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Watershed Mk1 Ultimate Ditch Bag (UDB) review

Weight (without backpack harness) 1100g. Capacity 96L (verified). Size (fully ‘inflated’) 90cm long x 38cm wide. Circumference 120cm. Features Grab handles at each end; holdall handles; basic backpack harness; small zipped mesh inside pocket; one-way inflation/purge valve. Fabric: Don’t know exactly, … Continue reading

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Packrafting Fitzroy – Gear

Fitzroy 1  • Fitzroy 2  • Fitzroy 3  • Fitzroy 4  • Fitzroy 5 Access One reason I chose the Fitzroy was that it seemed easy and safe by Kimberley river standards. It was easy to get to Mornington; the river covered mostly … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 4

• Fitzroy 1 – intro • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 5  Soon after dawn we stood on a small hill overlooking our camp down on the sandbank (middle point map left or picture right). For the last couple of days we’d spent most of our time … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 3

• Fitzroy 1 [intro] • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 We were up again with the light, ready for more ankle-twisting boulder portages like those which had slowed us down yesterday afternoon. Little did we know that the day would turn out to be … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 2

• Fitzroy 1 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 The video above covers Day 1 (previous post) and Day 2 which is this post. By 5am the sun had risen somewhere behind the ranges and it was light enough to get stuck into … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 1

• Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 A few minutes after the plane took off from Fitzroy Crossing (see maps or video) Jeff taped me on the shoulder and gave a thumbs up. A thousand feet below, things were looking promising. Sam … Continue reading

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Watershed Bags: Chattooga, Mk1 Ultimate Ditch Bag, Westwater

‘One Dry Bag to rule them all’ Roll-top dry bags (right) – even the best ones –  aren’t really submersion proof, are they. That’s fine for a SinK with hatches (unless they get flooded), but no so good for an … Continue reading

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Packrafting in France 2 ~ Ardeche Gorge

See also: • Chassezac • Allier guide • Packboating in southern France • Tarn Includes pix by Steve L The story so far. We’d nursed the cheapo Intex Boat Hawk II for three days from Les Vans down the Chassezac river … Continue reading

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Suilven Packrafting ~ gear report

Impressions of some of the gear I used on the Suilven trip. There’s an older ‘Packrafting in Scotland’ gear page here. Packstaff™ Made of the two shaft sections of my Aqua Bound paddle and now with a metal- tipped ‘nib’ riveted to … Continue reading

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