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This year, we have partnered with American Rivers and American Whitewater to support their 5000 Miles of Wild Campaign. All this month people are submitting their river stories for the chance to win a Scout (details in today's blog post; link in bio). We are sharing some stories, including this one by Noah J. Sabich:
This year, we have partnered with American Rivers and American Whitewater to support their 5000 Miles of Wild Campaign. All this month people are submitting their river stories for the chance to win a Scout (details in today's blog post; link in bio). We are sharing some stories, including this one by Noah J. Sabich: "A Calmed Riffle Amongst the Ripples." (Photo by Martin Edstrom.) - - It was nothing less than a resurgence of uncommon ease that came over me one July afternoon on a shallow and graveled tributary on the East Fork of the Black River in Missouri. With feeder springs issuing endless clear water, it's a sight that makes the heart pump and the head ripe with excitement. With a storied history of conservation, the small waterway is a friendly illustration of just how much our "...dreams can come true again, when ev'rtyhing old is new again' (Hugh Jackson). I scurried across a few jumbled rocky intrusions to a solitary creek bed-–persuaded by the gentle stream and shadows of native oak, hickory, and pine glimmering on its waters. The channel where I entered couldn't have been more than 16 inches in depth (hardly boatable), but it was streambed of downreaching rewards. Among the slow current and igneous mountains, I felt the texture and lacework of the entire water basin routing over my back; I felt the pervading sense of belonging to this timeworn and timeless watercourse; and--most arrestingly--I felt a quiet carry of complete calm. - It was among this diminutive brickwork of rocks, trees, and waters that I happened upon a wholeness and infusing peace I’ve never felt before. It was a day without expectation that resulted in the unexpected and beautiful. Perhaps the lesson learned is that, although slight and small, every river / every water drop has an innate journey-work communicating the splendor and lightness that can exist in our world and inside of us--if we just plunge, feel, and be. - - #ThisIsPackrafting #BlackRiver #EastFork #Boating #RiverRunning #5000Miles #Wild #AmericanRivers #AmericanWhitewater #Whitewater #WildandScenic
And the man behind the stunning photos @suluk46 We had to share one more from his feed! follow him to see some sweet video clips and more impressive Arctic packrafting shots.  We especially like his #CabinFever video. 😂😂
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And the man behind the stunning photos @suluk46 We had to share one more from his feed! follow him to see some sweet video clips and more impressive Arctic packrafting shots. We especially like his #CabinFever video. 😂😂 - - "Day 4: Time to break out the packraft! It‘s a short hike to the confluence of Summit and Glacier Lakes. I cross the lake and portage the section of rapids from the east side so as not to retrace my steps. The terrain along Summit Lake is grey and moon like. Not much color, and it feels cold. It's very quiet, no wind; you can hear rock falls in the background. I don't bother putting on my drysuit for the calm water crossing but in the middle of the lake, when it I realize the length of the crossing, I regret it, thinking that if I ever did flip, the glacial melt water would have me hypothermic in minutes before I would have time to swim to the shore. I land on a sand moraine and pack up the raft for the hike. This is an area of constant terrain change. You are walking on the moraine of a glacier. There is no route; it is choose your own adventure here. Much like a maze, you think you are on the correct path, only to come to a dead end. I eventually make it over the moraine and back to the river. Time to run this river. It moves fast, and there are multiple braids so one needs to choose based on ability and waterflow. Portions of it remind me of plinko from Price Is Right, bouncing off protruding rocks, but eventually making it to the end. The bottleneck and blind corner before Thor Shelter must be scouted heavily. Once you enter the upper rapid, you are committed to the rest regardless of whether or not you are still in your boat. Take caution. By the time I arrive in front of Mount Thor, my hands are blue from the cold. I put my fingers in my mouth to help defrost them. I brought 2mm neoprene gloves and they are ineffective against the near freezing temperatures of the water. A gear choice I would regret for the remainder of the trip. - - #packrafting #arcticircle #baffinisland #akshayukpa

Our Story

Welcome to Alpacka Raft. We are a community of genuine, self-reliant and creative eccentrics, enthusiastic about unique adventure and passionate about our product. Our values reflect the history of our boats and the makers who design, craft, and use them. We recognize our packrafts give people an incredible freedom to explore; they are tools that help people actualize adventures, even ones yet to be imagined. And so we encourage explorers to use them with a beginner’s mind because there are no rules with a packraft, except to have fun, be safe, and to not take life too seriously. Always remember, each person has her or his own great journey to discover. 

We built the first Alpacka packraft in a Chugiak, Alaska basement, fall 2000. Since then, we have led the industry in research and development, pushing the boundaries of design, reliability, advanced materials, and an established infrastructure for customer service that allows for quick and easy repairs or upgrades. Our packrafts continue to refine and define the sport. They are bombproof tools of exploration, bolder and more rugged than the most skilled athletes using them, but so stable and streamlined they’re perfect for entry-level adventurers. Our rafts can take you anywhere.

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