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.
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.
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.
Inflating the packrafts
The Ahvionkoski rapids were our main challenge on our trip and one packrafter with the Alpacka Scout packraft managed to capsize in those rapids.
Scouting the rapid before going in.
Our brave German paddlers went into the rapid without helmet or spraydeck.
We decided to have a lunch break.
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.
After we pitched the tents some of us started walking to explored the Haukanvuori rock.
From where we also enjoyed the nice scenery over the area.
One of the possibilities to climb the Haukanvuori rock.
Back in the camp – This hut provided fire wood and plenty of opportunities to dry our stuff.
A packrafter decorated a christmas tree.
The party continued till late into the night.
Moon and Stars over my Hilleberg Anjan 3 tent.
The next morning there was plenty of bacon over the fire.
Testing the dry suite sold by the Packrafting-Store.
Beautiful coloured leafs. Probably one of the last weekends before they have all fallen.
Jaakko with sunglasses.
There was little wind and some of us tried their windpaddle sails.
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.
Others tested their artistic skills.
Thanks to Jaakko who organised the event. Hope to see you all next time again!