If you like Hiking and want to try out the newest coolest twist on hiking and floating… this is your CAMP. Packrafts allow you to hike into unique places then float out a different route
LOTS of FUN!
Packrafts weigh around 7lbs and fit into a stuff sack the size of a backpack tent. Yet, they perform like a whitewater kayak…only FAR more STABLE.
Session I:6/16-21…………..Session II: 7/14-20
Who: Grades 8-12
Sunday: Meet at the Kayak Center on Wasilla Lake to begin safety training. In the afternoon we will travel to Willow Ak, and spend time learning how to “drive” your packraft in moving current and learn how to read a rapid. Camp will be on the river. Campers will participate in making all meals.
Monday: Safety day: The day begins with learning what to do if you capsize in a rapid, practice throwing and recieving ropes in rapids, and learning how to paddle in class III rapids.
Tues: Off the the “Mystery River”. This is a great introduction to packrafting. We will hike about 2 hours on a easy trail to our sheer wall canyon put-in. We then float 7 miles down a fun class II river full of lots of sweepers. One needs to be on their toes and paying attention on this trip.
Wed: Down to Girdwood Ak. We will hike to the tram on the winner creek trail for a fun fast class II float into town.
Thur: We travel by train, boat, and foot today. We will ride the Alaska Railroad up over the Grandview glacier to the headwaters of Trail River. The train will stop; we make our way down to the river and begin a scenic float to Trail Lake. At trail lake our van will meet us and take us to camp.
Friday: We venture down the amazing Kenai Canyon today. This non motorized canyon is ideal for packrafts. The water is a enchanting emeral green, with big rolling wave trains. Most floaters in the canyon need to carry motors and motor 7 miles across Skilak Lake, we on the other hand will roll up our light weight packraft and hike 45 minutes out to the road. We will finish off with big pizza party in Girdwood and then meet parents in Anchorage in the early evening.
All Paddling gear included: drysuit, helmet, boat, PFD, paddle, gloves,
food Sunday lunch to Friday dinner.
camper supplies: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, water shoes, personal clothing and personal hygiene