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July 9, 2018

"From the Doorstep" - An Exclusive Premiere of an Urban Bikerafting Adventure Tale

Adventure Stories, Bikerafting, Urban Adventure

Alpacka Raft Partners With Pursuit Films to Launch an Urban Bikerafting Adventure Tale, “From The Doorstep,” Online, July 13th In partnership with Pursuit Films, we premiered “From the Doorstep,” an urban bike and packrafting tale featuring adventurer Brian Donnelly, at the Mancos Valley River Film Festival on Saturday, June 30th. […]

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July 5, 2018

The Trout That Saved My Life

Fly Fishing, Athletes & Ambassadors

The first trout that Paolo Marchesi Caught at Age Three, at a Pay Pond by the Sesia River in the Italian Alps Saved His Life Story & photos by Paolo Marchesi I’m not sure when I started feeling the weight of depression and suicidal thoughts. But by my late twenties, […]

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June 30, 2018

40 Miles of Drops, Deep Holes, Boulder Gardens, Eddy Hopping, and Lots of Portaging on the Minam River - A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Adventure Stories

Renee Patrick, and Her Friends Kirk and Grant Take On the Minam River – A 5000 Miles of Wild Story When Kirk and I traveled to the Minam River in the Wallowa Mountains in June 2012, we hit the spring snowmelt and were faced with flows around 3,500 cfs, and […]

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June 26, 2018

2nd Annual Mancos Valley River Film Fest Film Line Up

News, Events, Reviews

Click here to buy Your Film Fest Tickets Today! FIRST HALF – ~41 MIN of FILM Alpacka Raft Wright Award Submission – 1:30 – Katie Schuler (Coral & Oak) The Land We Live In – 5:32 – Jayme Dittmar From the Doorstep – 4:00 – Pursuit Films Our Wild – […]

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June 25, 2018

Alaska Fly Fishing & Packrafting: An Inside Look at the Making of the Film, “100 Miles”

Fly Fishing

UPDATE! “100 Miles” Now Available on Vimeo Check out our Q&A With Fly Out Media Producer Cory Luoma About his Award-Winning, Alaska-Based Fly Fishing & Packrafting Film Cory Luoma and Katie Edmiston of Fly Out Media created their first film in 2011, and have made over a dozen conservation, web series, […]

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June 21, 2018

2nd Annual Mancos Valley River Film Fest, June 29-30 - All Burro & 416 Firefighters Get in Free

News, Events, Reviews

2nd Annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival, June 29 & 30: Premiering Never-Before-Seen, “From the Doorstep” Burro & 416 Firefighters Get in Free! Get your tickets today! Local nonprofit Mancos Valley Resources (MVR) and Founding Sponsor Alpacka Raft are spearheading the 2ndAnnual Mancos Valley River Film Fest with a “Local’s Night” […]

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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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June 13, 2018

Born From Necessity: The Invention of the Modern Day Inflation Bag

Packrafting History

Alpacka Raft’s Sheri Tingey and the Invention of the Modern Day Inflation Bag The original packraft inflation bag (for modern-day packrafts) was like an accordion, cylindrical and held open with metal stiffeners (stays) that Sheri Tingey found on the floor of Home Depot; bailing wire that used to hold bags […]

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June 8, 2018

You, Too, Can Learn to Packraft A Tale From Someone Who Never Imagined Boating Whitewater

Adventure Stories

A Self-Proclaimed Non-Athlete On How Even Amateurs Can Become Solid Packrafters & Have The Most Fun on Whitewater — A 5000 Miles of Wild Story Share Your Story to Support the 5000 Miles of Wild Campaign (and also get the Chance to Win a Werner Sherpa Paddle!) Photos, illustrations, & story […]

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June 4, 2018

Packrafting from Alaska Arizona - A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Adventure Stories

An Alaskan MacGyver Takes On The Grand Canyon — A 5000 Miles of Wild Packrafting Tale Share Your Story to Support the 5000 Miles of Wild Campaign (and also get the Chance to Win a Werner Sherpa Paddle!) Photos & story by David Hertel Last November, my buddy told me he […]

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May 30, 2018

Boating Lunch Counter at the APA Roundup - A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Adventure Stories

A 5000 Miles of Wild Story – Molly Harrison Overcomes her Fear of Big Rapids While Surrounded by Experts at the APA Roundup 2017 Story by Molly Harrison, video by Andy Darling, photo by Dan Ransom We had a large group on the Snake River on this day, and with […]

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May 23, 2018

Accidentally Weightless on the Gothic - A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Adventure Stories

A Packrafter’s Long Road to Recovery After a Waterfall Accident on the Gothic River is Slowed by Arthritis, But Nothing Dampens His Stoke – A 5000 Miles of Wild Story Share Your Story to Support the 5000 Miles of Wild Campaign (and also get the Chance to Win a Werner […]

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May 17, 2018

Caught in the Current: Riding Alaska’s Whitewater Packrafting Revolution

Packrafting History

Pro Team Athlete Luc Mehl Documents the Beginning of the Whitewater Packrafting Revolution   — A 5000 Miles of Wild Story Share Your Packrafting Story for the Chance to Win a Werner Sherpa Paddle! Story & photos by Luc Mehl Like most people buying packrafts 10 years ago, I wanted […]

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May 14, 2018

American Packrafting Association Roundup Happening Soon!

News, Events, Reviews

Sign Up Now! The 2018 APA’s Packraft Roundup Will Be Held Near Carbondale, Colorado By Joseph Bell, President, American Packrafting Association, cover photo by Cherri Chaple. I discovered packrafting on the internet in 2014 and was immediately obsessed with the idea of pulling a boat out of my backpack by a […]

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May 11, 2018

Our First Christmas As a Married Couple - A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Adventure Stories

Michael Russell Gives His Wife a Packraft & Takes Her on the Adventure of a Lifetime to Big Bend National Park, Texas – A 5000 Miles of Wild Story Photo & Story by Michael Russell   My wife and I are approaching our first year anniversary, later this month. But […]

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May 8, 2018

Thor & Sarah Tingey Featured in Two Podcasts

News, Events, Reviews, Packrafting History

Two Podcasters Catch up with Sarah & Thor Tingey to Discuss Everything from Conservation to the Origins of Packrafts DIY Alaska caught up with our busy owners Sarah and Thor Tingey at the 2018 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. Topics of discussion include the birth of Alpacka Raft, the contrast […]

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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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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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April 24, 2018

What Have Rivers Given You? A 5000 Miles of Wild Story

Adventure Stories

Alex LaLonde on Learning Focus, Resilience, and Respect on The Saranac River (& Other Rivers) – A 5000 Miles of Wild Whitewater Story Share Your Story for the Chance to Win a Werner Sherpa Paddle! As a way to explore some of the world’s packrafting landscape and also fulfill their […]

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April 16, 2018

Island of Forgotten Dreams: Exploring Kodiak by Foot and Packraft

Adventure Stories

Two Best Friends Hike & Packraft Across Kodiak Island Seeking Solitude and Brown Bears Follow us on Instagram to see more of Chris Miller’s photos from this trip. Story by Bjorn Dihle and photos by Chris Miller. Cover photo: Footsteps, at right, worn into the landscape from years and generations of […]

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