Packrafting in the PNW

 
 
 Starting down the Lower Capliano River in North Vancouver.

Starting down the Lower Capliano River in North Vancouver.

WHat is Packrafting?

Packrafting is any adventure using a packraft, a small, but rugged, inflatable boat that can be paddled, usually like a kayak, to traverse lakes, cross inlets and run rivers. Packrafts are, to paraphrase Alaskan adventurer Roman Dial, K-Mart rafts with $1000 worth of durability - think of what would happen if a whitewater raft and a whitewater kayak had a child and you're somewhere close by.

Packrafts typically weigh less than 10 pounds and pack down to the size of a large sleeping bag or two person tent. These little boats open up all kinds of new adventures, from bike-rafting to running the Grand Canyon to massive multi-sport traverses.  In short, packrafting is a lot of fun, but there's little to no information about it in BC. Below you'll find information on getting started packrafting, trip reports and more. This project is a work in progress, so if you have questions, trip suggestions or places you want to see more beta for, please email me!


Getting Started

I started packrafting when I spent two months living in a van in Alaska, but since that's not possible for everyone, here are some resources to get you started packrafting!

 Portage Lake, near Anchorage, AK.

Portage Lake, near Anchorage, AK.