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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

 

 

Sarek Trekking Jacket

By Deliverance Team 2014.06.19 in Equipment

hdjfhks smallIs the Sarek Trekking Jacket from Fjällräven suitable for packrafting? There are definitely better materials for white water rafting than the G-1000 Original, but if you are doing long trekking and paddling flat water, it works pretty well.

The jacket is water resistant, but to avoid getting wet from dripping and splashing when paddling, impregnate the sleeves with Greenland Wax. It is also wind resistant; I have been driving my scooter bike in speeds of 75 km/hours without any wind blowing through. (It’s a pretty unorthodox test, I know.)

scout2 smallThe weight is 925 g in size M and the jacket  has no inner lining and is quite large in size so that you may put a lot of insulating garments under. (Take that in account if you order it online.) Sure, it does not have that ultra light weight that many packrafters are looking for, but no branches will pierce any holes in it either while bushwacking your way to your favourite water.

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The two breastpockets works well with the cruiser spray deck on the Alpacka Raft. A spacious hood with a foldable brim protects from bitter winds and rain when on open water. It can be adjusted so it fits the head perfectly.Hooded small

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Packrafting Murstensdalen

By Deliverance Team 2014.05.30 in Places

wide webWith the rest of the team away kayaking the Stockholm archipelago, I decided to put some old plans into action and go filming packrafting in Murstensdalen.

I have been writing about this nature reserve in an earlier blog post, but this time I’m bringing my packraft.

There are two small lakes in Murstensdalen and a couple of tarns. All of them are really too small to be worth planning a packraft trip to, but I wanted some good locations for my filming and Murstensdalen is perfect for that. The terrain is very versatile with moors, mountains tarns and creeks.007 web

The nest 02After following the trail for a couple om kilometers I arrived at the small waterfall at the northern part of the two tarns called Galtjärnarna. That’s where i discovered that there was no battery power left in my video camera. I had somehow forgotten to charge the battery.

002 webThere was not going to be any filming, but I had also brought along my GoPro so decided to do the best of the situation and do some paddling and take pictures.

001 webGaltjärnarna are about one kilometers long and has two narrow passages.

Marsklandet webAfter arriving at the southern shore, I deflated the packraft and hit the trail once again.

scout webWhen eating lunch at the very small tarn Gruvtjärnen I got company by a couple that was out hiking. They had never seen or heard about packrafting so I showed them my Denali Llama packraft. They were really impressed by the small weight and size of the raft.

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Packrafting Dead Water

By Deliverance Team 2014.03.17 in Movies

The loss of rapids and salmon population.

The Deliverance Team are grown up in the town Karlskoga, Sweden. There are two larger rivers passing through the town; Svartälven and Timsälven. Both are tributaries to  the Gullspång River water system.

There are five dams in Karlskoga. Everyone of them is preventing the water to flow free. Packrafters and all the aquatic lifeforms don’t like that.

DEAD WATER is a short video that has no story, it is white water porn with enviromental information at the end. Enjoy.

How to build the over the shoulder GoPro mount used in this video: http://deliveranceteam.outdrr.com/gopro-mount-for-packraft/

Winter at Djupdalshöjden

By Deliverance Team 2014.03.12 in Finished Adventures

The high mountains near Nittälven.DJUPDALSHLJDENS-NATURRESERV

We often visit the river Nittälven, located at the northern part of Örebro County. The area is characterized by pristeen water, large pine moors and high mountains.

There are many nature reserves in the area and one of them, located to the east of Nittälven, is called Djupdalshöjden. It is often refered to as ‘the roof of the county’.

The highest mountain peak is 431 meters above sea level.Winterscape-web

This picture show the west border of the nature reserve. The protected forest is to the left in the picture. All the pine trees in the reserve are old, many of them has been through 300 winter seasons. The Deliverance Team did not even last one weekend.

Tough winter terrain.

We arrived friday afternoon. There had been no snow on the ground on the entire 1,5 hour car journey, but in the last kilometers we started to see signs of winter. At the parkingspace, marked with a red circle on the map above, we found ourself in a snow white winterland.

The initial walk up in the mountain area was hard. After a half kilometer the ascend was over 200 meters vertical. Normally what wouldn’t be a problem, but we had snowshoes a heavy sledge to pull behind us. Our goal was to reach a small cabin at the far side of the reserve sometime next day and to spend the first night in a Helsport Varanger 8-10.1911675_10153943113305121_1879007600_n

The decision to bring the Helsport tent turned out to be a bad one. (We could just as well have slept in the windshelter near Hallmarkshöjden.) So because of the Helsport Varanger and a too large amount of beers in the sledge, we were really tired when the ground finally flatten out at the bog called ‘Tågmossen’.

Damp fever night.

The walk across Tågmossen was like a walk in the park. A harsh beautiful landscape and flat ground made our spirits rise and for the first time we could actually concentrate on the scenery.dsdda-web

We arrived at the windshelter near Hallmarkshöjden about one hour before sunset.

Despite feeling tired we immediately started to stomp 50 cm deep snow on the ground where we wanted to rise the Varanger tent.dudess-web

Finally the tent was up and a nice campfire lit. Warm food and a sip of whiskey made us feel really comfortable as large snowflakes slowly started to fall from the black winter sky. A cosy Christmas feeling spread around the camp.minor-02-web

We hit the sleepingbags pretty early and fell asleep soon after that. We both woke up at 3 a.m. The ventilation valves had collapsed due to bad tent manegement from our side. Everything was now wet with condensation. In top of that I started go feel warm. I opened up the sleepingbag completely, but I was still sweating.

Mission aborted.

In the morning the fever was gone but I had no strength what so ever. All my energy was gone and my muscles was acing really bad.  I realised that I was about to become really sick. A decision to turn back was made.

Winter-Henk-webThe walk back downhill to the car was pretty easy compared yeasterday. The cigars that we were supposed to have smoked at the cabin was lit at the parkingspace before getting in the car for the drive back home.

The decision to turn back was a right call. I broke out in a five days long flu when we got home.

We are definatly getting back to Djupdalshöjden, but the next time it will at summertime.cigarr-web

 

 

 

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