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, the reinvention and breakthrough (2001), diversification


  1. Hey Sven, you really how to surprise. Great post and very interesting to read. Thanks a lot for you efforts.

  2. Great post and really informative. I've been to the Stromness Museum a couple times as it's right around the corner from family... and only until now, through your post, have I realised that Rae was actually using a 'packraft'. I remember looking at it when I was younger thinking 'hmm, what an ingenious idea'... now I know!