Monday, June 11, 2012

PACKRAFTING, THE FIRST YEAR

Sal on the Travers River, NZ.

I first heard about the use small inflatable boats to float down wilderness rivers in the late nineties. The protagonists were Alaskan and they used packrafts as a tool to help them move quickly through huge chunks of backcountry during the original adventure race, The Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic. After our '09 NZ trip Sal and I decided we wouldn't return to the southern alps without packrafts. We finally placed our order with Alpacka early last year and it has honestly been one of the best decisions we've ever made. For anyone with an interest in exploring wild places or just wants to add another element to their time outside, I can't recommend a packraft highly enough. 



The Nymboida/Mann video

On Teewah creek.

Putting in on the Sabine River, NZ.

Going for a cruise on Lake Angelus, NZ.

Danno on the Obi last weekend.


The Nelson Lakes video.