Hey there! I would love to get into pack rafting + would love any advice or really top gear items to have for starting out? Thanks!!!
You need to give a lot more info on where you live, where and how you plan to use your new boat.
@mikesee thanks Mike! I live in Washington state but frequent Southern Utah + AZ with all the states along the way. Ideally I’m looking to use it for non-whitewater trips, less aggressive. Backpacking, hiking + route finding are in my wheelhouse so I’m looking to put them all together while adding the rafting element!
@krysta_king Pack rafting is a super user friendly activity that requires minimum skill set. The rafts are easy to paddle, especially on flat water. If seeking to utilize them in current or whitewater, I would suggest getting some good instruction--which is becoming more and more prevalent at whitewater instruction programs. Some good resources for all things pack rafting include the following:
American Pack Raft Association-- https://www.packraft.org
Alpacka Raft-- www.alpackaraft.com
The Pack Raft Handbook -- https://thingstolucat.com/packrafthandbook/
There are also numerous facebook pack rafting forums for meeting others; condition reports; used gear; etc.
Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
@bdavis thank you so much for this helpful information!!! I’m just looking for the flat waters- Can’t wait to get out + start exploring!!!!
before you seriously invest in any watercraft, join a kayak or canoe club or just visit. Most LOVE newbies and really like to help. You will learn a lot of stuff
I was just going through old posts, and came across your question. There's some good advice above. I think some of what I included on this thread may also be of use:
I am far from an expert, but have enough trips under my belt to have a feel for things, and totally understand not knowing where to start. Feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.