Hey, I'll go backpacking with anyone, so long as it's within a decent distance from where I live (ie: On the island of Newfoundland, Canada). Considering I don't know of any BPL newfoundlanders, I think I'll have to pass up most of your invites. :)
On another note, and more on topic, I feel it is important to say that I really do enjoy these packraft articles. They are appropriate in the "light" sense of backpacking 'light' and may even fit in with the 'backpacking' side of things.
So long as the articles deal with the outdoors in some way, shape or forms, I really couldn't care less what they are about. However, I can see how other people might get flustered about that. It really boils down to a simple question: What does BPL, as a magazine, want to be? Does it want to be the ultralighter's version of Backpacker magazine? Or does it want to be more like Frommer's Outdoor magazine? Or something else.
As I previously stated, I'll be happy as a clam either way, but I do know that some people won't and as such the editors should make a decision, make it very clear and stick to it. Just my 0.02$ CAD.