Henrik from the Deliverance Team organised the first Swedish Packrafting Round-Up at the river Voxnan in Sweden and we decided to sign up on this event on Facebook. The swedish Packrafting Round-Up was also a great opportunity to meet Alpackaraft - the manufacturer of our packrafts. After a 4 hours drive from Stockholm we arrived at the starting point. We were 20 people from different countries and it was nice to see what kind of gear people had in their backpacks.

There was plenty of Hyperlite Mountain Gear around like the Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid tarp. I probably need to get a new backpack by the end of the year as my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter is slowly wearing off. Just not sure if it’s going to be black or white …

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent & Ultamid Tarp and Porter 4400

Welcome to the HikeVentures tent. We had our little flag with is. It was much easier to find our MSR Hubba Hubba tent again … :)

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up 2016

That’s how your trunk looks like when you go packrafting.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - MSR Hubba Hubba NX

On the first day Henrik welcomed everyone and gave a short briefing.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - HMG Porter 4400 - MSR Hubba Hubba NX - Alpacka Raft - Werner Paddles, Petzl Meteor Helmet

While the others were still pitching their tents Konstantin, Patrick and Caj went for a short rapid ride on the Voxnan. Even so the rapids don’t look too dangerous it’s always a good idea to wear a dry suite and a helmet (here the Petzl Meteor 3 helmet).

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up

Enjoying the the first evening around the camp fire. Konstantin is wearing his new Lundhags Jaure Light boots and Lundhags Merino Hoodie.

Swedish Packrafting Round-U - Alpacka Raft - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Werner Shuna Paddle

The next morning Konstantin prepared his breakfast sausage on our camp fire.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up

While Jacob enjoyed fresh beacon.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Lundhags Jaure Light - Lundhags Merino Full Zip Hoodie

We also prepared some porridge with our MSR WindBurner stove.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - MSR WindBoiler Stove - Kupilka Cup

After our breakfast we packed our gear and inflated our packrafts. Henrik gave another briefing about the trip and meeting points.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Astral Designs V-Eight PFD - Alpacka Raft

Last gear checks before riding the rapid with our packrafts.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - GoPro Hero - Astral Designs V-Eight PFD

Into the rapid. It took a while until everyone was with the packraft in the river Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Astral Designs V-Eight - Alpacka Raft - GoPro Hero

Armada of Alpacka Rafts on the Voxnan. Which color do you like most? Green, Blue, Red or Banana Yellow?

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up 2016 - Alpacka Raft

While scouting the canyon we found remainings of a packrafter who tried to paddle through it. Was this a sign not to paddle through the canyon …?

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Skull in Lapland

The canyon was probably one of the spots most of us enjoyed most.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Astral Designs V-Eight - Alpacka Raft

Another exciting packrafter in the Canyon.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

Caj who just recently got his packraft did exceptionally well in the rapids.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - GoPro Session - Ray Ban

Konstantin in the Canyon.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft Denali Llama - GoPro Hero4 - Werner Shuna Paddles - HMG Porter 4400 - Julbo Race 2.0

Henrik from the The Deliverance Team was pretty good in shape as well.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

So was Carl from the The Deliverance Team

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - GoPro Hero camera

and Michael ….

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 - HMG - Astral Designs

… and Torbjörn

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

Queuing was quite common especially before a rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft - Werner Shuna Paddles - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Julbo Race 2.0 - HMG Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 - Astral Designs V-Eight

There is hardly any rapid which can’t be handled by the The Deliverance Team

Swedish Packrafting Round Up

Michael cruising a rapid on the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft - HMG Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 - GoPro Hero - Ray Ban

Where is the next rapid?

