I’m just working my way through Roman’s excellent book, and working out whether to get the Scout or Alpaca (I’m 5’7").
One question I have is about the risk of losing your pack when it’s lashed to the raft. I’m usually out hiking solo, and the thought of watching my raft and pack float down the river to get stuck in a gorge that I can’t even see into worries me. Losing the raft would be upsetting, but losing my shelter + sleeping bag would be a serious matter for me 2+ days walk from anywhere in bad weather. My gear is light, but not so light I can fit it all into my pockets
So my question would be, just how easy is it to lose a raft? I don’t plan on tackling difficult bits of water for some time (I haven’t got any previous experience on the water), but I’ve got no doubt that there will be falling out as I learn.
The book fairly clearly advocates sitting and lashing a pack to the front of the boat: what are the disadvantages of kneeling and wearing a pack instead? I can use a foam pad to give my knees a little bit of protection.
Thanks for any advice!