This Is Packrafting
Deane Parker recently took a group of mostly first time packrafters on a two day ride and paddle in the Lake Summer Forest Park. Follow the crew as they ride, take a dip in a natural hot spring and discover the independence of bikerafting.
Bristol Bay may be most famous for having the world’s biggest run of sockeye and unparalleled fishing opportunities. Its watersheds also have incredible adventure opportunities — everything from day trips to epic Bilbo Baggins’ sort of journeys.
Paddling Blind. Erik Weihenmayer paddles Alaska for the new Welcome to Earth Series with Will Smith
I’ve been running class III/IV in a whitewater-outfitted open canoe for more than three decades. I bought that first Alpacka, a Denali Llama, primarily for tripping on easy rivers. I eventually moved into whitewater--but deep down, I knew that a middle-aged recreational paddler couldn’t do the same things in a packraft that I was doing in my hard boat.
Bikerafting Iceland's South Coast with Chris Burkard and Steve "Doom" Fassbinder
Eszter and her crew grabbed their bikes and packrafts and headed out on an overnight bikerafting adventure just outside of Moab.
I was shaking like a leaf. I raised my hand in front of my face and tried to hold it level, but the shaking only increased. With the rapid roaring in the background, I looked around at my friends on the river bank, securing spray skirts and reattaching throw bags. No one else seemed to be affected... Read more in the second article in a three-part series about how to recover our “mental” edge after a scary swiftwater incident.
As I approached my boat after completing a scout of the class III rapid, I did a quick assessment of my current mental state. I was dysregulated and feeling quite anxious. In fact, my rational brain knew that the level of fear and anxiety I felt far outmatched the current situation ... Read more in the second article in a three-part series about how to recover our “mental” edge after a scary swiftwater incident.