I was never into hardshells, but discovering IKs in 2004, and later packrafts, was like discovering mountain bikes back in the early 1980s. Suddenly the outdoors became a whole lot more interesting and accessible. With a packboat the hitherto ignored blue bits on the map became new byways to exploration and adventure.
Portable boats and mini rafts are light enough to be backpacked to the water’s edge or even carried indefinitely. You can paddle off for a few hours or for days, after which you pull out the plugs, roll it up and head home. With a packboat you’re paddling on air.
I’ve travelled in France, US, NW Australia (below right) and Turkey with packraft and IK. Years ago I replaced my sun-faded Sunny IK with a Java, an Incept (left), a Grabner. Now I’m on a Gumotex Seawave and my third Alpacka packraft and have also experimented with cheap slackrafts
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