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Packrafting on the Poudre River – Winter Paddling with Alpacka Yukon

May 4, 2014 – 9:31 pm | Comments Off
Paddling a packraft on the Poudre River

Paddling a packraft on the Poudre River

More winter paddling pictures … I had two paddling photo sessions with my Alpacka Yukon packraft on the Poudre River in February. Both times I started at Kingfisher Point Natural Area in Fort Collins. There is about half mile of slow water behind the diversion dam there. My cruising speed in a packraft is about 2.5 mph. So, paddling against even a slow current provided a pretty good workout.

I did some calculations and speculations whether it is possible to finish Missouri River 340 in a packraft – 340 miles with 88 hours deadline. After setting up a comfortable seat it would possible to make to a finish within ~80 hours or so if weather conditions are not too difficult. However, it would be very difficult to make deadlines for the first two checkpoint which are designed to filter out slow paddlers.

I added above pictures of a packraft to my stock photography portfolio. There are available for immediate download and licensing as royalty free images starting at $2 for a small size suitable for blogging and web publishing.

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Wildcat Mound Run – the South Platte River by Bike and Packraft
Biking and Packrafting – A Selfsupported Classic Run on the South Platte River near Greeley
Inline Skating and Packrafting – Road and River Test on the South Platte

Sunrise and Sunset Paddling with WSBS Thunderbolt Kayak

April 16, 2014 – 6:43 pm | Comments Off

I started springtime paddling season with WSBS Thunderbolt kayak, the only boat in my paddling fleet I can reach 8 mph with (or at least try). There are four pictures below from the same lake (Beaver Pond in Arapaho Bend Natural Area) from paddling sessions …

Wintertime Canoe, Packraft and SUP Paddling in northern Colorado

April 5, 2014 – 4:47 pm | Comments Off

This year I had a longer break in paddling during winter than usual. I finished my 2013 season in late November with Badfish SUP on the Poudre River in Fort Collins and restarted in late January on the South Platte River with Sea Wind canoe. …

Merry Christmas for All Paddling, Training and Racing Friends

December 24, 2013 – 2:34 pm | Comments Off

Tracking 2013 Missouri River 340 Race

July 20, 2013 – 2:43 am | Comments Off

I am just packing for the 2013 Missouri River Race from Kansas City, KS to St Charles, MO. The race start on July 23 and continues till July 26. It will be my 7th MR340 race (I missed the delayed one in 2011) and the …

Stand Up and Sit Down Paddling with GoPro Hero 2 and 3 Cameras

March 29, 2013 – 11:06 pm | Comments Off

It happens again … I am playing with cameras instead of training. Do I really have to paddle that MR340 race?

I have recently upgraded from GoPro Hero 2 camera to Hero 3 (black edition). Let’s look at some pictures from my recent paddling on Beaver …

Midwest Kayak and Canoe Racing?

February 17, 2013 – 7:59 pm | Comments Off

Joe Mann (aka Dark Horse Paddler in racing circles) is developing a new website devoted to Midwest kayak and canoe racing. He asked me about my view of Midwest paddling racing. What is Midwest paddle racing?
Midwest …
The region consists of 12 states …

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