Jan 8, 2014 at 4:34 am #1311890
David BeecheyBPL Member
Hi – I am the new proud owner of a Denali Llama though my packrafting experience is Zero!
I am a fairly experienced light weight backpacker and am looking to my UK friends for some ideas for starter routes in the UK.
Scotland seems the ideal location for long walks coupled with Loch crossings. Knoydart (a favourite of mine) as well as the Fisherfield Forest areas seem ideal locations.
I am looking for easy flat water routes that couple packrafting with backpacking and any ideas would be appreciated.Jan 8, 2014 at 5:56 am #2061472
Paul MountfordBPL Member
@sparticusLocale: Atlantic Canada
You might want to check out the Great Glen Canoe Trail http://greatglencanoetrail.info/. When I was walking the Great Glen Way in 2011, I found out about the Canoe Trail and thought it would be fun to do in a packraft. Caution would be needed on the bigger Lochs as they can get quite choppy, but the benefit of the packraft means that you can bail to the Great Glen Way if you had to. Doing it West to East means that the prevailing winds are usually at your back.
The lower section of River Spey a great paddling trip – http://www.canoescotland.org/AccessEnvironment/RiverSpeyGuide/RouteDescription.aspx. In Oct 2012, I did a trip from the Head Waters at Loch Spey to the A96 Bridge. I mountain biked into Loch Spey but it could be done in a day of walking. The water levels were very low that year so I had to walk my raft a lot the first two days (cold feet in Oct). The lower section of the River Spey (often referred to as a River Spey decent) is a popular multi day trip for paddlers and I wish that I had focused on that part of the river instead.
Lots of other options in Scotland that will come up if you Google Packraft and Scotland, but I did not have my raft long enough while in the UK to plan more than one trip.Jan 8, 2014 at 5:58 am #2061473Jan 8, 2014 at 1:18 pm #2061616
Mole JBPL Member
several packrafting trips.Jan 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm #2061635
IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERABPL Member
@idtejeraLocale: CANARY ISLANDS
I think it's a great idea the Great Glen Way. Another idea would be to make the first part of our trip to Scotland, from Morar to Fort Williams.
More information on Planeta Packraft:
RegardsJan 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm #2061647
Martin RyeBPL Member
Avoid the Great Glen as you will find much better options. Contact my friend David Hind and he will no doubt help sort some great packrafting routes for you.
Contact linkJan 9, 2014 at 5:41 am #2061815
David BeecheyBPL Member
Thanks all for the ideas so far.
Prior to getting the Llama I had been soaking up all the info on packrafting I could find.
Some great sites I found were :
Getting final kit together and this forum has been a great source of info too !Jan 9, 2014 at 6:14 am #2061817
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