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Down the river Voxnan

By Deliverance Team 2014.11.14 in Finished Adventures

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It was time for a new adventure. We have had our eyes on the river Voxnan for over a years. Its many rapids, over 50 of them, felt very apealing to us. The location of the river is in the middle of Sweden, about four hours drive from Stockholm. The nature along the river has a wilderness feeling, but it is far from pristeen wilderness. There are a couple summer cabins and windshelters along the river side.

Vox06webThis time, all of the Deliverance Team guys would join the trip. Martin had been away working abroad and had not been able to adventure with the rest of us for for over a year.

The best time to paddle Voxnan is at spring flood in May, but we took a chance and decided to take the trip in October. Hoping for a rainy autumn, we realised as the trip draw closer, that our wishes were not to be fulfilled. There fell no rain at all the weeks before departure, and things started to look so bad that we began to look for other alternatives than Voxnan. As always, we were going to make a video documentary about the trip and we also had ourself some sponsorship this time. Not to be able to shoot the documentary would had been a small disaster for us.

Vox07webWe decided to shorten the trip due to the low water flow. Our original plan was to start at Rullbo but we changed it to the bridge at Hamra. By doing this we missed the opportunity to include the canyon south of Rullbo in the documentary. We also missed a dam that is located north of Hamra, and by this the chance to give the documentary an enviromental point of view.dagreenbaoat

Mikael and Henrik who are the fishermen of the team was looking forward to do some fishing along the trip, but had to let go of those plans because of a temporarely fishing ban.

The Equipment.

The Bojs smallAfter some discussion we decided to bring the Helsport Varanger 8-10 tipi instead of sleeping under tarps. Tim and Mikael were going to paddle the Gumotex Palava and we had space enough in the canoe for the tipi. Martin and Henrik were going to paddle packrafts; the Denali Llama and the Yukon Yak from Alpacka Raft.jhgfhjweb

We had five cameras, four GoPro’s and one Sony. The GoPro cameras were of the Hero 3 model, except one wich was the older Hero 2. The GoPro Hero 2 turned out to be crap with constant fogging on the lens and a bad performance over all. We could only use a couple of seconds of the filmed Hero 2 material in the movie.

Down the river!

Despite the low water flow, 16 m3/sec of the recomended 25 m3/sec we found the river still good enough to paddle. The class IV rated rapids were nothing more but class II, but at least we were going down stream and the mood was good.

FiremartinwebThe distance between the bridge at Hamra and Hylströmmen where we would end our trip is 30 km.  We did 4 kilometers the first day due to a late start. The second day we hit 20 kilometers, giving us only 6 kilometers on the last day to paddle. The last 6 kilometers before Hylströmmen were quite boring to paddle with no rapids at all.

We set camp near windshelters both nights. They shelters were not buildt to sleep in så we slept in the tipi the whole trip. In the evenings we played made up quiz games by the camp fire.

Our plan was to camp at Hylströmmen on arrival and then drive back home the morning after. But the camp site at Hylströmmen didn’t fell into our liking and we decided to drive 20 kilometers further south to the big rapid called Vinströmmen. A good decision. The area at Vinströmmen was open pine forest with a great view over the river. We found a large stockpile with plenty of birch fire wood, prepered bonfire sites and a couple of benches. As our wilderness trip officially was over, we thought that we could at least treat ourselves with this kind of luxury.

The movie.

If you haven’t seen it already, here is the complete movie of our trip.

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Another new packraft

By Deliverance Team 2014.09.28 in Equipment

252688_10152729939398256_4669793156661077624_nBAKraft; a new UL packraft in 2015.

FEATURES:

It weights just under 3 kg.

It has no spray deck, but it is self bailing.

It has a dual-membrane design.

The colour of the prototype is somewhat transparent, but that may change when in production.

There are attachment points for cargo at the floor, and in upcoming models it will be possible to store cargo inside main tube.

Source: http://www.bakraft.com/

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The new packraft from Alpacka Raft

By Deliverance Team 2014.09.27 in Equipment

6398670_origEarlier this week, the American packraft manufacturer Alpacka Raft announced the release of their new genuine white water packraft.

It still has no official name, but there is a name giving contest in progress right now and the author of the winning name will get the new packraft as a price.

There is still little known about the new packraft besides the dimensions, weight and colour.

What it looks like from the official pictures, the packraft has a sturdier seat then the other models. It looks like legstraps on both sides inside of the boat, but it may also be something else. There is a tube from the traditional air vault at the right side of the boat, which gives the paddler the possibility to add more air into the packraft without leaving the seat. This is something that has only been done DYI before. http://thingstolucat.com/pimp-my-packraft/

The link to the new packraft is here.

If you have any more information about the packraft, please post your comments here or at the Deliverance Team Facebook page.

The Venture is getting closer

By Deliverance Team 2014.09.22 in Equipment

The Venture

Adversities.

We will be heading north in two weeks to shoot our new movie ‘The Venture’.

We were hoping for a little bit more rain the weeks before departure, but the weather Gods are not with us this time.  We have shortened the trip due to the expected low waterflow, but we will still be out for four days. Sadly, this also means there will be no shoots of us doing any neck breaking whitewater paddling this time. Our guess is that the rapids will be in state of class 1-2 unless any unexpected rain will fall in the next couple of weeks.

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The Gear.

Right now it looks like will be paddling two Alpacka Rafts and one Gumotex Palava, seen in this Picture above. Our initial plan was to paddle the larger and self-bailing Gumotex Baraka, but that plan unfortunately changed out of out control. One of the reasons why we choose an inflatible canoe instead of four packrafts, is that we will be sleeping in a bulky Helsport Varanger 8-10 tipi.

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Crash and Burn.

We will be using 4-5 GoPro cameras and one Sony Handycam to document the trip. We have already been shooting small parts of the movie. The picture above is from when Henrik tried to shoot some bird view scenes with a GoPro attached to a quadcopter, only to crash it in the river.

The plan is to release the first part of three of the movie in the middle of october.

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