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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

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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