Packraft Makers

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Packraft Makers In the 1980s the sport of packrafting entered a long, quiet incubation period. A few grizzled outdoorspeople bought, repaired, and traded Curtis and Sherpa packrafts, pushing the simple boats to their limits (and far past their warranties) on … Read More

Campbell Creek

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Campbell Creek is a splashy, meandering Class I/II creek that originates in the Chugach Mountains and flows southeast through the urban center of Anchorage, Alaska. Most boaters will float some portion of the 8-mile section between the Piper St cul-de-sac … Read More

Gear Storage

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Gear Storage Gear can either be lashed on top of a packraft’s bow or stored inside the tubes. Internal storage lowers the boat’s center of gravity, improves sightlines over the bow, and keeps gear dry. However, the airtight zippers currently … Read More

Packrafting PFDs

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Packrafting PFDs As with paddles, there really isn’t such a thing as a “packraft PFD,” but some PFDs will tend to work better for packrafting than others. Good options for packrafters include those that are light, built from quality materials, … Read More

Packrafting Paddles

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Packrafting Paddles Along with your boat and life jacket, your paddle is one of the “big three” pieces of equipment that will determine your experience on the water. Solo packrafts are almost exclusively paddled with double-bladed kayak-style paddles. Packrafting paddles … Read More

Arc’teryx Alpha FL

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This four-season three-layer alpine shell is light. At less than twelve ounces for a large the Alpha FL is actually lighter than most three-season two-layer rain jackets on the market, including Patagonia’s TorrentShell, OR’s Forray, or Marmot’s PreCip. At least … Read More

Hestra Heli

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The Hestra Heli is the flagship ski glove from Swedish glovemaker Hestra, which calls it “a modern classic with many uses.” Look around at many ski resorts, and you’ll spot the distinctive two-tone Heli (white goat leather palm and fingers, … Read More

North Suicide Peak

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North Suicide Peak (5,065 ft.) Via the Rabbit Lake trailhead, southwest gully route: 5.6 miles each way, 3,340 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3s3+. My time: 6.5 hours round trip ▼KMZ North Suicide Peak is a rugged 5,065-foot pyramid at … Read More

Incident 232

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I’m always bummed when adventure buddies leave Alaska, but there is a silver lining. Homesickness builds up until it’s almost explosive, and as soon as wayward friends return stateside they’re often up for the most outlandish, ambitious, and half-conceived plans. … Read More

Feathered Friends Down Booties

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My first test of these booties came on winter solstice in Alaska, on the west summit of McHugh Peak. The thermometer read -10 degrees, not factoring in the wind pouring over our exposed campsite. After warming up in my sleeping … Read More