This post is about the Swedish Packrafting Roundup in which I participated during the last years and is supposed to be a short summary of each year. The event has been renamed to Nordic Packrafting Meetup to include also Finland and Norway in a yearly meetup with yearly changing locations in those countries. All the pictures can be found at the end of this post.
Swedish Packrafting Round-Up 2018
On the Round-Up in 2018, there were plenty of new faces from different countries and also 3 female paddlers. In general there was a lot of paddling but most of us probably enjoyed the Vinströmen rapid as we got a bit speed on it. The weather was perfect as we had only sun and blue sky and just a one hour period of rain.
Swedish Packrafting Round-Up 2017
During the meetup in 2017 we were packrafting 2 rivers and a third one after the official event. As usual, we were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the sunshine throughout the event. The nights however, were still quite chilly.
Highlights of this meetup were that Jacob (urbanpackrafter) got a birthday cake, Sarah from Alpacka Raft paddled with us and Surströmming tasing. There was also some ice on the river where we took some pictures with our packrafts on top of it. Andrew also had the same tent with him as I – a Hilleberg Unna.
Francis capsized with his packraft and had to walk while the packraft was floating down the river. Katja and Konstantin had their new Alpacka Raft Gnarwhal with them and Jeremie got stuck on this year’s “monster rapid”. Konstantin also had a small present for each of us – a filted packraft.
Swedish Packrafting Round-Up 2016
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.
On the first day, Henrik welcomed everyone and gave a short briefing. 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 didn’t look too dangerous it’s always a good idea to wear a dry suit and a helmet.
The next morning Konstantin prepared his breakfast sausage on our campfire while Jacob enjoyed fresh beacon which he prepared on his frying pan over a gas burner. I also prepared some porridge with my MSR WindBurner stove.
After our breakfast, we packed our gear and inflated our packrafts. Henrik briefed us about the trip and meeting points and then we did a last gear checks before paddling down the rapid with our packrafts.
And then there was it – an Armada of Alpacka Rafts on the Voxnan. Which color do you like most? Green, Blue, Red or Banana Yellow?
The most exciting part which most of us enjoyed was probably the canyon which we had to scout before paddling through it.
We had a lunch break at the dam. In the Nordics, there are a lot of pine trees and there might be no need to take gas with you when you have a twig stove and there is no fire warning.
Ben from Alpacka Raft showed us how to fix a packraft after we had lunch. Then we paddled again and in the afternoon the Deliverance Team welcomed us to the spot where we spent the second night with a pirate flag. Great idea!
Some of us continued to Camp Vinströmmen – The wine rapid – on the next day. Alpacka Raft 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. There was an Alapacka Ghost, Alpacka Scout, Alpacka Apocalypse and a self-bailing Alpacka Raft in the rapid.
The next day we packed our gear and drove back to Stockholm. 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.