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My best set up for packrafts

By Deliverance Team 2015.05.24 in Equipment

DSC_0165I have tried many different ways and gear to secure the equipment to  the packraft. The best set up for the packraft and my favouriter right now is this:

I carry tent, sleeping baf etc in the Härkila adventure waterproof duffle bag. The packing net from Biltema (small mesh non elastic) is attached with S-binders in the loops of the Alpacka Raft packraft. The net gives you an fast and easy way to secure equipment like GoPro, water bottle etc. Just stick it under the net or attach it with a snaplink.
The black camera bag from The North Face has MOLLE straps and is attached with S-biners in the net. Easy and fast excess to the camera.

Meetings in Kaljoxa Valley

By Deliverance Team 2015.05.19 in Uncategorized

Meetings in Kaljoxa Valley

The Deliverance Team, HikeVentures and Urban Packrafter in a weekend tour at Nittälven.

Movie made by Urban Packrafter.

International packrafting round-up.

By Deliverance Team 2015.04.22 in Finished Adventures

Get together.

Nitt-037The Deliverance Team was contacted by Jacob, also known as the Urban Packrafter. He and HikeVentures had this idea of doing a packraft trip together with us.
Always up for adventure and packrafting we jumped on the idea.

We agreed to show them our home water Nittälven and the date was set to 17-19 of April, to catch the best of the spring flood. The plan was to paddle the northern part of the river, starting at the tarn Lilla Nitten. However, spring flood came one month too early and we realized that the water would be too shallow at the point of date.

The starting point was therefore set to the bridge at Uvbergsbron and the finish at the wind shelter at Havsjömossen; a one and a half day paddle trip.

Cold night and frosty morning.

DSC_0101-widesmallThe Deliverance Team arrived to the area earlier than the others. The team was represented by Henrik and Martin who also brought along a packrafting green horn friend by the name of Pär.

Since Urban Packrafter and HikeVentures were supposed to arrive later that evening, we took the opportunity to check out the flood at the Brattforsen waterfall further up north.

As we expected, the water level was to low to packraft, but the fall gave us an impressive show nevertheless.

Night fell and so did the temperature, but the mosquitoes did not seem to mind the cold and the random spots of snow and ice still lingering around the area of Nittälven.

Nitt-001Urban Packrafter and HikeVentures arrived after 23:00. We had a Quick chatt and then went to sleep all five of us in a windshelter.

The night brought temperatures under zero degrees Celsius. Due to the unexpected low temperature Henrik had a lot of problems boiling water with his kitchen using summer gas.

Even flow.

Nitt-003We took off down the river as soon as we had our breakfast. The river has a nice flow the first half of the day. There are no rapids but the water is flowing in an fast pace and there are almost no need for paddle strokes at all.

This is the last weekend to start a paddle trip from Uvbergsbron. In one weeks time, the water level will be too low. pine-rafter-small

We gently drifted past pine heaths and bogs. The morning cold was starting to give in for the sun shinging down on us from an almost cloudless blue sky.

A couple of rapids.

BeerWe had lunch at Eskils Koja. Konstantin from HikeVentures had brought local beer from the Neatherlands and Jacob offered us some home smoked bacon. Henrik from The Deliverance Team introduced the forigners to the owen cooked meat called Tjälknöl.

Nitt-033After lunch we had a couple of class I rapids to pass before we were done for the day. The first ones are in the Southern part of the nature reserve of Kaljoxadalen and the other rapids called Laxforsen (The salmon rapid)  are a couple of kilometers further south. The last rapids are at the bridge called Kolbron.Nitt-012

Nitt-17Nitt-017There was no problem taking the rapids, but this were probably the last days of the season to ride the white water without hitting any stones and such.

Camp Kolbron.

Nitt-030We arrived at Kolbron after aprox six hours of paddling. Tents and tarps were raised and the traditional camp fire was lit.

We had a great time telling jokes and talking about our outdoor experiances. bottle

Nitt-027A large flock of craned flew over our heads and landed on a nearby bog. As their calls woke some of us up the next morning, Martin was already on his feet and on his way to bring life to the dying embers of last nights campfire.

Many fallen trees.

Nitt-035We had this idea that the last part of the trip was going to be an easy one. The river flows through a sandy lowland and starts to meander a lot.

strandedsmallThere was a lot more fallen trees over the river than the last time the Deliverance Team was here. We could pass under the most of them, but a couple of obstacles right before the windshelter at Havsjömossen had to be climbed over or portaged.

After the arrival to Havsjömossen and picking up cars, we honored the tradition and hit the local pizzeria at Kopparberg. Before we said goodbye to each other, we decided to have another packraft adventure together…

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ENTHRALLED

By Deliverance Team 2015.04.05 in Movies

Feathercraft BayLee1

By Deliverance Team 2015.03.29 in Equipment

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The BayLee1 is a light weight packraft from the Canadian Company Feathercraft.

It has larger cousins, the BayLee2 and The Beast. The BayLee1 is more expansive than the similar packrafts from Alpacka Raft. It has the old school Alpacka Raft look, before they introduced the big butt version in 2011.

The BayLee1 is available with or without spraydeck and self bailing floor.

The fabric is the same as Alpacka Raft uses for their packrafts; uruthane covered nylon cloth.

The seat is placed a little bit away from the stern unlike the Alpacka Raft packrafts, and it gives the possibility to store a smaller drybag behind the seat.

There are handles in both stern and bow for carrying and dragging the packraft, something that I really miss on the Alpacka Rafts.11104197_10152786401427444_59118319_n

The D-rings on top of the BayLee1 are great, but should be placed further up the bow. As a resault a large puddle of water collects on top of the spray deck when they are used to secure luggage.

