Packrafting

Discussion in 'Other Gear' started by FOX160, May 29, 2020.

  1. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Certainly going to be doing more of this over here, has not flying this year.

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  2. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    Last year my wife and I attended an intro weekend on Lake Bala organised by a friend who's into packrafting. There were a couple of packraft manufacturers/resellers there (including the guys in the video from Anfibio packrafting) and there were some beginner lessons provided by a local training company. We enjoyed it but it would be a lot of investment (best part of £1000 each for all the kit) for something that we wouldn't likely do on a regular basis.

    I was quite surprised just how different in handling each of the boats were, even as a complete beginner.

    If you were considering getting into it then I'd definitely take an intro course, there's a lot of stuff to know.
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  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Where’s the blog? :)
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  4. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

  5. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

  6. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Unsure but I would think so.
  7. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Have to ask is it worth buying a packraft with the Cargo fly ?
  8. lakeshore

    lakeshore Trail Blazer

    In coastal areas a tide table can often be picked up in a Tourist Information Centre.
  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  10. lakeshore

    lakeshore Trail Blazer

    Thanks cathyjc. I am a hiker but now have an Intel inflatable kayak which gives me a chance to get on the water, though I think the sea is bit beyond me right now.
    A couple of years ago I walked the Arran Way. I had an extra day when I went from Lochranza to the Laggan Bothy to make lunch. I had used the timetable booklet elsewhere on the island but foolishly did not take it with me on this walk and there is stretch on it where you do walk on boulders near the sea. I had looked at the tide times but was relying on my memory and the hundred times I said to myself I am sure the tide is going out.
    Earlier I had done Blackwaterfoot to Lagg where you can go on the beach and rocks at the correct tide time. This time I had the booklet but when the sea is few metres away it is as well to now which way the tide is going especially when the cliffs look inaccessible.
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  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I've walked the West coast of Jura a couple of times and there are a few sections which are 'obstructed' at low tide.
    There are alternatives - but you need to know what conditions you are going to encounter. :thumbsup:
  12. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    The tide doesn't just come in and go out, it flows around the coast. So many people buy a canoe, kayak, surf board etc and head out to sea without knowing this. Only to find they can't get back ashore.
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  13. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    There is a 2nd part of the pack rafting trip video here
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