730121_4979552604505458579_o webA bright big ball like burning magnesium rushes accross the sky. A large tail of smoke follow in its way.

The big explosion rips apart the horizon, just like an H-Bomb, a second after the ball has vanished behind the treetops. Pines and firs are thrown to the ground by the blast and are set on fire.

Large rocks are thrown up in the sky and are falling down all over the landscape.

The impact of the meteorite has made a 80 meter deep hole in the ground.

Now, thousand of years later, chrystal clear water has made a small lake where this dramatic event took place. It lies in the middle of the area of Bergslagen.

Scuba divers who has been down there says that there are large rocks scattered all around the edge of the black bottomless crater. Stones that have been brought up to the surface still smells of sulfur.

hgyyugf webChildhood memories and big trouts.

I used to spend my summers here as a child. I loved to go fishing on the lake and I spent hours freediving the clear water. The lake has a a clear sight of about four meter. For a ten year old boy like myself it was like stepping into another world. I felt like an weightless astronaut that hovered over some desolate moon landscape as I was looking down on the rocks and stones below me.

So now, 41 years old, I decided to return to my childhood lake with a mission.

There is a unique species of trout in the lake called the Brunnshytte trout. It grows very big, about 5 kg. (The reccord is somewhere around 9 kg!)

The trout is very tolerant to low pH. The lake hit the low pH of 5.0 in the middle of the 1970′s before the liming program started.

Despite all my tries I never caught that trout. So I decided to give it one more try.

10361256_10154533307130121_7595214725007415280_nGame on!

I had my inflatable Gumotex Palava canoe, a Hilleberg Akto tent and a fishing rod with me. The first goal was to find a nice campsite.

The strong wind made it difficult to paddle. It was impossible to do any trolling for trout from the canoe right now.

I found a nice campsite at a small cape where i pitched my tent and made some dinner. The wind was still too strong so I decided to do some fishing from the shore.

I knew that I couldn’t get any trouts from land, they are found at 15-20 meters deep, but i got some small perch and was pleased by that.

The wind died down in the evening and I myself out of the canoe. I paddled around for a few hours. I got a rush of adrenaline every time the fishing rod twitched. Trout! But each time it was a pike on the end of the fishing line.

Finally, I gave up the fishing as the night started to fall.10408808_10154533925940121_8558817200813677834_n web

Reflecting stars.

A large full moon rose over the treetops as I sat by the shoreline. As I listened to the distant call of the loon and the sound of geese that flew over my head, I lifted my head and saw sudden flashes of falling stars in the night sky. It made me think about that meteorite impact a thousand of years ago.

How amazing it is that something this beautiful and calm can come out of something that devastating.

Anyway, I never caught that trout this time either. Which gives me a great reason to return.2014-08-11 21.25.20 web2

 

GoPro tips

By Deliverance Team 2014.07.24 in Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered why there is a 960p (4:3 ratio) mode in your GoPro camera? Why would anybody not use the widescreen 1080p or 720p?

The 960p is useful when you are filming activities like mountainbiking och white water rafting where there is a lot of vertical ups and downs. The 4:3 ratio captures a lot of the stuff that happens at the top or the bottom of the screen. But what I find most useful is that the 960p mode gives the ability to cut away unnecessary stuff that might appear on the screen,

DCIM101GOPROTake this screenshot filmed in 960p. If I don’t want to have the GoPro Stalker mount to show in my video, I can easily cut the frame in my video edit program and making it into a widescreen 720p video. Have you ever got too much sky when filming? In the 960p mode you can easily cut that away and get a nice balance between earth/sky.

If you are filming water activities like packrafting which envolves a lot of splashing, there is a large risk that your shoot will be ruined by waterdrops on the lens. Lick on it or rub some dishsoap on it before the shoot!

The river that wasn’t there

By Deliverance Team 2014.07.15 in Movies

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I made a revisit to the rapids of Brattforsen in the river Svartälven, just about north of TDT’s hometown Karlskoga.

When I was here in March earlier this year to shoot the movie ‘Dead Water’, the spring flood was at its best and the dam gates were wide open. The roar of the river and the white water filled me with joy because this was how the river really should look like.

As I now returned a couple of months later I knew what to expect, I’ve seen the dry riverbed houndred of times before. It still makes me angry as hell.

The deadly silence is striking as I walk towards the river. The roaring sound of the wild river is gone. And so is the water. The dam up ahead has closed its gates and is now leading the water through a pipeline to the turbine, leaving this part of the river dry and dead.

It is sad to know that almost one houndred years ago, salmons would now have started their migration to spawn just at this point where I now stand.

What makes me the most angry is that people aren’t angry enough about this enviromental destruction. We have grown accustomed to dry riverbeds and unnatural water reservoirs. This rape on our nature has been going on for almost 100 years (Brattforsen powestation is 75 years old). There is no human alive anymore that knows how the river is supposed to look like. Few people know what function a wild and free river has for the biodiversity. The river is not only life to fishes like brown trout and salmon. The pearl mussel need the trout multiply and the birds eat the insects that hatch in the water.DCIM106GOPRO

The biodiversity is a very complicated matter. Sometimes too complicated for us humans to understand and to get a grasp on. The reintroduction of wolfes in Yellowstone National park is one good example. The wolfes made the deer population move from certain areas near the river, vegetation started to grow there – giving shelter to birds, beavers and amphibians. The Wolves also killed cayotes and so the numbers of rabbits and mice started to grow – which ment more hawks and weasels.

If you want to see how the rapids in Brattforsen should look like (or simply listen to my song ‘The Prozac Apocalypse’), take a look at our movie ‘Dead Water’ below. I am paddling the exakt spots where I am standing in the pictures above. If you are interested in how wolves changed the rivers in Yellowstone National Park, I have  posted a link to that as well.

And oh yeah…

Up yours, Fortum energy corporation!

Henrik Bergqvist /The Deliverance Team

 

New packraft from Kokopelli

By Deliverance Team 2014.06.30 in Equipment

The Renegade from Kokopelli Raft Co

10340008_323477191142771_817015080133198758_nAmerican Kokopelli Raft Co is launching a new packraft called ‘The Renegade’.

The price and look are quite similar to the Denali Llama from Alpacka Raft, but there are some large differences.

  • The Renegade uses two air Chambers and the Denali Llama only one.
  • An inflatible floor is included on the Renegade which gives you a much drier ride.
  • In addition to the 2 one-way inflation valves for each of the two chambers, the Renegade also includes a 16” flexible inflation tube which allows the packrafter the ability to add air pressure to the packraft while in use.

 

The Renegade

Denali Llama

 

 

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