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Scottish Packraft RoundUp 2017, hosted by Back Country. Inshriach, Aviemore.

Packrafting UK

Last month saw the first ever Scottish Packraft RoundUp. Organised by Andy Toop of Back Country and held at the awesome Inshriach House, it was a quality weekend.

Although the weather wasn’t the best, and the water levels were not great, the weekend was a big success and a big step forward in growing packrafting in the UK. Andy went to great lengths to put everything together and it was a real treat to have such a comprehensive event for what is, at the moment, such a niche movement in the UK.

 


 

The Scottish Packraft RoundUp looked a little something like this:

  • Friday evening/night everyone turned up- there was a mix of unique glamping accommodation and regular camping. We had a campfire, some drinks and got to know each other, there was also a hot tub and sauna (which the band subsequently took over in the nude for a couple of hours).

  • On Saturday/Sunday morning there was a river safety course held by Mike at Paddle Active. Mike ran us through self rescue techniques and rescuing your partner. (Photos to follow in another post)
  • On Saturday night the bar filled up and we were treated to hours upon hours of live music from Wire and Wool. Andy had also arranged a BBQ and Bothy Bikes turned up with a pretty unique fatbike which everyone loved!

  • On Saturday/Sunday afternoon Kevin from First Aid Training Co-operative ran a course aimed at situations that packrafters might find themselves in. (Photos to follow in another post)

 

Among all of this everyone was off doing their own trips, we went for a leisurely float down the River Spey to Aviemore and returned via Loch an Eilein where we coincidently bumped into Andy and Thor and Sarah of Alpacka Raft on the water! (again, photos to follow in another post).

 

Have a browse of the photos below and if you are thinking about getting into packrafting but are unsure, then come along to next years Scottish Packraft RoundUp and try it out! Even better, try it sooner, Andy will rent you a packraft so you can try it out on a proper adventure before you buy! If you are already sold on the idea but not in a position to part with the cash, consider building your own with our Self-Build Packraft Kit!


All photos are from Nick Kowalski and you can find the full album here should you want to share individual images.

We’d love to have you on board to follow our journey and help grow packrafting in the UK.

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Teaming up with OW Productions for IRON RAFT teaser video

OW Productions with the IRON RAFT DIY Packraft

We have recently been working with OW Productions to film a couple of short clips showing the pack size and ease of use of the IRON RAFT Self-Build Packraft and also just how fun packrafts are in general! Alastair Humphreys’ description of them always seems to come to mind when talking about how fun they are; “A rubber dinghy for grown-ups” sums it up nicely!

Olly of OW productions had never been in a packraft before we filmed the first clip so it was pretty cool to introduce him to it all and have him take his maiden voyage in the IRON RAFT Self-Build Packraft! That’s Olly in the featured photo above, a happy packrafter/videographer indeed.

 


 

The top video is filmed at Three Cliffs Bay in South Wales, a short drive from Swansea. We had previously been tipped off that it would make a great location for a video, so it worked out perfectly when a close friend of both IRON RAFT and OW Productions was getting married just minutes away. The morning after the wedding we headed down to the water and treated ourselves to some packraft therapy, the best kind of headache relief.

It is worth mentioning the fact that we are not using a buoyancy aid in the first video. We had previously scouted out all the water and deemed it not to be necessary. Always remember to access the water and wear appropriate safety equipment!

 


 

The bottom video is the result of a google maps search for the nearest river to the OW Productions office. We located this spot about 10 minutes drive away and it just goes to show you don’t have to go far for an adventure. We are using a cheap foot pump in the video, as we were minutes from the car the extra weight and bulk was not an issue, however for trips where every gram counts, consider an inflation bag, they’re also quicker than a foot pump like the one we used in the video so it’s a win, win!

 

 


 

Both videos feature the IRON RAFT Self-Build Packraft prototype made from our DIY Kit. Kits will be on sale this summer and available in olive green with a black floor.

If building your own, ultralight, packable, super versatile boat sounds like something you’d be interested in, please follow us on any of our social media accounts at the bottom of the page for updates of when our products are available for purchase.

 


 

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Welcome to the IRON RAFT Blog- Self-Build Packraft kits in the UK- COMING SOON

UK PACKRAFT SHOP

Hello and welcome to the blog, for those of you new to the site, our aim is to bring affordable packrafting to the UK and Europe through our Self-Build Packraft kits. Costing a fraction of the amount of a manufactured model and comparable in quality, we are hoping to make packrafting far more accessible to the masses of people who love the concept of packrafting but simply cannot afford a manufactured packraft.

Over the last 6 months we have been working like crazy on our prototypes, designing and testing the boats to come up with a self-build packraft that not only rivals the well known brand names in quality, but performs great on the water and isn’t rocket science to put it together!

The blog is going to be an informal feed of updates with the boats and some photos/ videos from any trips we manage to squeeze in in between all the packraft building.

We’d love to have you on board to follow our journey and help grow packrafting in the UK.

Please take a look around and drop us an email if you have any questions or are curious about packrafting in the UK.

Featured aerial photo from OW Productions