2019 8.8 Ft(270cm) One Person Self Bailing Lightweight Packraft For Bikerafting
Pick up a packaging tool, grab a bike, put them together and you “ride a bike”. People from New Zealand’s Packrafting took us on a bicycle trip…
“If you haven’t tried bikerafting before, just rent a packraft, pick an easy loop and give it a shot! It’s heaps of fun—a totally different way to traverse a landscape. This is bikerafting.” – Deane Parker, Packrafting Queenstown.
Hugh and a few friends took us on a bike and trip to Canterbury, New Zealand. The water is located on the turbulent Waimakariri River:
What to bring and how to pack everything you need – including the packaging on your bike and the 4-piece puncture paddle.
Tips for attaching the bike to your own packaging so that once you are on the water you can be safe, so it won’t interfere with your paddling.
If you are not familiar with the packaging process, start with a lower level river and let yourself have time to become a paddler.
What brings you to your Bikeraft trip
Most of Hugh’s equipment is in the zip compartment of his Alpacka Raft stern. For convenience and safety, he carried something with him:
Snacks, dry clothes, camera/cell phone – all fixed in a dry bag.
Always wear your PFD (Personal Flotation Device or Life Jacket).
Tether straps to prevent you from having to pull someone into trouble.
On the river, Hugh always carries a bag – a rope attached to a small bag to help rescue a companion while overturning.
Backcountry Hut for a stay Stay
Hugh’s team used a conservation department’s wild cabin on their trip.
New Zealand has a network of more than 800 such huts built for non-entertainment purposes after the Second World War. Since then, they have been very popular with hikers, climbers, cyclists and now cyclists.
These cabins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including bunk beds that sleep from two people to 40 people.
If you are cycling in most other countries, you need a sleeping mat and some type of shelter: tarpaulin, tent or camping bag.