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Packrafting is about exploring wilderness and whitewater by packraft, a lightweight, portable boat usually weighing less than five pounds. Packrafting can be combined with mountaineering, backcountry skiing, mountain biking or trekking as part of long expeditions, or short day trips.
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M Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

By Ryan Jordan | on October 07 | in Places » Photo Essays
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons.

M Gear Guide: Packrafts

By Ryan Jordan | on July 22 | in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling.

Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers

By Ryan Jordan | on March 11 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
This article identifies the first steps on a path to packrafting competence for those specifically interested in actually carrying their raft on their back into remote environments!

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Wilderness Cred for the Packrafting Noobs

By Addie Bedford, video by Rob Bedford | on September 15 | in Techniques » Podcasts
I was perfectly content to let others do all the lightweight lifting, but at the first chance of a packrafting class (learning to play without buying the gear!), I jumped... and pulled my husband, Rob, with me.

Video: Packraft Wet Reentry

By Carol Crooker | on April 07 | in Techniques » Podcasts
Wet reentry is one of the most common rescues you'll perform while packrafting. Be sure to work the kinks out of your technique ahead of time so this self-rescue tool will be honed when you need it.

Podcast: Packrafting Safety Tips from the Experts Part 3

By Carol Crooker | on March 24 | in Techniques » Podcasts
Seven packrafters with a total of over thirty-five years of experience under their bums share the safety gear they won't be without, skills that have kept them coming back for more, common - and dangerous - mistakes, and real life rescue stories.

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