25.08.2012

Sceneflash en European

So this is the ticker for late summer, here it goes: 

Chris from Apaddleinmypack tries to see the limtits in Packrafting on the other side of the spectrum, he takes his "Slackraft" (modified PVC dingey) to the ocean. Not really recommended. Tube failure in such enviroment? Be carefull. But thanks for testing :)

Same qualifies for the application below, this is not to discredit anything, but packrafting surely diversifies. Would make a good air bed too, would't it? Strictly seen, not part of the European scene, excuse this ;) ~250€/650g




The Packrafting world also has a new specific brand, called 'Anfibio', which specializes on Packrafting accessories. It is a concept or user experience based label, centering the application of packrafting in it various forms as a mix of activities or amphibious travel - that is where the name 'Anfibio' derives (Spanish for amphibian). While there is no centre technology or core manufacturing expertise, it is taking such in by competent partners on contract. This allows a potential product portfolio to concentrate on the application with different types of product developments otherwise unable to cover. As one can clearly see on the logo, there is a strong relation to Packrafting Store ;) Starting off with a  Drysuit and a new Paddle, more to come.


At standard 12" tube diameter in bow and stern tapering to 10" cm side tubes, the CuriYak is a hybrid, a mix of the little Scout and the full size Yukon Yak.  It is narrower in width outside yet wider inside due to the 10” side tubes however. It comes with a lightweight floor and like the Scout with only one Grap loop and without a seat, thus being the same minimalistic approach as the Scout only larger and with increased buyonacy.

The internal length of 114 cm will fit the majority of people between 170 and 190cm, almost like in a standard Yukon Yak. With no real heavy whitewater ambition and no spraydeck it can flexibly accomodate people by that. It is a response to those who wanted another packraft in very light weight (under 2 kg, 1.87 to be exact) for easy travel, but full body fitting. The CuriYak is another pocket boat for easy river travel or calm evenings fishing and sightseeing on a remote lake or fjords, spelunking and canyoneering. It embraces likewise geocaching and river crossings. It is ideal for classic packrafting without serious whitewater (max. Class 1). By its size and with a potential seat it is also comfortable on longer river floats.

Available on special order  for 700€,  allow 3-4 weeks on that, but be granted with a free seat plus  backrest! Enough for the gear junkies, some more fun to watch:



In contrast to far away adventures, some more backyard discoveries:

Packrafts under Sail, speed record: 7 km/h
Canoe to go, Packrafting goes Canoeing

This is it. What have you been up to lately?

15.08.2012

Outdoor Bergsichten Spezial

Outdoor Bersichten Spezial ist ein Open Air (Berg)filmfestival in der Sächsichen Schweiz, wo diesmal auch Packrafting eine Rolle spielt, vor allem aktiv und praktisch in Fom von Bootsweitwurf bis Elbepaddeln :) Wer Packrafting vom Konzept her kennenlernen möchte trifft hier auch andere Interessierte. Bereits akive Packrafter sind ebenso gern gesehen. Wir freuen uns auf einegemeinsame Veranstaltung.

Ansonsten gibt es neben dem Film- und Vortragsprogramm Workshops (Fotografie, Seiltechnik) und Touren (Elbe, Höhle und Stiegen) mit Lagerfeuerabschluß. Übernachtung im Zelt (kostenlos) oder in   Zimmern des Aktivhofs (ab 12,-)

Datum: 24.08. 17.00 - 26.08. 18.00, Hauptstrasse 2, 01814 Porschdorf



04.08.2012

Relentless European Scene

It is summer time. Packrafts get employed for sure. However, never shall be forgotten where it originally came from. We are all part of a very long history. Manitoba Museum recently paid tribute to that by opening a complete Halkett exhibition.

Packrafting with children

One thing still relatively under-represented is the use of Packrafts with kids. Marc shows it works well:

Packrafting with Kids
Explorer 42 in Leipzig


Packrafting "for some time"

Torsten from regenzeit.net
There is not always reason enough to purchase a packraft. As a member on BPL Forums express"The number of times I would be able to use such a raft is really the reason I would be hesitant to spend so much".  

But there is  also no real need to buy a packraft. Call it packraft sharing. Call it rentals. Ask a friend (and compensate them reasonably). Even the most addicted packrafters will have to admit: they can't use it all the time. And they will be happy it is made use of adequately. Or one plans for that: cooperative buying.

Relentless but not rentless

If all that does not work out, consider convenient commercial rentals from backpackingnorth.com in Finland. Mark serves as a rental hub in Scandinavia. Likewise may Rob and Andy of Backcountrybiking.co.uk do with their fleet on the British Isles. And so offers Packrafting Store its rental service for Central Europe.

This may not count, if you are well equipped, but it might be a good option to invite someone to come along! Marko did so with  friends for a week long trip on the "bear trail" in Finland. See the following pictures from Kuusamo/Oulanka NP:

Well loaded on the water
A bit furthe east went Jens, Russia to be exact. Jens claimes his Packraft has one of  the highest mileages travelling by plan, train an car. Very much possible. It has seen China, Russia and Brazil within one year. See some pictures from Karelia to the Sugar Loaf Mountain:

Russion white water in Karelia (River Suna)
The big Suger loaf in Brazil. See the tiny boat?
Robert, Silvio, Johan and Katerina improved their skills (white water technique course in Leipzig). See some of the lessons:

Big (but safe) water
Throw rope rescue

Various

Benjamin fighting mosquitos and rain in Vassfaret of Norway (Part II)

Joni instead opts for warm weather packrafting

Rainer 'lechts' for the Lech. 

This can't be all. It is summer time. Where are yours about?