March 12, 2008

Contact: Andleeb Dawood
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New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream

BOZEMAN, MONTANA, March 10, 2008 – Backpacking Light Magazine has announced the availability of the new book PACKRAFTING! An Introduction & How-To Guide. Written by world-renowned packrafting instructor and adventurer Roman Dial, the book is the first book ever published on the topic of packrafting, offering unparalleled narrative and instruction in a beautiful, full-color volume with photographs from packrafting expeditions around the world.

PACKRAFTING! is about exploring wilderness and whitewater by packraft, a lightweight, portable boat usually weighing less than five pounds. Readers will learn about packrafting gear and technique as well as the many applications for packrafting. Packrafting can be combined with mountaineering, backcountry skiing, mountain biking or trekking as part of long expeditions, or short day trips.

Roman Dial has been a leader of the packrafting movement for two decades, from first descents of Class V creeks to multi-week traverses of Alaska’s Brooks Range to the first packrafting trek in the Grand Canyon in January 2008. Dial is a professor of Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, where he teaches packrafting courses.

Ryan Jordan, publisher of Backpacking Light Magazine and a pioneer of packrafting in the Northern Rocky Mountains, said, "There may be no better single tool for long distance wilderness travel than a packraft, and no better instructor for using it than Roman Dial. Roman has proved packrafting technique over and again. The rest of us will benefit immensely from his experience."

Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, says "It was no accident that Roman was among the first people on the planet to understand that the packraft would revolutionize wilderness exploration."

Brad Meiklejohn, the Alaska Representative for The Conservation Fund said, "Roman Dial is the Pied Piper of Packrafting. If you’re not careful, his infectious enthusiasm will seduce you to squander every spare moment of your life in search of the next classic day of butt-boating."

PACKRAFTING! can be prepurchased at for June 2008 delivery, and will hit booksellers later this summer. In addition, PACKRAFTING! will be made available for digital download at

Book Information

Packrafting! An Introduction and How-To Guide
By Roman Dial
Foreward by Jon Krakauer
Published by Backpacking Light (June 2008)
ISBN 978-0-9748188-3-2

Media Resources

The following media resources are available upon request:

  • Press/review copies via digital download.
  • Book excerpts/chapters for republication.
  • Hi-resolution images of the author, packrafting, and the book cover/inside pages.

About Backpacking Light

Backpacking Light is the premier magazine for lightweight hiking and backcountry travel, and has published extensive information about packrafting, including techniques, expedition reports, gear lists, and more. Visit Backpacking Light online at