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April 7, 2021

Packrafting Podcast: Sarah Histand


Packrafting Podcast #9 and Packrafting Workout A Candid Conversation with mental health-informed adventure fitness trainer, Sarah Histand. Story and Interview by Dulkara Martig In the Packrafting Podcast, Episode 9, Dulkara Martig talks to Sarah Histand from Alaska. This candid conversation is a great one. From packrafting to fitness and so […]


April 6, 2021

Packrafting the Grand Canyon in the Forager


Packrafting the Grand Canyon in the Forager—This couple’s self-supported adventure. Story by: Hannah Shininger | Photos by: Hannah and John Shininger Back in December, my husband and I entered one of the National Park’s follow-up lotteries for a permit to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Miraculously, we […]


March 22, 2021

Fatbiking and Packrafting to Bristol Bay: A Conversation with Bjørn Olson


Fatbiking and Packrafting to Bristol Bay: A Conversation with Bjørn Olson Photos and Story by Bjorn Dihle In 2013, Bjørn Olson decided to fatbike and packraft from Cook Inlet to Bristol Bay via the northern shore of 77-mile long Lake Iliamna. He joked—well, it might not entirely be a joke—that […]


February 18, 2021

2021 Dogs of Packrafting


The #DogsOfPackrafting (And Cats Too!) Photo Contest Winners Announced We had so many fantastic entries submitted during this year’s annual #DogsOfPackrafting (and cats too!) photo contest. Thank you to everyone who participated on both Facebook and Instagram. Your votes were tallied, and the winners are… First Place – Gary the Cat […]


February 9, 2021

A Bikerafting Film: Helen's Story

Adventure Stories, Bikerafting, Packrafting Safety, Athletes & Ambassadors

Helen’s Story Follow her journey on the first bikerafting instructional course in New Zealand through Packrafting Queenstown. Story, Photos and Film by: Deane Parker of Deane Parker Adventure Channel.  Bikerafting for me was my introduction to Packrafting, I’d paddled a packraft for about 4 hours prior to loading a bike on a […]


February 8, 2021

Packrafting Kids: My name is Alexander Watt, I’m 12.

Adventure Stories, Family & Kids

Packrafting Kids: My name is Alexander Watt, I’m 12. Story by: Alexander Watt | Photos by: Jeremiah Watt My name is Alexander Watt, I’m 12, this summer, to get out to do stuff other than sit on my computer because of COVID-19 (which I still do a lot) I’ve started […]


February 4, 2021

Katie Guest: A love for water never dies.

Bikerafting, Photo Gallery, Athletes & Ambassadors

A love for water never dies. A story by Team USA Triathlete Katie Guest Story and Photos | Katie Guest Some athletes describe something called the “flow state”. It is described in many ways but is essentially a mode in which a person’s muscle memory and body can do a […]


January 14, 2021

Doing the Fisherfield Twist


Doing the Fisherfield Twist New takes on adventures close to home. Story & Photos by Huw Oliver Well, 2020 was one hell of a year, wasn’t it? Nobody needs reminding of the ways our lives have been affected by the pandemic, but among the difficulties and hardship there have been […]


January 4, 2021

Packrafting Podcast: William Vandoorne

Adventure Stories, Packrafting Podcast

Adventures with Willem Vandoorne, a Belgian with a love of long journeys in remote places. And enjoy a new “The Packrafting Podcast” episode to inspire you for the New Year!  Words by Dulkara Martig | Photos supplied by Willem Vandoorne Willem Vandoorne is a packrafter from Belgium, who has a […]


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 […]


December 2, 2020

Packrafting Jasper’s North Boundary

Adventure Stories, Trip Ideas

Packrafting Jasper’s North Boundary Story by: Rachel Davies The North Boundary Trail is a well-known track winding along the northern-most edge of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We’d heard rumor of its remoteness and seen countless pictures of towering mountain vistas and glaciers running into pristine waters. […]


August 20, 2020

The Wild and Scenic Deschutes River

Adventure Stories

The Wild and Scenic Deschutes – Journal Notes From A Wild and Scenic Packrafting Adventure


August 6, 2020

Staying Sketchy Safely

Bikerafting, Packrafting Safety, Trip Ideas

Staying Sketchy Safely Artwork and Story by Kayla Lopez Like most of the world, since the Coronavirus spread, my life took an unexpected turn. I was no longer able to hold a clear vision of what the year would unfold for the world, let alone my plans for the following […]


July 21, 2020

Anniversary Trip-One Alpacka For Fun


Just one paddle, one pole and one Alpacka for fun. A wedding anniversary trip to remember and a great celebratory poem to boot. Poem by: John Rovick | Photos by: Gabe Rovick How does a packraft and fishing trip sound for a wedding anniversary celebration? Gabe and Lisa Rovick recently […]


July 6, 2020

A packrafters paradise: South West New Zealand – Te Wāhipounamu

Adventure Stories, Packrafting Podcast, Athletes & Ambassadors

A packrafters paradise: South West New Zealand – Te Wāhipounamu Alpacka Raft Ambassador, Dulkara Martig, tells us about one of her favorite parts of New Zealand. And, she introduces us to one of its most prolific packrafters, Stanley Mulvany.  Words by: Dulkara Martig | Photo above: Scotty Sinton There’s a […]


June 18, 2020

Round River Conservation Studies & CONAF


Packraft Use By The Round River Conservation Studies & CONAF Conservation and Environmental Education in Chile. Last year, Alpacka Raft donated packrafts to Round River Conservation Studies, and their partner CONAF (The Chilean National Forestry Service). CONAF is a private, not-for profit entity under the Ministry of Agriculture, through which […]


June 15, 2020

Race And Accessibility In The Outdoors


Race And Accessibility In The Outdoors Why we need to do more. Written by: Thor Tingey, Alpacka Raft CEO & Co-OwnerPhoto Credit: Jacob Moon Over the past couple weeks, Alpacka has shared stories from our friends and partners about their experiences as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) in the […]


May 27, 2020

Packrafting Belize


Packrafting Belize Caves, Waterfalls and Remote Jungle Paddling in the Land of the Maya Story and Photos by: David Plante Background:I’ve been fortunate to have paddled many rivers in the Canadian North over the past 3 decades using hardshell canoes, folding canoes, oar rafts, SOAR boats and kayaks. Two milestones […]


May 13, 2020

The Packrafting Podcast

Adventure Stories, Packrafting Podcast, Trip Ideas, Athletes & Ambassadors

The Packrafting Podcast Dulkara Martig, Alpacka Raft athlete, has just launched the first podcast specifically dedicated to packrafting, ‘The Packrafting Podcast‘. We asked her why she’s doing it and to tell us a bit about the first episode. About ‘The Packrafting Podcast’ from Founder, Dulkara Martig. My goal is that […]


May 5, 2020

New Species Across Patagonia’s Waterways


In Search of New Species Across Patagonia’s Waterways Photos by: Anand Varma and R. Isaí Madriz In 2017 entomologist, Fulbright Fellow and National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Isaí Madriz relocated from the United States to the Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia to begin the first insect conservation program in the region. […]