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Old 03-23-2016, 08:43 AM
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Hey guys -

Has anyone ever planned a sweet hike or trek that involved hiking and maybe a boating element?

I'd like to cache an inflatable raft with motor at a certain point, hike to it, and continue the rest of the journey by water (it's a fairly simple creek, suitable for a raft with a trolly motor/paddles).

I think it would be fun. Anyone have any tips? Any experiences?

Any info would be awesome! Thanks!

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Not for "survival" reasons at all. I did a 24hr race last year in Hawaii that included hiking / trail running -> paddling -> mt biking.

My ten cents, if this is a "survival" type thing, you either need a real motor, or just ditch the idea. Paddling or a trolling motor are slow.
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Thanks Murphy,

No it wasn't particularly for survival or anything... just thought it would chop off a bunch of time from my overall trip. I will be hiking from point A to our hunting camp (which is right on the creek) so I just thought it might be cool to try it.
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The Aqua blazes on the AT are for this very idea. People hike the white blazes and then do aqua blazes on the water, either finishing on the water or hiking more after.
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Thanks Murphy,

No it wasn't particularly for survival or anything... just thought it would chop off a bunch of time from my overall trip. I will be hiking from point A to our hunting camp (which is right on the creek) so I just thought it might be cool to try it.
Go for it man! Sounds like fun to me and if it saves time, WTF right?
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Back in scouts way back in the day we did a couple 50 mile a foot-a float trips, first part was a hiking trip and then canoes for the second half. Long time ago but remember it was a good time , the canoe part was awesome big meals at night with blazing fire right on the river bank.

Go for it.
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Any tips on where to stash, or how to conceal? I was thinking of hiding it the night before or so...

What about rain? Would I benefit from burying it?

I have no idea how to go about it!
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Pretty big $$$ loss if found by, well, not you.

If you do this, i would cache it where i or a friend control the property.
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Is there a trail you could hike then have someone meet you at a trail-head where there is a suitable river , grab the boat and keep going?

I would be hesitant on leaving something like that to be found by others.
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The smaller the creek the tougher your inflatable needs to be. Snags, sharp rocks are everywhere.

I use to inner tube the Boise river a lot. I would road bicycle up to the get in park, inflate a tube for me and one for the bike. Float down to the get out park about 2 hours and 10 miles away, deflate the tube and ride home. No parking fees.

I body surfed the run many times with a borrowed Chesapeake retriever Ginger.

We had a 6 man assault raft with 4 people. I was the only one without a life jacket. We fell into "Mike's hole" in the Payette river. I was pinned to the bottom for several minutes by the weight of the water pushing down. I managed to sort of do a pushup on the bottom and get my legs under me. I pushed off really hard, about 6" from breaking the surface an eddy current ripped off my glasses.

So I'm swimming along in mild rapids and still have my oar. I come across a second one but I let it go after a short time as it was hard to swim with 2 of them. Fighting the current was hard, the fanny pack and shoes weren't helping. I was considering kicking off my shoes so I could swim better - would have sucked once I made shore. The highway was on one side of the river. The get out point and my land cruiser was like 20 miles down stream. I also considered throwing my fanny pack towards the shore once I got close. It had my favorite pistol in the pack.

Anyway I made it out with shoes, pack and my oar. Everyone else was out too, one guy on the wrong side of the river. About 45 minutes later the raft came out of the hole upside down. The guy on my side of the river help me pull it to shore and get it righted. The guy on the wrong side of the river ran like 5 miles downstream and recovered a second oar.

The rest of the trip was uneventful. I had a spare pair of glasses in my rig.
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No motor, but a packraft is made for backpacking and adds ~8 lbs. Sets up in ~5 mins.



Or bicycling


And it'll carry your pack, or bike, across the water for one way travel. Don't expect much more than 1 mile/hr though.
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