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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 Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

By Dave Chenault, Photos by Meredith Chenault and the author | on May 27 | in Places » Featured Routes
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is home to some of the best wilderness packrafting in the lower 48 with options for novices and experts alike. Explore this beautiful country just remember to be mindful of our responsibility to care for this land.

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.

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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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