Category Archives: Packrafting

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Olympus TG-5 camera for kayaking

I’ve been using Panasonic’s Lumix FT2 wet cameras for 13 years or more, a simple, slim, one-handed, all-weather P&S which didn’t have to be mollycoddled. In 2011 we even used them to make a packrafting movie. Later models seemed to lose … Continue reading

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Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare

See also: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel We had a good look, then shot this underground weir and were spat out the other end, grinning and alive. Years ago I recce’d South London’s Wandle ‘River’ from Merton Abbey Mills to the … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Wairoa River (NZ)

The MRS Nomad S1 I tested last summer in Scotland is my new packraft. Goodbye to my great little Alpacka Yak. Like the Yak before, it held its value and I sure got my money’s worth out of it over 4 … Continue reading

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Book review: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France

See also Packboating in Southern France Back in print after 16 years, Rivers Publishing have updated their 2002 White Water Massif Central canoe guide, now less scarily titled: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France. Packboats aren’t mentioned, but what’s doable in a … Continue reading

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Kayaking and packrafting the Allier (France)

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Tarn In 2005 the Dordogne and nearby Vezere were my first multi-day rivers in a Sunny IK, all helped by the discovery of the inspiring White Water Massif Central guidebook. The Dordogne … Continue reading

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Six Packrafting Essentials

The basic gear you need for packrafting adventures. For general camping kit (sleeping, eating, washing, etc) you’ll find lists all over the internet and beyond. I prefer a 1-kilo down bag, a roomy tent, a thick, full-length air mat and … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Tarn Gorge

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Allier guide Just back from Tarn Gorge with the Yakraft, All the way from Florac to Millau; about 86km. Amazed the beating this boat takes, scrapping through the shallows … Continue reading

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MRS Nomad S1 packraft review [video]

MRS Nomad S1 index page • MRS Nomad – a couple of mods (newest post first) • Whitianga harbour (NZ) • Wairoa River (NZ) The application of what has proved to be durable, light and compact packraft fabric and reliable … Continue reading

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Tested: Longshore EX280 packraft review

Longshore International is the first UK-based outlet to offer branded packrafts sourced from China. As far as I know, up till now the only option to buy new packrafts in the UK has been the Alpacka outlet up in Aviemore. … Continue reading

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