May 30, 2012

What is a packraft anyway?

There are a few good websites out there that trace the evolution of the packraft. According to the folks at Alpacka Raft, packrafting can be loosely defined as "boating with a small packable boat that can be carried easily to wherever you want to use it."

Pretty simple!

The folks at have a pretty extensive history of the packraft beginning with Lieutenant Peter Halkett of the Royal Navy in 1844. 20 years after the invention of waterproof fabrics, Halkett introduced the "Cloth-Boat" that could also be worn as a cloak. Fast forward to 2000, and the modern packraft as we know it begins to take shape and can actually be used in moving water with some control. (check out the above links for more info)

Alpacka Rafts has been setting the bar high with their recent design by changing the bow and stern shape from the traditionally oval boat. This improvement has allowed river runners to actually run the rivers, waterfalls and navigate with much more control.

So light, so amazing
The Alpacka Denali Llama are the boats we decided to choose, there are several other brands and sizes, but Alpacka has the best boats (in our humble opinion). With the larger Llama, we will be able pack some gear inside the boat under the skirt/deck, and also move the seats forward.

The boats are not designed to roll, but with some modifications Kirk and others have been making, rolling is now possible and makes this little boat about six pounds and able to go down almost anything!

1 comment :

  1. LOVE the idea and the fact you're going to blog abouti. My sweetie and I have been playing with an IK for a couple of seasons and I want to do some more remote little rivers and creeks like this- we'll be tracking your trips- super cool.