This post is about the Swedish Packrafting Roundup which we participated during the last years. 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. You can read more about the last Nordic Packrafting Meetup here.
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. 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
In total we were packrafting 2 rivers and a third one after the official event. As usual, we were lucky with the weather and enjoyed sunshine throughout the event. The nights were however still quite chilly.
Highlights of this meetup were, that Jacob (urabnpackrafter) 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.
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 …
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 don’t look too dangerous it’s always a good idea to wear a dry suit and a helmet (here the Petzl Meteor 3 helmet).
The next morning Konstantin prepared his breakfast sausage on our campfire. While Jacob enjoyed fresh beacon. We also prepared some porridge with our MSR WindBurner stove. After our breakfast, we packed our gear and inflated our packrafts. Henrik gave another briefing about the trip and meeting points. Last gear checks before riding the rapid with our packrafts. It took a while until everyone was with the packraft in the river Voxnan.
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?
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 …? The canyon was probably one of the spots most of us enjoyed most.
We had lunch break at the dam. In the Nordics, there are a lot of pine trees. No need to take gas with you when you have a twig stove. 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.
The first Swedish Packrafting Meetup 2015
This spring Konstantin from HikeVentures teamed up with Urbanpackrafter and the Deliverance Team at the Nittälven river in the Kaljoxa Valley in Sweden for a packrafting weekend. Here is the video provided by Urbanpackrafter. If you are into packrafting and want to join us next time feel free to contact one of us.
As the next Swedish Packrafting Gathering is going to take place in just over one months (5-8 May), I would like to share some pictures that I took at the first event that took place last April. And here is how it started…
Jacob (Urbanpackrafter.com) and I arrived at the rendezvous place in the deep darkness after midnight. We were greeted by Henrik (The Deliverance Team) and the guys who had already settled in the open shelter (where we also joined them). All five of us sleeping side by side, I was happy brought earplugs
After the breakfast that didn’t only provides us with the energy for the paddling, but also served as an opportunity to get to know each other a bit more, we all packed and went down to the river.
Packrafts? Check. Paddles? Check. Drysuits? Check. | While Henrik was waiting for us on the water, the rest took a bit more time to get ready.
Trees, water and packrafts during the Packrafting roundup last year.
Whereas Jacob and I have brightly-coloured packrafts, thedeliveranceteam guys prefer green which is more discreet.
A man and his new drysuit. From what I could understand, it was the first time Martin used his new drysuit. And he enjoyed it a lot. No more sitting in the water. No more worries about being splashed all over.
Time with the locals. If the ‘authenticity of the experience’ and the ‘local perspective’ are important concepts for you, then attending such events as this Swedish Packrafting roundup last year is a great chance to get all that.
A spot of colour on a Swedish river. This is Jacob urbanpackrafter, who, like me, seems to like a bit of colour when it comes to packrafting. He has a bright yellow paddle and a red YukonYak. Even his drysuit matches the boat.
I, myself, might have a black drysuit, but my packraft is yellow. Which, incidentally, got me a nickname of Mr Chiquita from the local Team ‘Green’. And you know what? – I am ok with that. Because I know that they are not ‘mature’ enough (pun intended ?)