Exploring locally, with IRON RAFT DIY Packrafts in Cambridge.
We set out to take advantage of the stunning weather we had, to explore the University town of Cambridge. Filmed during Summer 2020, when Cambridge was in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We knew we had to stay close to home. So we took this to our advantage and explored locally. From Cambridge’s backstreets, to Kings Parade to our launch spot, the Mill Pond.
Take a look below a collection of stills documenting our time on the Backs of the River Camb.
We’d love to have you on board to follow our journey and help grow packrafting in the UK.
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.
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