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Packrafts are rugged, portable rafts, small enough to attach under a rucksack, but stable on the water to reassure first time paddlers. Weighing from 1-3 kilos, they open up a whole new world of amphibious adventuring, from navigating easily accessible waterways to discovering more challenging rivers and lochs only reachable on foot or bicycle.
Packrafting: A Beginners’ Guide is a perfect introduction to the game-changing recreational opportunities opened up by packrafting. It takes you through the different types and features of packrafts to ensure that you buy a boat that is right for you and have the right gear to use with it. It clearly explains the basic paddling skills and how to safely evaluate risks on the water. It also introduces the different types of adventures you can undertake with your packraft, from paddling a local canal or river to lashing a bicycle over the bow or using a packable sail to traverse open water.
The book is comprehensively illustrated with over 130 colour photographs making it easy to understand and clear to follow.
Key note from the author
"I’ve been writing about inflatable kayaks for nearly 20 years and discovered packrafts around 2010. Packrafts opened up a whole new way of enjoying wilderness adventures – just like mountain bikes in the 1980s. Thrashing about in white water can be done in all sorts of boats, but for me the appeal has always exploring over land and water – something that’s only possible with packrafts and what my new Packrafting guidebook focusses on. Over that time I’ve watched Anfibio grow and expand their range of products, and they’re one of the few who are fully committed to packrafting in all its forms. I’ve been using their PackSuit and Buoy Boy buoyancy aids for years, and after owning a Rebel 2K may have found the ultimate do-it-all packraft for my current interests: the Sigma TXL solo-tandem. It's already proven to be agile enough on the sort of inshore conditions I can manage in my 4.5-metre IK, but weighs 80% less. As we found on the weekend, this means you can easily access remote beaches, and get off them just as easily if plans or conditions change. While for overnighters, the TXL weighs less than half a kilo more than the Rebel 2K but has room for two and loads of gear. Again, the possibilities of what’s possible with packrafts have been pushed a little further.
" - Chris Scott, our long term partner of inflatablekayaksandpackrafts.com
On the Water: The Basics
Inflation Valves & Pumps
Outfitting & Load Carrying
Packraft Care & Repair
On the Trail: Basic Gear
Safety & Weather
Packrafting at Sea
About the author: Chris Scott
Chris Scott is a travel adventurer and writer. His Adventure Motorcycling Handbook is now in its 8th edition. He has written various Overland books for Trailblazer Guides and co-authored several editions of the Rough Guide to Australia. He discovered inflatable kayaks in 2005 when rafting Idaho’s Salmon River and has since done many IK expeditions and developed the leading IK website inflatablekayaksandpackrafts.com
Title: Packrafting: A Beginner’s Guide: Buying, Learning & Exploring (Beginner's Guides)
Author: Chris Scott
Publisher: Fernhurst Books
Weight: 505 g
Dimension: 240 x 170 mm
Publishing date: 31. Juli 2022
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