OUR PACKRAFTING BLOG
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.
Countless glaciers are also lurking in the valleys along the way, including the “Campo de hielo”, one of Earth’s biggest freshwater reserves. I guess you caught my drift: Southern Chile is indeed criss-crossed by a massive network of lakes and rivers, some of which flow along the Carretera Austral and therefore make it a bikerafter’s heaven.
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.
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.
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 !
Wow, what a weekend! We kept repeating this phrase again and again while reluctantly driving away from Camp Liza which was our base for the 4 day meet-up. It seemed weeks ago that we had arrived along the same road, full of excitement about the upcoming event.