November 20, 2015 8:16 PM MST - Subscription purchasing, account maintenance, forum profile maintenance, new account registration, and forum posting have been disabled
as we prepare our databases for the final migration to our new server next week. Stay tuned here for more details.
Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter

M Across Iceland by Packraft

by Alastair Humphreys

An online subscription (Annual or Lifetime) is required to view this article.

Not yet a Premium Member? Subscribe now.

Already a Premium Member? Please login using the form to the right.

Not ready to become a member, but need the article? Buy access to just this article.

Article Summary:

I am not an equipment expert. I am a relative newcomer to packrafting. But what I do know is how my equipment performs during fairly tough expeditions.

The first time I posted a question on the BPL forum I was initially shot down, suspected of being a time-waster, a joker or, worse, a person who was not going to be backpacking light. My "crime" was to ask the incredibly passionate, knowledgeable community about a backpack capable of carrying 40 kilos of gear. Of course a 40-kilo backpack is hardly backpacking light. However, it was backpacking as light as was possible, which I believe is the true essence of this community. My pack was destined to weigh a crippling 40 kilos because I needed to carry all of the food, equipment, and camera gear necessary for carrying out and filming an unsupported coast-to-coast crossing of Iceland by foot and by packraft. In the end, I received lots of very helpful advice.

The journey across Iceland was a great success. My friend Chris and I encountered waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, rivers, volcanoes, and boiling hot springs during a difficult but delightful month in the high latitudes of an Icelandic summer.

My purpose with this article is twofold: to provide a skeleton of information for anyone considering a lengthy, unsupported packraft trip, and, hopefully, to spur all those many people in the BPL community who know much, much more than I about equipment details to add suggestions and improvements in the comments section below. I am only rarely going to mention specific brands as I am aware that each country has different good quality brands of equipment.


# WORDS: 2040
# PHOTOS: 17

Buy Access to This Article

If you do not want to subscribe and get access to all BPL articles, you may instead opt to buy this single article: "Across Iceland by Packraft"