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Experiences with <£40 PVC 'pool toys' as packrafts

Packrafting the Fitzroy 4

• Fitzroy 1 – intro • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 5  Soon after dawn we stood on a small hill overlooking our camp down on the sandbank (middle point map left or picture right). For the last couple of days we’d spent most of our time … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 3

• Fitzroy 1 [intro] • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 We were up again with the light, ready for more ankle-twisting boulder portages like those which had slowed us down yesterday afternoon. Little did we know that the day would turn out to be … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 2

• Fitzroy 1 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 The video above covers Day 1 (previous post) and Day 2 which is this post. By 5am the sun had risen somewhere behind the ranges and it was light enough to get stuck into … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy 1

• Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4 • Fitzroy 5 A few minutes after the plane took off from Fitzroy Crossing (see maps or video) Jeff taped me on the shoulder and gave a thumbs up. A thousand feet below, things were looking promising. Sam … Continue reading

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Kayak and packraft sails

To see how I made a disc sail click this This is how it worked first time out in a packraft This is how it worked first time out in my Incept kayak And this is a proper Pacific Action ‘V’ sail fitted on my … Continue reading

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Packrafting in France 2 ~ Ardeche Gorge

See also: • Chassezac • Allier guide • Packboating in southern France • Tarn Includes pix by Steve L The story so far. We’d nursed the cheapo Intex Boat Hawk II for three days from Les Vans down the Chassezac river … Continue reading

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Inflatable kayak construction. Part 1: fabrics and fabrication

Updated October 2019 I’m not an expert on any of these matters; it’s just what I’ve learned over the years. I update these pages as I learn more and welcome your corrections. This original article got a bit rambley so was split … Continue reading

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Packraft surfing – Intex vs Alpacka

Sunday morning Jon and I went to try out his new boat, another Intex Sea Hawk, but the one-man version this time which goes on amazon for under 20 quid. For that money a pump is extra, but we managed to … Continue reading

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Packrafting shoes or boots

Round it all up over the years and my packboating footwear has narrowed down to Teva Omniums and Lowa Desert Elite boots. The requirements of packrafting footwear (that is, trekking the moors and paddling the lochs, usually with a camping payload) are … Continue reading

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