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Astral Designs GreenJacket - Alpacka Raft - The Deliverance Team

This is Patrick from HikeVentures. You probably won’t see him on many pictures since he is the guy who has to take them. Thanks to Caj who took this picture. Patrick also enjoy his new Julbo Swell sunglasses. The glasses of the Julbo Swell can adapt to the light and they can also float on the water which comes quite handy when going packrafting.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Julbo Swell - Devold Expedition

Do you know what this is? No, you won’t use it to knit fancy dry suites. This rope can rescue life in certain situations.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up

Perfect view towards the Swedish landscape.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up

Some people prefer to stand when packrafting.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Astral Designs YTV - Alpacka Raft - Aqua Bound Paddles

Packrafters are sometimes hard to spot in the rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft in the Hogförsen rapid

One of the brave ones who managed the Hogförsen rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft - Aqua Bound Paddles

Jacob enjoying the Hogförsen rapid.

After the rapid is time to enjoy the nature and to relax.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft

Lunch break at the dam.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft - The Deliverance Team - Luci Outdoor Lantern

In the Nordics there are a lot of pine trees. No need to take gas with you when you have a Boilerwerk Backcountry Boiler.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler - Alpacka Raft - Oakley

Alpacka Raft showed us how to fix a packraft.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - How to fix a packraft

Konstantin seems to be quite happy in his banana boat while wearing his Julbo Race 2.0 sun glasses.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Alpacka Raft - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Julbo Race 2.0 - Hyperlite Mountain Gear HMG Porter 4400 - GoPro Hero 4 Black - Sea to Summit Ultra Flex Booties

Patrick enjoyed wearing his new Julbo Swell glasses. They were quite comfortable and light.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Julbo Swell - HMG Porter 4400 - Werner Shuna Paddles

Caj Koskinen on the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - GoPro Session camera

Konstantin pulling a tree down.

Swedish Packrafting Round Up - Julbo Race 2.0 - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Alpacka Raft - Werner Shuna Paddles - HMG Porter 4400

Jacob cruising on the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Alpacka Raft - Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sol - Werner Shuna Paddles - HMG Porter 4400

Jeremie fighting with a rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

Torbjörn on the Voxnan - The more it splashes the better the ride.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

Carl from the The Deliverance Team is taking it easy on the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - GoPro Hero camera

Sometimes packrafting is not that easy.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Astral Designs V-Eight - Aqua Bound Paddles

A PFD and a drysuite can help in certain situations.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

Alpacka Raft and HikeVentures scouting the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Astral Designs YTV - Werner Shuna Paddles - Alpacka Raft - Julbo Race 2.0 - HMG Porter 4400 - GoPro Hero 4 - Aqua-Bound Paddles

The The Deliverance Team has welcomed us to the spot where we spent the second night with a pirate flag. Great idea!

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Astral Designs YTV

Konstantin carrying his banana boat to the camp site.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Julbo Race 2.0 - Werner Shuna Paddles - Sea to Summit Ultra Flex Booties

Packrafts nicely parked at the second camp.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Hilleberg Akto - Alpacka Raft - Laurel Design

Urban Packrafter interviewing HikeVentures.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Lundhags Jaure Light - Urbanpackrafter

Packrafters are also very skilled in decorating christmas trees.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - HMG UltaMid

Hanging around in the camp.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up

Can you smell the sausages?

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up

Hightech at the Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - An Alpacka Raft and a Hilleberg Soulo tent.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Hilleberg Soulo - Alpacka Raft

Sometimes shit happens.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Moose shit

After a long paddling day it was time to say good night and prepare for the next day.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - hiking flag

Patrick enjoyed his breakfast … porridge with apple and cinemon.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Lundhags Jaure Light - Lundhags Merino Full Zip Hoodie - Kupilka - Lundhags Makke Pants - Rosellli Carpenter Knife

We have also spotted some pirates on the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - The Deliverance Team

The next day Konstantin, Caj and Jacob on the Voxnan again.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Alpacka Raft - Thermarest Z Sol Lite - HMG Porter 4400 - Werner Shuna Paddles - GoPro Hero 4 Black

There were a few green packrafts probably belonging to the Swedish paddlers…

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - HMG Porter 4400 Hyperlite Mountain Gear - Werner Shuna Paddles

Who wouldn’t like to paddle here?

