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Category Archives: Conservation Efforts

Hydrologist for the National Park Service

Packrafting Lake Clark National Park as a Hydrologist for the National Park Service Story by: Sam Carter After months of uncertainty due to COVID-19, I finally made it up to southwest Alaska in June of 2020.  I was privileged enough to get a job with the National Park Service, working […]

From Packrafts to PPE

Switching From Packrafts to PPE Alpacka Raft helps the community by making hospital gowns in times of need. Alpacka Raft has recently switched from packrafts to Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. Since all of our packrafts are manufactured in our Mancos, Colorado shop, we have been able to […]

Mapping Lechuguilla Cave

Mapping Lechuguilla Cave Words and photos by: Stephen Eginoire At the foot of New Mexico’s Guadalupe Mountains in Carlsbad Caverns National Park lies one of the world’s great subterranean anomalies, Lechuguilla Cave. The portal to this extraordinary underground wilderness is quite literally a hole in the ground, and up until […]

Sarah Tingey: Thanks, Democrats, for trying to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

arctic national wildlife refuge

A repost from an articled originally run in the Durango Herald. Read the original here.   Sarah Tingey: Thanks, Democrats, for trying to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Thank you to the Colorado Democratic Congressional delegation for recognizing that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America’s last truly wild place, is […]

Packrafting Conservation in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

How packrafts are a part of conservation in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska By Maia Mares of Sitka Conservation Society. The Tongass National Forest is the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. It’a a landscape of islands, coastal mountains, and countless streams and rivers that boil with salmon returning […]

Protecting Bristol Bay: A Fight Against Pebble Mine

Save Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine.

An Interview with Alaska Trout Unlimited‘s Jenny Weis. Media provided by Bjørn Olson. Tag us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with your best packraft fishing photos. The first 50 people get a free 2019 Trout Unlimited Membership! Streams overflowing with brightly colored salmon, crystal clear water, stunning mountains, plump grizzly […]

Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West

Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West

Heather is coming to Maria’s Bookshop in Durango for a reading, discussion, and book signing! Check out her Facebook event. Solo Packrafter, Writer, Conservationist, Heather Hansman Shares Stories From Her New Book, “DownRiver: Into the Future of Water in the West”  A freelance writer and editor, Heather Hansman writes about a […]

Balkan River Tour – Join the Movement to Protect the Last of Europe’s Wild Rivers

Balkan River Defence

Paddling to Protect the Last of Europe’s Wild Rivers River conservation from the seat of a packraft. Story by Carmen Kuntz, photos courtesy of Balkan River Defence unless otherwise credited. A boat, paddle and some basic whitewater skills can lead you through some incredible landscapes and into some amazing river […]

Save Glen Etive: A Scottish Landscape’s Struggle Against Hyrdo-Electric Dams

Ted Tetrault paddling the Glen Etive. Photo by Alex LaLonde

Story by Huw Oliver, Alpacka Raft Ambassador. Action shot of Alex Tetreault boating the Glen Etive by Alex LaLonde. Scenic photos courtesy of the Save the Glen Etive Campaign (find out more Save Glen Etive) An isolated, but iconic part of Scotland, Glen Etive is the landward extension of the long, fjord-like finger of […]