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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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December 6, 2017

A Trekking 1st: Fisherman Justin Barbour and his dog, Saku, Fish & Packraft Their Way Across Newfoundland

Adventure Stories, Fly Fishing

A Man & His Dog Make the 1st Trek Across the Remote Newfoundland Wilderness, Feeding Themselves With Fish Along The Way Over the last few years Justin Barbour has completed and filmed solo long distance trips throughout his province. Last year he found a new adventure partner–his Cape Shore Water […]

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November 24, 2017

Packraft Packing Systems for On the Water + the *New* Expedition Bow Bag

News, Events, Reviews

Alpacka Raft Pro Team Athlete Dulkara Martig on Her Preferred Packing Methods for Packrafting Adventures Sign up for our email to find out about specials and discounts: http://eepurl.com/c91LOf Dulkara’s Packing System My favorite packrafting trips are remote and long, involving multisports or rugged sections of hiking before I get to a river. […]

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November 19, 2017

Making the Waiau-toa Odyssey - Behind the Scenes Look at an Award-Winning NZ BikeRafting Film

Adventure Stories

Checking In With the Waiau-Toa Odyssey Crew. What’s Next? This summer we premiered the award-winning New Zealand film, “Waiau-Toa Odyssey,” at the Mancos Valley River Film Festival, a fundraising event sponsored by Alpacka Raft. As a follow-up this fall, we asked Damian Stones, one of the athletes and the main […]

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November 13, 2017

Packrafting Across Nepal - A Creative & Adventurous Way to Graduate from University

Adventure Stories

“Expeditionary Studies Students” Alex LaLonde and Theodore “Ted” Tetrault Explore Nepal’s Packrafting Landscapes for Capstone Project As a way to explore some of the world’s packrafting landscape and also fulfill their final Capstone Project at SUNY Plattsburgh (a graduation requirement), the duo of Ted Tetrault and Alex LaLonde will spend 40 […]

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November 8, 2017

*Limited Edition* Lime Green Fabric + 10% Off Sale Starts Today - Check Out The Photo Gallery

News, Events, Reviews

Limited Edition Lime Green Fabric Now Available 10% OFF All Pre-Orders — Get Yours Today! In the mid 1600s, the poet Pedro Calderon de la Barca said, “Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” We dig the new lime green color, especially […]

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November 3, 2017

Packrafting Safety: From the Armchair to High Adventure, Part III

Packrafting Safety

How To Mitigate the Dangers of Packrafting By Chad Oelke, cover shot by Mike Curiak In the third of this three-part series, we explore ways to mitigate the dangers of packrafting through: acquiring paddling skills and quickly responding to hazards; how to gain experience and good judgement; common causes of accidents; […]

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October 27, 2017

Packrafting Safety: From the Armchair to High Adventure, Part II

Packrafting Safety

Understanding Risk & Packrafting Safety In the second of this three-part series, we explore how to alleviate the dangers of swiftwater travel, including: the basics of reading water; anticipating river flow and force; how bends, gradient, and constrictions change river flow; understanding river features: eddies, waves, and holes; reading rapids; […]

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October 24, 2017

Employee Trip Profile - Molly Harrison & Crew Explore the Brooks Range by Raft

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

This summer, Alpacka Raft Customer Service Rep Molly Harrison and four close friends trekked 160 miles through the Brooks Range “There is still wild country left to explore, and we saw the tiniest piece of it up in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”

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October 20, 2017

Packrafting Safety: From the Armchair to High Adventure, Part I

Packrafting Safety

Exploring The Nature of Risk & How We Can Mitigate the Dangers of Packrafting In the first of this three-part series, we explore the nature of risk, why we seek it out, and the gear we need to stay safe. Read part II and and part III. By Chad Oelke In […]

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October 12, 2017

4 Guys, 4 Packrafts, 10 Rivers - Traversing the Mackenzie Mountains on Foot & Packraft

Adventure Stories

Four Adventurers Take On Alaska’s Mackenzie Mountains Via Foot & Packraft Photos by Paul Burbidge. Follow us on Instagram to see additional photos from their adventure. In August, Sky Pearson, Dylan Stewart, Paul Christensen, and Paul Burbidge hiked 620+ miles, paddled 10 rivers, and portaged 93 miles in 21 days, […]

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October 2, 2017

Youngest Adventure Racer Finishes AR World Championships

News, Events, Reviews

Hunter Leidinger Becomes the Youngest Adventure Racer to Ever Compete in the Sport’s World Event When Team AR Geogria crossed the finish line at the AR World Champs in Wyoming this afternoon there was a small crowd gathered there greet them … and a golden trophy waiting for one of […]

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September 27, 2017

Adventurer Christian Clot Traverses 4 Extreme Environments to Study Human Adaptability

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

Explorer and researcher Christian Clot succeeded in multiple solo traverses of extreme environments on his expedition – Adaptation 4×30. Christian Clot traversed the four most extreme environments on earth by foot and by raft to study the adaptability of human beings. He first crossed Iran’s Dasht-E Lut desert, the hottest […]

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September 11, 2017

8 Days Packrafting Idaho's Middle Fork

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

A Packraft Adventure on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho Follow us all this week on Instagram to see more photos & read more stories by Dan Ransom The Middle Fork is definitely not a traditional packrafting river. It’s one of the most famous and popular river trips in America, with over […]

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September 5, 2017

Rig To Flip, Dress to Swim: Setting up for Packrafting Success

Packrafting Safety

5 Key Things to Consider When Rigging Your Packraft for Safety Photos & text by Monica Morin (with the help of the Alaska packraft community) There are a million ways to rig a whitewater craft, but the idea is the same no matter where you are around the world. When […]

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August 29, 2017

From Russia With Packrafting Love - Stories from Chukotka

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

August Instagram Takeover: Featuring Russian Adventure Photographer Timur Akhmetov My name is Timur, and I live in the far far East of Russia – Chukotka. This territory is directly across the Bering Strait from Alaska. I am an Environmentalist on a gold mine; I work shift by shift, which is […]

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August 14, 2017

Bikeraft Scotland - Two Adventurers Inspire with Instagram Photo Gallery

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

Huw Oliver & Annie Lloyd-Evans Showcase Stunning Bikeraft Scotland Shots in Recent @Alpacka_Raft #InstagramTakeover Scottish adventurers Huw Oliver and Annie Lloyd-Evans recently took over our Instagram page to showcase their bikeraft Scotland photos. You can read more about their trips on Oliver’s blog, including his latest, “Way out West: Bikerafting in the Outer […]

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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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August 1, 2017

Packrafting Sjaunja - A Swedish Paddler's Paradise

Adventure Stories, Photo Gallery

Three Adventurers Explore One of the World’s Largest Unmodified Natural Areas Cultivated by Humans Check out our Instagram page August 3-6 to see more stunning shots of Sjaunja. Adventurer and packrafter Caj Koskinen recently reached out to us to share some of the stunning photos he shot while packrafting through […]

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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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