Packrafting in the PNW
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!
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!
- Gear Guides
- Technique & Skills Guides
- BC Whitewater Resources
I'll be posting information from my most recent and favourite trips here. Expect this section to grow and evolve over time.
- Lower Capilano River, North Vancouver
- Queets River, Olympic National Park
- The (Squamish) Coffee-Pizza Traverse
- Cheakamus River - Paradise Valley
- Squamish to Vancouver Bikeraft
- Lillooet River Bikeraft
- Skagit & Baker Rivers, North Cascades National Park
- Meager Creek
- Chilliwack River - Thurston to Tamihi
- Gold Creek Low Water