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Run time: 58 minutes
Luc Mehl, author of The Packraft Handbook, gave the keynote speech at the 2022 Roundup in Garden Valley, Idaho. Have you ever asked yourself, 'What's next for me in my packrafting career'? Based on his own experiences, Luc discusses the idea of turning yourself from a liability into an asset both on and off the water. Watch the speech below, and learn more about Luc and The Packraft Handbook on his website.
March 6, 2023
Run time: 49 minutes
This was APA's first-ever Access & Stewardship Town Hall! We spoke with park rangers Eran Howarth, a backcountry ranger with Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Steve Henry, a backcountry ranger with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. They discussed best practices for stewardship as it applies to the Escalante, as well as access information regarding packrafting the Escalante. We encourage anyone planning to packraft the Escalante to watch the video below to educate themselves on how to keep this region pristine and wild!
Photo: Dan Ransom
December 2nd, 2021
Run time: 1 hour 57 minutes
Doom released "The Bikeraft Guide” in summer 2021 and he brings us along on some of the adventures that led to the creation of the book. It's a journey through varied landscapes across the globe, and from the early days of bikepacking to the creation of Four Corners Guides, Scullbinder Ranch and "The Bikeraft Guide.”
NOTE: Bike packrafting regulations have changed significantly since Doom’s early trips! As always, check with the appropriate agencies for currently permitted activities and routes.
April 28th, 2021
Run time: 1 hour 41 minutes
Luc Mehl grew up on the Kuskokwim River in McGrath, Alaska, and returned to Alaska after completing graduate programs at MIT and UCSB. When he is not playing outside, he works in the environmental sciences and as an outdoor skills instructor. Luc has traveled 10,000 miles of Alaska by packraft, ski, foot, bike, and ice skate. He currently serves on the Education Committee of the American Packrafting Association and is a certified instructor for the Swiftwater Safety Institute. Learn more at Luc's website.
January 13th, 2021
Run time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Mark Oates is an outdoor education teacher in Tasmania, Australia who is passionate about packrafting and assisting others to improve their skills. Mark has been leading whitewater paddling trips with students for 30 years and is a Senior Whitewater Kayak Instructor in Australia. He has paddled and led packrafting workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Austria, Sweden and the USA. Learn more at Mark's website.
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