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Conservation Efforts

March 8, 2018

Rolling Back Escalante National Monument: The Impacts to the Packrafting Community

Conservation Efforts

Recent Efforts by President Trump and Utah’s Representatives Could Impact Access to One of the Lower 48’s Premier Wild Packrafting Landscapes March 23, 2018 update: Public meetings where you can offer input on this National Monument are happening: Wednesday, March 28 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Kanab Middle School 690 […]

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May 5, 2018

Saving a Local Favorite, Fossil Creek, AZ - A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Conservation Efforts

Chris Ramias on His Love of Fossil Creek & His Efforts to Conserve this One-of-a-Kind River – A 5000 Miles of Wild Story Share Your Story for the Chance to Win a Werner Sherpa Paddle! By Chris Ramias Fossil Creek may be the lowest-flow river preserved under the Wild and […]

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February 19, 2019

The Sacred Place Where Life Begins—A Documentary to Protect the Arctic Refuge

Conservation Efforts

Arctic Refuge Activism: A Q&A with Kristin Gates and Jeremy La Zelle, Producers of the Documentary: “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins” Finding the Refuge Alpacka Raft: Tell us about your first experience in the Arctic Refuge. When and where did you travel? Kristin Gates: Out of college, I moved […]

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June 1, 2017

Floating The Border - How Trump's Wall Might Affect the Rio Grande & Communities Around It

Conservation Efforts

Packrafting the Rio Grande to Discover the Consequences of the Border Wall In January 2017, Richard Forbes, Peter Levin, Robby Dohrn, and Gus Griffin floated along the Rio Grande for 11 days as the narrative backbone for an environmental documentary. The Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande, just downstream from Big […]

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April 15, 2019

Balkan River Tour - Join the Movement to Protect the Last of Europe's Wild Rivers

Conservation Efforts

Paddling to Protect the Last of Europe’s Wild Rivers River conservation from the seat of a packraft. Story by Carmen Kuntz, photos courtesy of Balkan River Defence unless otherwise credited. A boat, paddle and some basic whitewater skills can lead you through some incredible landscapes and into some amazing river […]

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December 21, 2017

Traversing The Canol Road - A BikeRafting Adventure Across A Failed Alaskan Pipeline

Adventure Stories, Conservation Efforts

Though it was supposed to cost just million, the Canol Road and Pipeline went million over budget in the early 1940s and turned out to be a monumental failure. Five ladies, Sinead Earley, Hannah Johnston, Rohanna Gibson, Caitlin DuBiel, and Gabriela Stephens, decided to traverse this road via […]

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June 19, 2018

Pristine & Untouched - A Photographer Shares Arctic Refuge Photos - 5000 Miles of Wild

Conservation Efforts

Adventure Photographer & Conservationist Mollie Foster Shares Photos & Her Love for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – a 5000 Miles of Wild Story. Last August I started a two-week backpacking and packrafting trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a visit to the expansive oil development in Prudhoe […]

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April 10, 2019

Save Glen Etive: A Scottish Landscape's Struggle Against Hyrdo-Electric Dams

Conservation Efforts

Story by Huw Oliver, Alpacka Raft Ambassador. Action shot of Alex Tetreault boating the Glen Etive by Alex LaLonde. Scenic photos courtesy of the Save the Glen Etive Campaign (find out more Save Glen Etive) An isolated, but iconic part of Scotland, Glen Etive is the landward extension of the long, fjord-like finger of […]

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July 22, 2019

Packrafting Conservation in Alaska's Tongass National Forest

Conservation Efforts

How packrafts are a part of conservation in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska By Maia Mares of Sitka Conservation Society. The Tongass National Forest is the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. It’a a landscape of islands, coastal mountains, and countless streams and rivers that boil with salmon returning […]

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September 14, 2018

Wild and Scenic Montana! - East Rosebud Creek Newly Designated

Adventure Stories, Conservation Efforts, News, Events, Reviews

What Makes a River “Wild and Scenic” and Why East Rosebud Creek in Montana Deserves The Designation by Kevin Colburn, the National Stewardship Director of American Whitewater Photos and story by Kevin Coburn. We call it bear spray boating, because here’s the secret: almost all the best packrafting in Montana […]

