Packrafting? Right, you have no idea if it's a verb or a noun and you're not getting a grammar lesson from me but it's a scream! Wait, I shouldn't talk like I'm on Happy Days, but in this boat, The Fonz would squeal like Arnold the pig on Green Acres. Why all the old timey talk, well it's really fun like when you where a kid at a lake and you would play on anything that floats. I remember the best thing at my Grand Parent's cabin was a small blue plastic boat. I'd get it first and play with it for the longest time. Even as a child it was so small that I'd sink it if I didn't stay right in the middle. I always thought water was the best place to be. Over time crappy vinyl boats that popped faster then bubble wrap on Christmas showed up but never got any better. Some time after real tough laminated materials showed up and people figured it was time to make a lightweight boat that adults could play in for hours like that child in his blue boat.
Enter the Pack Raft. It's a thin, tough raft that holds a load of gear and fits in a stuff sac at 6 pounds.
I got my new boat yesterday, pumped it up and jumped in for a carpet paddle. Yes, I'm a child with a small boat and I don't care because you're grinning at the idea of playing yourself.
This is my fat bike and all my boating gear, including the packraft.
Yellow is a drysuit, Orange is the packraft, dry bag fleece, blue inflating PFD (don't go on the water without a vest)
I get into a drysuit to control the cold water spray. From scuba I know dry-suits are the pinnacle of comfort and this suit is so nice.
Loading a bike is a learning experience....
Above: This is the first wet foot I get in the new dry suit and the Yak (Pack Raft). The bike looks like a mess but that's the best I could do and it looks like pictures I've seen.
I'm trying to do more of a video blog for this stuff so bear with me while I learn how to talk and film. This is the launch.
Below: The launch and paddle out. The second repack went ok but I must memorize a methodology to load and unload. I lost my camera at one point and then as I type, realize, I also lost the video of the launch. I had a video but I don't know what happened to it.
Packrafting is going to be a lot of fun for me and I expect you will get some enjoyment out of reading about my Otter Adventures.