2020 European Packrafting Meet-up & Testival

2020 European Packrafting Meet-up & Testival

This is a very special year and even if the Meet-up happened at a different time and place than originally scheduled, we are stoked that it was still possible!

It was the 3rd edition of the European Packrafting Meet-up, and it feels like it just keeps getting better and better every year :-) The 2020 Meet-up united around 50 participants from 10 nationalities at Salza river in Wildalpen, Austria, which turned out a to be a perfect location for running different workshops and clinics right in front of the campground.

Oktober 01, 2020 — Michaela Crockford-Laserer
Packraft Europe Bikerafting Alpacka Raft Caribou Chile

Bikerafting along the Carretera Austral, Chile

An epic adventure by packraft and bike - Bikerafting along the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to El Chalten. 1180km on bike - 360km on  packraft - 30 days riding

The Carretera Austral is today what should be on every cyclist’s radar:  a gem. The 1240 km of asphalt and dirt roads lead you to areas of incredible scenic beauty, from lush forests to snow-covered peaks, waterfalls and lagoons, while these images spark within you a sense of adventure like only such remoteness can arouse.

Juni 07, 2020 — Seon Crockford-Laserer
Packrafting Alpacka Oryx packraft

Family Packrafting Guide

We often get asked about packrafting with kids and/ or packrafting as a family. So we decided to share a few of our experiences and some recommendations in order to make it a little easier for you to get started, or perhaps help improve your family packrafting experiences. Our first family packrafting trip was when our eldest daughter was less than a year old and many other adventures have since followed.
April 09, 2020 — Seon Crockford-Laserer
Bikerafting

This is Bikerafting - Tips & Video by Deane Parker

To the uninitiated, bikerafting must be the weirdest thing! A tiny inflatable raft carrying a person and a blinged out bike? Must be a bit wacko.
But Bikerafting allows more exploration, access, and ability to move through backcountry self-sufficiently all while enjoying the diverse landscapes of track and torrent or bodies of water. Start small, build up, and don’t be put off packrafts by any negative experiences you’ve had in kayaks or canoes. Packrafts are highly technical crafts that are super stable, manoeuvrable, and durable – the perfect tool for the part time paddler.
September 02, 2019 — Deane Parker
Balkan River Tour

Paddling to Protect

A packraft can give you access to the places that fuel you. And can also be a tool to protect the rivers and water systems that nourish you and nourish our earth. Right now, more than ever, those wild places need help. They need protection. They need paddle-wielding warriors.
Juli 04, 2019 — Michaela Crockford-Laserer
Packrafting Sweden Nordic Roundup

Packrafting in Sweden & Nordic Roundup

As soon as we heard about the Nordic Packrafting Meet-up, we knew that we had to join. Sweden and Scandinavia provide some of the last extended wilderness areas in Europe and are therefore great places for us to go packrafting!
Juni 08, 2019 — Michaela Crockford-Laserer
Packrafting with Alpacka Raft

Land + Water = Packraft

Ein Packraft ist ein ultra leichtes, aufblasbares und robustes Boot.

Es lässt sich auf die Größe eines Schlafsackes zusammenpacken und wiegt nur um die 2KG. Es gibt verschiedenste Modelle und Ausführungen, vom leichten Einsitzer, über 2 Personen Packrafts zum vollausgerüsteten Wildwasser Packraft mit Spritzdecke und Kniegurten.

 

Mai 22, 2019 — Michaela Crockford-Laserer
European Packrafting Meet-up Soca

2019 European Packrafting Meet-up

It's May 1st and we are on our way to Soca for the second edition of the Annual European Packrafting Meet-up.  Good people, a wild and free flowing river, workshops on safety and packrafting, presentaions, and films and over 2600€ raised for river conservation. All the ingredients for a great event...
Mai 12, 2019 — Michaela Crockford-Laserer
2018 European Packrafting Meet up. Group paddle of the Soca River

2019 Packrafting Meet-ups and Destinations

It's the beginning of a new year and like us you are probably starting to plan which trips to take and which meet ups and events to attend. To make the decision easier, we have written a month by month overview with the main packrafting meet-ups and destinations listed. Get ready for a great year of packrafting ! 

Februar 22, 2019 — Michaela Crockford-Laserer
Alpacka Forager in whitewater during packrafting meet up.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for packrafting in whitewater.

This is blog post is aimed at paddling whitewater class II and above. However the gear presented below will be of benefit in any whitewater or paddling environment.
Gear is not a substitute for Training, Practice, Experience and Judgement.