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May 2, 2018

5000 Miles of Wild: Share Your Story & Get The Chance to Win a Paddle

Conservation Efforts

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Sharing Your River Packrafting Story! Share Now For The Chance to Win a Werner Sherpa Paddle! In support of 5000 Miles of Wild, Alpacka Raft invites you to share your river-focused packrafting stories and with the 5000 Miles […]

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December 16, 2020

Hydrologist for the National Park Service

Conservation Efforts, Fly Fishing, Photo Gallery, Uncategorized

Packrafting Lake Clark National Park as a Hydrologist for the National Park Service Story by: Sam Carter After months of uncertainty due to COVID-19, I finally made it up to southwest Alaska in June of 2020.  I was privileged enough to get a job with the National Park Service, working […]

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January 30, 2018

Life & Glaciers in the Furthest Reaches of South America's Patagonia

Conservation Efforts

Patagonia’s Untold Stories About Bugs, Rafts, and Rivers R. Isaí Madriz is a Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow. Check out his latest blog post on National Geographic’s Voices blog. A field entomologist and PhD candidate, Reuben Isaí Madriz, aka “Isaí” focuses on biodiversity surveys of aquatic insects of secluded areas of the Americas. He received […]

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December 28, 2017

Conservationist, Adventurer, Alpacka Raft Legacy Ambassador – A Q&A with Brad Meiklejohn

Conservation Efforts

Brad Meiklejohn’s passion for wild places drives him to not only explore the world’s most remote regions, but also to conserve them. Through his work as Alaska State Director for The Conservation Fund, he’s been instrumental in protecting nearly half a million acres of wild lands and rivers in the […]

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May 15, 2019

Rockslides and Revelation on the River of Sorrows

Conservation Efforts

Early Season Packrafting on the Dolores River By Rica Fulton, photos by Cody Perry. On Monday March 4th, a 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit Southwest Colorado; its epicenter three miles south of Bedrock along the Dolores River. With the epicenter so close to our treasured Dolores River, we wanted to paddle through […]

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August 8, 2017

100 Colo. Businesses Urge Senators to Protect America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Conservation Efforts

Colorado’s Outdoor Industry Companies Seek to Protect National Treasure — The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge This summer more than 100 Colorado outdoor businesses, including Alpacka Raft, asked the Colorado congressional delegation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by leaving it closed to fossil fuel development. Senator Cory Gardner could be a […]

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July 17, 2018

Clean Boat, Clean Waterways

Conservation Efforts

Techniques for Cleaning Your Packraft to Keep Our Waterways Free of Invasive Species By R. Isaí Madriz  Taking time to properly clean and dry a boat is key to keeping waterways healthy and preventing the spread of introduced and invasive species, which can wreak havoc on ecosystems and their native […]

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April 21, 2020

From Packrafts to PPE

Conservation Efforts, News, Events, Reviews, Uncategorized

Switching From Packrafts to PPE Alpacka Raft helps the community by making hospital gowns in times of need. Alpacka Raft has recently switched from packrafts to Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. Since all of our packrafts are manufactured in our Mancos, Colorado shop, we have been able to […]

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December 14, 2017

Exploring Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Adventure Stories, Conservation Efforts

After staging multiple adventure trips throughout the Southwest US over the past 34 years, we finally got our chance on the Escalante River. Photos & text by Tom Bartels All four in our group had spent time in the canyon backpacking in the past, but never on the Escalante. One […]

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July 19, 2017

The Vjosa River: Europe’s Unknown Wild Jewel

Adventure Stories, Conservation Efforts

Climb, Paraglide, Packraft: 3 Adventurers Raise Awareness for one of Europe’s Last Remaining Wild Rivers European explorers Sean Villanueva, Nico Favresse, and Tom De Dorlodot recently spent a few weeks on Albania’s Vjosa River (aka the Aoös) to raise awareness for the threats to the river, including numerous proposed dams. Check out our Q&A with […]

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