Seattle Packrafters

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BigJon1488
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Seattle Packrafters

Post by BigJon1488 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:18 pm

Hey I just moved to Seattle and was wondering if there were any other pack rafters in the area. There are tons of pack rafting trips around here and they are close. Let me know if you would be interested in doing some trips. San Juan Islands, Queets River, Alpine Lakes, Green River Gorge....

-Jon

Canoecamper
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by Canoecamper » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:06 pm

have like 5 trips planned in the area this season, including the queets, quinalt and many others. Running the deschuttes on tuesday for some warm up. Going to scramble down the canyon and run it out for about 15 miles. Do you have a bike? We try not to take 2 cars.

nomad_nurse
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by nomad_nurse » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:24 pm

I am also moving back to the Seattle area and would love to join in on some of these trips, if there is room for one more. I'll be there in mid-may.

TheNZA
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by TheNZA » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:29 am

Sorry I didn't see this sooner! I got an alpacka in December with the intention of hitting a lot of rivers in the Olympics and have just started taking it out. I did 10 miles out and back on the Queets in early March, and attempted the same on the Hoh but there was not quite enough water in it in early April. I am hoping to do a lot more, and for some rivers like the Queets, the Bogachiel, and the Elwah, there should be opportunities year round. I did not kayak before getting a packraft, so I am a bit inexperienced in that area and leaning a lot (mainly through the U kayak club at UW), though I am very experienced in back country travel. So I am definately looking for people with packrafts to do some real trips in. Some of the rivers on the leeward side of the Olympics are pretty easy, but I would also like to get into so tougher stuff, such as the Quinault and parts of the Elwah (the Dosiwallips and the Duckabush are likely way out of my range for the moment!). Anyway, hit me up if you wanna packraft around Seattle!

Nat

TeeKay
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by TeeKay » Fri May 25, 2012 3:54 pm

Anybody want to boat something this weekend? Or in the next couple of months? I'm in Seattle until August, send me a message. Up for anything, easy or hard.

Thomas

IsaHa
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by IsaHa » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:12 am

Hey Portland to Seattle area folks. My name is Isaac. I live in Olympia, WA. I have 7 years of raft guiding experience in Idaho on rivers class II-!V+ including the Lochsa, Middle Fork of the Salmon and many others. I have some class II-III kayak experience, and some class II-IV duckie (inflatable kayak) experience. I can read water very well, and have travelled many small technical, as well as large, high volume canyon rivers. I have lots of backpacking experience throughout parts of WA, ID, MT, AK, including 6+ day longer trips and non technical peak climbing. I have a Wilderness First Responder certification and skills, and a Whitewater Rescue Tech I certification. I have limited packrafting experience. I just recently got my raft this July, however at this point I feel very comfortable in class II, confident in much class III, and have a goal of working up to class IV in the packraft hopefully by this fall. I am getting a late start in the packraft this year because I have been working but my schedule is about to open up in a few weeks. I am interested in trips in WA, ID, MT, OR in August and September, and WA and OR in the fall.

I have a few seemingly great trips in mind...although I dont have all the beta for each one. Looking into them via guidebooks and ranger conversations. At the top of my list....(dates slightly negotiable)

(8/5 -- 8/9) North Cascades Glacier Peak Wilderness, WA. Start at North Fork Sauk river. Hike up to Bingley Gap and walk on 6000ft Lost Ridge trail (supposed to be spectacular with meadows and mts) to the Pacific Crest Trail junction. Bingley Gap to PCT is about 14 miles. Walk PCT around the West and North portions of Glacier Peak, and head north to meet the Suiattle River trail. PCT section approximately 15 miles. From the junction of PCT and Suiattle River trail, put in packrafts on the Suiattle River. Float 8 miles of roadless wilderness river to the closed Sulphur creek campground. From this point the Suiattle River road is present near the river, but is closed to traffic for 12 or so miles (although there may be some road construction at some point this summer.) Float until the road opens up to cars again. Here, either have a car shuttle waiting on Suiattle River rd or continue the float all the way to the Sauk river. From the Sauk it would be an easy short hitchhike to Darrington where I have a friend who would shuttle us back to our cars at the North Fork Sauk. River miles from PCT to Sauk river confluence is crudely estimated at 30 miles. Two day float all the way to the Sauk, one day float to a car shuttle.

*Anybody's personal experience information about this river or hike would be much appriciated*

More Beta...
I have been told by friends who are Sauk River outfitters that the Suiattle from Sulphur Creek campground (the very end of riverside road) to the Sauk is mellow, epicly beautiful class II, with some wood in river, but definetly boatable. From Sulphur creek to PCT i currently have no info, although I am thinking about a seperate 2 day 1 night pre trip scouting mission that bikes 12 miles to Sulphur Creek, Hikes 8 miles along river to PCT, and floats out. To check the river mostly before setting out on the 30 mile hike in. Or, skip the scout trip, float from PCT to Sulphur Creek sight unseen with the possibility (although I think unlikely) that the river is gnar with wood and we end up walking 8 miles to Sulphur Creek, then float out.

This is one Idea for us WA, OR based folks, or anyone else interested in exploring this beautiful area. I have other ideas if anyone is interested in linking up. How about a non-hike-in but self supported with some layover day-hiking Klickitat River trip this August? Talk here, or email me at HarmsonI@gmail.com. Thanks for reading, be well people.

Isaac

jaymz
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by jaymz » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:22 pm

I'll be in Seattle for the weekend of the 28th / 29th and want to do some packrafting. If anyone has recommendations for a weekend or one-day trip, or would like to join me, do let me know! - info2{AT}dilworth{DOT}org

James

jdk610
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by jdk610 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:44 pm

I realize this is a long-shot, but anyone on this thread still live in the Seattle area and looking to do some packrafting?

ChrisH024
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Re: Seattle Packrafters

Post by ChrisH024 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:03 am

Hey jdk610, yep there are lots of us in the area, send me a PM.

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