Hi friendly pack rafters!
New to packrafting, hoping to sight one near Canberra, prior to the big purchase (of two!). Being 6’3", and keen for the multi day trips, I think I will get a couple of Explorers…not overkill?
While having a heap of whitewater kayaking gear, I am not sure that all of it is appropriate for packrafting ideals (eg low weight; bushwalking/paddling crossover).
For example, what shoes do you wear, especially if you think you will be hopping in and out of the raft (eg low water), but also particulalry if you are having to do a good walk-in first (or last). A pair of walking boots only…and walk with wet feet (not great in cold weather or for blisters)…or harden up and carry a pair of specific rafting booties?
What about the bottom half (I figure a dry top for the top half). Do you carry in, and then wear, a wetsuit? Or pull out the wallet and buy a full dry suit. Obviously it’s weather/climate dependent…but I would be interested to hear, for example, what the Tooma RIver trip folk wore…and what their comfort levels were.
I note also, that Alpaka talk about putting a thermarest in as well…anyone do that?
Happy for any info…and also if anyone if is in/visiting Canberra, I would be happy to buy you coffe/lunch/beer while I check out your packraft! Thanks already to the gentlemen offerring a look at this packraft in Bega. I will be trying to make this happen, but a bit trough to get away at the moment.