Source: National Maritime Museum,  London
It is long known that packrafting is not being a totally new idea, but facts are scattered. This article is meant to be a complete historical coverage. We will give reference, make connections and summarize. 

Purpose of the essay is in the realm of this site: to establish Packrafting as theme, beyond a fashion and current trend.

The articles have been published over the first half of 2012:

2. Guys at American Safety Equipment, the naming and commercial attempt (1972), sidelines
3. Sheri Tingey (Alpacka Raft), the reinvention and breakthrough (2001), diversification