The air valve is different from Alpacka Raft models. It has the same push valves as the inflatible canoes from Gumotex.

Unilke the Alpacka Rafts, all the valves and nozzles are placed protected inside of the boat.

To air fill the BayLee1 you connect an adapter to the valve and then the air bag to the adapter. The rest is the same as on the Alpacka packrafts; fill the bag with air and push the air into the tubes. The BayLee1 has two air tubes unlike the Alpacka Rafts that only uses one.11096845_10152786401382444_2102181177_n

 

11091164_10152786401362444_129711087_nLength:

203 cm

Width:

94 cm

Weight:

2,95 kg (without spray deck)

3,4 kg (with spray deck)

4,54 kg (with self bailing floor)

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Avanza Kayak

Season premiere: Northern Nittälven

By Deliverance Team 2015.03.23 in Finished Adventures

Early Spring Flood

The spring flood came one month earlier this year. Mikael and Henrik decided to grab the opportunity for some packrafting down the river Nittälven.

Equiped with one Alpacka Raft, one BayLee1 and a Helsport Varanger 8-10 tipi we hit the gravel roads towards the river.

The information about the condition of  the roads was wrong. We choose the sand road that passes by the meadow Dansarbacken. The road was 50% ice and 50% quicksand. The nearly got stuck with our cars several times.

2015-03-22-10.11.58Basecamp Uvbergsbron

We set our camp near the bridge Uvbergsbron. Our plan was to sleep here over night and the next morning drive one car to the village Nittkvarn/Yxsjöberg 10 kilometers up North, paddle back South and return to basecamp at the end of the day.

Because we had a basecamp to return to, we could treat ourselves to a little luxury; stove, proper food, and several comfortable sheepskins to sleep on.

As the evening fell over our basecamp, we made owen baked pizza in the stove.

Over night the temperature dropped and it started to snow a lot. We woke up to a beautiful winter landscape and as the sun started to rise on a clear sky.

 

Going Down

We drove one car to the starting Point. Our plan was to paddle through Nittälven Nature Reserve, something that has never been documented being done before. We did not know if it was possible doing, but we thought that we at least should give it a try.20150321_161228_Aladin_Ldgr

At first it seemed promising. The river was wide and deep enough. We paddled through  beautiful nature. The trees was covered in fresh snow that glittered in the sun as it blew off the branches. Magic!

The troubled began after a couple of houndred meters. The valve to Mikaels packraft seat broke and he had to sit on the bottom of the packraft. The river got too small to paddle and with several minor waterfalls up ahead, we decided to leave the river and walk pass the Nature Reserve one kilometers down to the tarn Lilla Nitten. When we arrived to the tarns we found ourselves in campany with two other guys paddling an Gumotex Palava. They recognized us as The Deliverance Team and told us that they have had the same idea of paddeling the Nittälven Nature Reserve, but had to give it up just like we did.

Mikael, now without a seat in his BayLee1 packraft, borrowed a drybag stuffed with Henriks dry change of clothes. Of course the drybad did not stand for that and all of Henriks clothes got soaking wet after a while.

Bye, Bye GoPros

As we paddled down the river, through the Upper Nittälven Nature Reserve, Henrik dropped both of his GoPro3′s in the river and they were lost for ever. All of our Beautiful winter Pictures and videos are now laying at the bottom of Nittälven. We had nothing to to show from our adventure. A feeling of hopelessness started to spread. Mikael was wet and “fucking sick” of his broken packraft and spent the rest of his journey cursing his vessel.

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As we arrived to the Brattforsen Waterfall, enough was enough for Mikael and the other two guys in the Palava that had accompanied us since Lilla Nitten.

Henrik who knew the sudden waterfall behind a bend of the river paddled first and jumped of his packraft in the strong current to catch the BayLee1 and the Palava from going over the waterfall.

The soaking wet Palava guys decided to camp at Brattforsen and Mikael simply pulled his non-functioning packraft out of the water and walked the remaining four kilometers back to basecamp.

Henrik, now along on the river, continued South after a short portage at the waterfall.

 

Another Broken Packraft

Just after leaving Brattforsen behind, Henrik discovered that thare was a hole in the bottom of his packraft. Cold water sprinkled into the packraft and though he had waterproof cloathing, the cold was pretty disturbing. He spend the last kilometers sitting on top of the stern of the packraft to prevent freezing his balls off.

All’s Well that end Relatively Well

Mikael and Henrik arrived back to basecamp at the same time. The stove was lit and soon the warmth started to spread in the tipi.

We made some pulled beef, drank some warm Glögg (mulled wine) and reveled in our misery.

We had  broken two packrafts, lost two GoPro cameras and with them an entire winter packrafting movie, but our spirit for adventure is still there.

Until next time.

This is the small hole in the packraft.

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Härkila Expedition

By Deliverance Team 2015.03.08 in Equipment

Waterproof  Expedition duffel bag from Härkila.

h03This duffel is designed for hunters, but is an interesting item for the tacticool packrafter.

It is available in three sizes: 40 L, 75 L and 100 L.

This one is a 75 L bag and the weight is 1,93 kg.h11

Packraft and paddle inside the duffel, and still plenty of room for your other equipment.h06

Notice the small waterproof side pocket above the handle.h04

The bag has roll down closure.h05

Buckle on both sides of the bag. This is the biggest flaw on the bag, It will not seal 100%. and the duffel will  have leakage if submerged under water.

The shoulder straps can be hidden if the duffel is carried in its other handles, but it works great as a back pack.

The shoulder straps and the rest of the bag is fast drying.h02

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