Last weekend I have been to the first Finnish Packrafting Gathering in Finland which took place at the Kymijoki river and was organised by Jaakko and here are some impressions.

First Finnish Packrafting Gathering

We met at the Kuovinkallio shelter on Friday evening at around 6 pm where we pitched our tents and gathered around the camp fire to grill sausages while others went already paddling for an hour.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

The next morning we drove our cars to a parking spot nearby the bridge before the Alhonhaara Hirvivuolle where we planned to end our trip and returned with our “shuttle taxi” back to the Kuovinkallio shelter.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Inflating the packrafts

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

The Ahvionkoski rapids were our main challenge on our trip and one packrafter with the Alpacka Scout packraft managed to capsize in those rapids.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Scouting the rapid before going in.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Our brave German paddlers went into the rapid without helmet or spraydeck.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

We decided to have a lunch break.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Playboating.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Time to leave our packrafts to set up our second camp at the Moronvuori hut which is located in the Valkmusa National Park - a 2 km hike from where we left the Kymijoki river.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

After we pitched the tents some of us started walking to explored the Haukanvuori rock.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

From where we also enjoyed the nice scenery over the area.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

One of the possibilities to climb the Haukanvuori rock.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Back in the camp - This hut provided fire wood and plenty of opportunities to dry our stuff.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

A packrafter decorated a christmas tree.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Hilleberg City.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

The party continued till late into the night.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Moon and Stars over my Hilleberg Anjan 3 tent.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

The next morning there was plenty of bacon over the fire.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

A madtree hammock.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Testing the dry suite sold by the Packrafting-Store.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Packraft Cockpit.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Beautiful coloured leafs. Probably one of the last weekends before they have all fallen.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Jaakko with sunglasses.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

There was little wind and some of us tried their windpaddle sails.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Some of us took the opportunity for some final camera shots once we arrived on our destination on Sunday at the bridge before Alhonhaara Hirvivuolle where we have parked our cars the day before.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Others tested their artistic skills.

First Finnish Packraft Gathering

Thanks to Jaakko who organised the event. Hope to see you all next time again!

Participants (with a blog)

Janne Timo Jaakko

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