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft

Fixing a Carls packraft while Urban Packrafter and HikeVentures filming the scene.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Astral Designs Greenjacket - Rode VideoMic Pro - Werner Shuna Paddles - Thule Atmos X5

For some this was the last rapid on the Voxnan.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Werner Shuna Paddles

The place where some of us had to end their journey on the Voxnan. People where crying.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft - Petzl Meteor Helmet

While some of us had to pick up their cars from our starting location others were slowly packing their gear.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Hyperlite Mountainlite Gear HMG Porter 4400 - Thermarest Z Sol Lite - Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak

Some of us continued to Camp Vinströmmen - The wine rapid. Where Alpacka showed us some of their new products - Self-bailing packraft and the Apocalypse. After some test paddling on land they made it into the wine rapid as well. Konstantin Gridnevskiy full of excitement which boat to choose while Jakob trying some moves.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft Alpacalypse and Self bailing packraft

Jeremie and Konstantin racing in the Vinströmmen. There was an Alapacka Ghost, Alpacka Scout, Alpacka Apocalypse and a self-bailing Alpacka Raft in the rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Julbo Race 2.0 - Werner Shuna Paddle - Alpacka Raft - Aqua Bound Paddles - GoPro Hero 4 Black

Look at Konstantin’s smile … it almost seems like he is responsible for Jacob’s situation in the Vinströmmen.

Swedish Packrafting Round-U - Alpacka Raft - Julbo Race 2.0 - Werner Shuna Paddles - Urbanpackrafter

With the Alpacka Raft Ghost it was probably a bit more challenging to get through the Vinstömen rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft Ghost - Aqua Bound Paddles

The Vinströmmen rapid was at some spots a bit more demanding.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Werner Shuna Paddles - Petzl Meteor Helmet - Julbo Race 2.0

And it was not possible for Jacob to get into his packraft again.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Urbanpackrafter - Werner Shuna Paddles - Alpacka Raft -Petzl Meteor Helmet

But fortunately, everyone made it safely through the rapid.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Alpacka Raft Ghost and Scout - Urbanpackrafter - Werner Shuna Paddles - Aqua Bound

After the Vinströmmen has been paddled we enjoyed a nice evening on the fire.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Lundhags Jaure Light - Lundhags Merino Full Zip Hoodie - Nalgene Everyday

One more reason to go camping…

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Sunset in the Swedish Forest

The next day Jacob interviewed some of us for Urbanpackrafter.com

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Urbanpackrafter - Rode VideoMic Pro - Injuring Eternity

We had a good sleep in our MSR Hubba Hubba NX.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Cumulus Panyam 450 - MSR Hubba Hubba NX - Therm-a-Rest XTherm - Mountain Equipment Fitzroy Jacket

Konstantin packing. It’s time to drive back to Stockholm where he has to catch the plane to Amsterdam. The following week he will paddle again … in Belgium.

Petzl Meteor 3 - Sea to Summit Ultra Flex Booties - Overboard Waterproof SLR Bag - Teva Sandals - Julbo Race 2.0

Patrick and Caj saying bye bye to Konstantin Gridnevskiy at the airport in Stockholm.

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up - Julbo Race 2.0 - Lundhags Jaure Light - Icebreaker - Suunto Core Tech Top LS Half Zip

Caj and Patrick spent the whole day in Stockholm, walking through the old town and watching the preparations for the SBS Eurovision song contest. At 8 pm we left with Viking Line from Stockholm back home to Turku. Let’s meet again next year for the Swedish Packrafting Round-Up organized by the The Deliverance Team. They did a really great job! We also want to thank Hyperlite Mountain Gear who provided a nice Dyneema Cuben Fiber bag for the Alpacka Repair Kit.‪

Swedish Packrafting Round-Up

Here you can also watch a video about the Swedish Packrafting Round-Up which won an award at the Danish Adventure Film Festival.



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