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New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream

Backpacking Light Magazine to launch first book on Packrafting in June 2008.

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by Backpacking Light Magazine | 2008-03-12 09:38:00-06

New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2008

Contact: Andleeb Dawood
ana@backpackinglight.com
646-299-0532

New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream

BOZEMAN, MONTANA, March 10, 2008 - Backpacking Light Magazine has announced the availability of the new book PACKRAFTING! An Introduction & How-To Guide. Written by world-renowned packrafting instructor and adventurer Roman Dial, the book is the first book ever published on the topic of packrafting, offering unparalleled narrative and instruction in a beautiful, full-color volume with photographs from packrafting expeditions around the world.

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.

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.

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."

PACKRAFTING! can be prepurchased at BackpackingLight.com for June 2008 delivery, and will hit booksellers later this summer. In addition, PACKRAFTING! will be made available for digital download at BackpackingLight.com.

Book Information

Packrafting! An Introduction and How-To Guide
By Roman Dial
Foreward by Jon Krakauer
Published by Backpacking Light (June 2008)
ISBN 978-0-9748188-3-2

Media Resources

The following media resources are available upon request:

  • Press/review copies via digital download.
  • Book excerpts/chapters for republication.
  • Hi-resolution images of the author, packrafting, and the book cover/inside pages.

About Backpacking Light

Backpacking Light is the premier magazine for lightweight hiking and backcountry travel, and has published extensive information about packrafting, including techniques, expedition reports, gear lists, and more. Visit Backpacking Light online at www.BackpackingLight.com.


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"New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream," by Backpacking Light Magazine. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream on 03/12/2008 11:34:08 MDT Print View

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New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream on 03/12/2008 12:21:17 MDT Print View

The press release says, in part, "In addition, PACKRAFTING! is available for digital download immediately at BackpackingLight.com.

Where is the link to order?

Edited by richard295 on 03/12/2008 12:30:10 MDT.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream on 03/12/2008 21:18:13 MDT Print View

Hi Richard, thanks for that followup. We're sorting down the digital download issue this week -- I'll followup here with an update.

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
packrafting on 03/12/2008 22:27:08 MDT Print View

Ryan, just finished your book. Really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to a new hobby, ultralight backpacking. But, now packrafting!!!! I think I MUST put that on my list of things to do as well. Hey, Ryan do I need more insurance!?!?

Edited by socalpacker on 03/12/2008 22:31:50 MDT.

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
Depressed.... on 03/13/2008 09:06:11 MDT Print View

Ryan,

You and the gang are making me depressed. The more stuff I see you guys do the more I want to do it. I need a packraft!

David Palmer
(djpfive) - F

Locale: Arizona
Packrafting on 04/17/2008 15:38:47 MDT Print View

Any update on this book?

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
packrafting book on 04/17/2008 15:50:52 MDT Print View

David:

I'm expecting the print proof to be in my hands in a few weeks (digital to follow soon thereafter), so we still seem on schedule for a June delivery :)

Ryan

David Palmer
(djpfive) - F

Locale: Arizona
Packrafting on 04/17/2008 16:01:09 MDT Print View

Thanks Ryan! I'm anxious to make sure my July trip incorporates everything that can be learned from the book.

Larry Koontz
(fiveal) - F

Locale: Tennessee
Packrafting on 05/28/2008 15:34:01 MDT Print View

Hello, Ryan! I mentioned on a folding kayak forum that I had a passing dream to one day four-wheel until the terrain forced me to stop, then backpack from there until the water forced me to stop; then travel on the water to . . . wherever. The immediate response was basically "scratch the water part because even an inflatable would be to heavy to pack." As fate would have it (or, perhaps, Roman Dial or you were in deep meditation and I caught a wave) I clicked on the Backpacking Light site and saw the word "packrafting." Bingo!! Ordered the book today . . . and thanks!

Larry

Edited by fiveal on 05/28/2008 15:35:55 MDT.

Greg Pfeil
(sellout42) - MLife
Where's the digital download? on 06/28/2009 14:05:00 MDT Print View

I haven't been able to find where I can purchase the digital edition of the book. Do you get access to that when you buy the print edition? Was it decided that a digital edition wasn't worthwhile?

I still have my fingers crossed. (and mobi format would be preferred, but I'm happy with PDF)

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream on 06/29/2009 16:49:50 MDT Print View

Digital copies of Packrafting! are not currently available.

Dan Baker
(heeler) - MLife

Locale: Victoria, Australia
Digital Availability on 10/12/2009 03:11:18 MDT Print View

I have ordered a Packraft... when is the digital version going to be available?

Cheers