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April 9, 2018

A Desert Wander

Adventure Stories

10 Fort Lewis College Adventurers Hike & Packraft 80 Miles of Uninhabited Desert Country Below Clay Hills to The San Juan Arm of Lake Powell Photos & story by Brett Davis “For afterwards a man finds pleasure in his pains, when he has suffered long and wandered long. So I will […]

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April 4, 2018

What You Need to Know to Go On a Self-Supported Grand Canyon Adventure

Adventure Stories, Athletes & Ambassadors

From Packing to Boat Care, our Ambassador Casey Fulton Reviews What You Need to Know to Succeed on a Self-Supported Packraft Adventure on the Grand Canyon Story & photos by Casey Fulton, Alpacka Raft Ambassador There might only be one piece of advice I can confidently offer a river lover, […]

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March 28, 2018

2 Explorers Reflect on Their Bikerafting Adventures, The Future of This Activity, and More

Bikerafting, Athletes & Ambassadors

A Q&A with Scottish Adventurers Annie Lloyd-Evans and Huw Oliver About Their Bikerafting Adventures Alpacka Raft ambassadors Huw Oliver and Annie Lloyd-Evans are Scottish outdoor educators, guides, and long-time cyclists who love to explore wild, lonely landscapes. In recent years, the duo discovered packrafts, and both agree, doors opened up […]

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March 20, 2018

Alpacka Raft Caribou Packraft & Aqua-Bound Whiskey Fiberglass 4pc Paddle Sweepstakes

Bikerafting, News, Events, Reviews

Congratulations to Our Randomly-Chosen Sweepstakes Winner, Tom Gilmore of New Smyrna Beach, Florida! From Tuesday, March 20th at noon until Tuesday, April 3rd at noon, Alpacka Raft and Aqua-Bound are partnering up to do a giveaway worth .00! Win one of Alpacka’s brand new Caribou Packrafts, ideal for bikerafting and solo […]

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March 16, 2018

Packrafting Safety: Foot Entrapment

Packrafting Safety

Swiftwater safety instructor, Scott Solle, shares information on how to assist a fellow packrafter with a foot entrapment Disclaimer: This post is in not intended to be a substitute for proper training. No book or blog post can replace proper instruction nor practice of the techniques taught in a formal […]

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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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March 5, 2018

A Brief History of Bikerafting (aka “Nature Biking,” aka “Hell Biking,” aka Anything But “Bikepacking,” please)

Adventure Stories, Bikerafting, Packrafting History

Biking & Rafting (aka Bikerafting): An Early History of Two Human-Powered Travel Methods From the Perspective of Some Legendary Adventurers By Lizzy Scully, with significant help from Steve “Doom” Fassbinder and Roman Dial “Bikes and rafts are a really cool combination, one that will make you feel clever, especially when […]

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February 22, 2018

The Adventure Dispatch - Featuring Pro Team Athlete Steve "Doom" Fassbinder

Adventure Stories, Athletes & Ambassadors

Photographer, Adventurer, and Alpacka Raft Ambassador Steve Fassbinder on Film In this episode of The Adventure Dispatch, Steve Fassbinder and Adam Zurn head to the timeless red deserts of the American West for an adventure that pushes the boundaries of a bike’s perceived limitations. Fly in to the middle of […]

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February 20, 2018

Alpacka Raft Pro Team Athlete Spotlight – Mike Curiak

Athletes & Ambassadors

A Thousand Miles – A Q&A on Bikes, Packrafts, and Long Distance Wilderness Travel with Alpacka Raft Pro Team Athlete Mike Curiak Mike Curiak likes to be out in the mountains, woods, or desert, without too many other people around. His ideal trips are on foot, on bikes and/or boats, […]

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February 14, 2018

Alpacka Raft Pro Team Athlete Spotlight – Luc Mehl

Athletes & Ambassadors

When the Blue Lines Became Trails – Tales From Luc Mehl: Adventurer, Conservationist, & Alpacka Raft Pro Team Athlete Luc Mehl Stylin’ the 205 rapid in the Grand Canyon from Alpacka Raft on Vimeo. In 2007, Luc Mehl borrowed his first packraft, intending to use it to extend the backpacking […]

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February 6, 2018

Alpacka Raft Pro Team Athlete Spotlight - Dulkara Martig

Adventure Stories, Athletes & Ambassadors

From barefoot childhood wanderings to long-distance, multi-sport trips, Dulkara Martig was born into adventure Throughout February we will be featuring our new 2018 Pro Athlete Team—Dulkara Martig, Steve “Doom” Fassbinder, Luc Mehl, and Mike Curiak. Each of these athletes boasts a wide spectrum of skills, from mountain biking to climbing […]

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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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January 22, 2018

The Caribou – A Modern Take on an Original Classic Boat (Bikeraft, Backpack, Hunt)

News, Events, Reviews

The Caribou – Alpacka’s New Front End Loader, Designed as a Bikeraft; Ideal for Backpackers Exploring Big Packrafting Landscapes; The Ultralight Option for Solo Big Game Hunters. Includes Our Exclusive, Innovative, & new “Late Rise Bow” Buy it Now! Comes in Mallard Green or Persimmon “Thirty-one years ago I had […]

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January 22, 2018

The 2018 Forager - The Hunting & Fishing Packraft

News, Events, Reviews

The 2018 Forager — The Ultimate Two-Person Backcountry Adventure Packraft is Now Better and More Affordable To Be Launched in Early April! The 2018 Forager is the ideal two-person river trip packraft, perfect for sportsmen, families, and wilderness fly-in float trips. The heart of the 2018 Forager is the new […]

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January 22, 2018

First #DogsOfPackrafting Photo Contest Winners!

Dogs of Packrafting, Photo Gallery

Congratulations to the winner of our #DogsofPackrafting Photo Contest! Check out all the entries!

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January 14, 2018

Buy Packrafts Not Smartphones - A Packraft & Climbing Adventure in the Weminuche

Adventure Stories

Exploring the Eastern Weminuche Wilderness of Southwest Colorado Photos & text by Katie Grauel The Animas River flows from just outside Silverton, Colo., cutting a deep river valley through the San Juan Mountains. In 2015, the EPA accidentally released a flood of contaminated water into Cement Creek previously trapped in […]

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January 7, 2018

Adventure Bikes and Whale Bones - Bjørn Olson

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

In the summer of 2017, four Alaskan adventurers, Bjørn Olson, Kim McNett, Daniel Countiss, and Alayne Tetor, set out from the village of Point Hope and fat biked and packrafted to the northern-most community in the United States, Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow). Photos and captions by Bjørn Olson.

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January 3, 2018

Gabriel Gersch's Outventurous Venture - Guiding the Wilds of Greenland

Adventure Stories

Adventurer, guide, and owner of Outventurous, Gabriel Gersch recently did an Instagram Takeover for Alpacka Raft of his exploratory packrafting trip to Greenland. Of adventure, Gersch says, “It begins with leaving our comfort zone in pursuit of intense, challenging and extraordinary moments. Life offers all kinds of ways to get […]

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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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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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