Packrafting! An Introduction and How-To Guide


Backpacking Light Packrafting! An Introduction and How-To Guide

The world's first instructional and inspirational volume about packrafting, by the sport's leading authority.

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Notable Quotes about PACKRAFTING!

"One of the reasons I really wanted the book out there is that I wanted (readers) to learn to boat safely," Roman Dial, author PACKRAFTING!

"While there are thousands of books on fishing, hunting, climbing, boating and scores of other outdoors pursuits, "Packrafting!" is the only book devoted entirely to Dial's passion." - Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News

 

About PACKRAFTING!

PACKRAFTING! is about exploring wilderness and whitewater by packraft, a lightweight, portable boat usually weighing less than five pounds. Readers will learn about packrafting gear and technique as well as the many applications for packrafting. Packrafting can be combined with mountaineering, backcountry skiing, mountain biking or trekking as part of long expeditions, or short day trips.

PACKRAFTING! features stunning photography, a beautiful full-color layout, and is printed on very high quality paper for an experientially satisfying reading experience!

About the Author

Roman Dial has been a leader of the packrafting movement for two decades, from first descents of Class V creeks to multi-week traverses of Alaska's Brooks Range to the first packrafting trek in the Grand Canyon in January 2008. Dial is a professor of Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, where he teaches packrafting courses.

About the Publisher

Backpacking Light promotes multi-day, self-supported ("backpackable"), backcountry travel in lightweight style. Not only does packrafting as a sport squarely fit into this core mission, but Packrafting! as a book reflects the wilderness independence of doing more with less that is at the heart and soul of Backpacking Light.

Reviews

Ryan Jordan, publisher of Backpacking Light Magazine and a pioneer of packrafting in the Northern Rocky Mountains, said, "There may be no better single tool for long distance wilderness travel than a packraft, and no better instructor for using it than Roman Dial. Roman has proved packrafting technique over and again. The rest of us will benefit immensely from his experience."

Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, says "It was no accident that Roman was among the first people on the planet to understand that the packraft would revolutionize wilderness exploration."

Brad Meiklejohn, the Alaska Representative for The Conservation Fund said, "Roman Dial is the Pied Piper of Packrafting. If you're not careful, his infectious enthusiasm will seduce you to squander every spare moment of your life in search of the next classic day of butt-boating."

Book Information

Packrafting! An Introduction and How-To Guide
By Roman Dial
Foreward by Jon Krakauer
Published by Backpacking Light (June 2008)
Full-color, perfect bound, 208 pp. ISBN 978-0-9748188-3-2

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