Juuso expressed this was hands down one of his favorite trips we did while we were in Vietnam. "There was a sense of freedom I felt not being tied into a rope and then having the ability to jump into the water after the climbs." And we couldn't have been introduced to the sport by better people.
The forecast called for rain, yet our ambitions managed to convince us otherwise. We hit the road for the Northern reaches of the Idaho Panhandle where we would set up camp at the Upper St. Joe River Trailhead.
Watch the new film Chasing Wild debuting online September 26th. Three friends set off on a 400km bikepacking and packraft expedition through the heart of the sacred headwaters in northwestern British Columbia to understand what is at stake as a wave of new mines are developed across this remote corner of the province.
There are countless adventures you can have packrafting, and they are made sweeter when you can bring Fido along. Every dog learns new things differently, but here are a few tips to get your puppy off on the right paw to be a great packrafting companion.
In many ways packrafting seemed like just the experience I needed to fuel the fire inside me that felt a little dimmer than usual. A way to delve deeper. To experience the type of unadulterated wilderness that feeds the soul and inspires the imagination. As I understood it, that’s what packrafting was all about.
Avid paddlers who like to travel light know the dilemma: taking as little gear as possible sometimes comes at the expense of having fun and being happy explorers. One day, a friend of mine mentioned something about packrafting. My prayers had all been answered in one compact heavy-duty and durable boat: THE PACKRAFT.
For a long time, my “packraft” was more or less a tool with which to get away from people and to knock back a couple beers in the middle of a lake instead of the middle of a crowd of other hikers. Along the way somewhere I discovered that moving water was way more fun than lakes. Instead of finding this out the hard way like I usually do, I decided to get some education and try out a more badass packraft at the same time.
In January four friends and I set out on a weeklong, 83 mile journey by packraft down the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande. Just downstream of Big Bend National Park, this section of Wild & Scenic river is one of the most remote waterways in the lower 48, running through deep canyons that form the Mexico - Texas border.