Packrafting The Greater Patagonian Trail

Joshua Wood and Amy Osborne have just completed 1200km of the Greater Patagonian Trail by foot and in a Longshore packraft and kindly sent us their story:

The Greater Patagonian Trail was, without doubt, the best experience of our lives. It was seriously tough but utterly incredible. We battled through thick bush, capsized on rapids, sailed on lakes and fjords, sat out snow blizzards, trespassed through forest and jungle, got blown off our feet by the infamous Patagonian winds on mountain passes and traversed volcanoes… Read more

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A lunar eclipse, paddling with seals and a night on an island

The beaches between Blakeney Point and Holkham in Norfolk are broad and stunning.

At low tide they stretch to the horizon, and when we visited, were completely empty and untouched, possibly because they can only be reached by hiking through salt marshes that flood rapidly when the tide turns.

This makes them dangerous to all except locals or those with packrafts and a carefully laid plan.

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Exploring Upper Horse Island

No-one visits Upper Horse Island.

To the uninitiated, walking along the banks of Holehaven Creek, it appears to be just another nondescript mud bank. Yet local legend states, there was once a Roman fort here and satellite imagery clearly shows rectangular earthworks, encompassing a pattern of shallow symmetrical channels.

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Takahashi's Castle and the Priest Killer

The Soča valley around Bovec, is a spectacular steep-sided cauldron, set amongst the Slovenian Alps, just a few miles from the Italian and Austrian borders. Two rivers flow into this scenic plateau and one flows out, down a boulder strewn gorge…

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Searching for U-Boats

At first light on cold November morning, I paddled out into the mist and mud flats of the Medway Estuary, with the aim of finding the last visible U-boats wrecks in the UK. Exactly a century before, on 21 November 1918, an armada of German U-boats had converged on Harwich and surrendered to the British.

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Urban Packrafting on the River Wandle

Most of London's great tributaries have been lost beneath pavement and concrete. Rivers like the Fleet and Tyburn now trickle through pipes to the Thames. The Wandle, however still carves much of its original course and has been steadily cleaned and cared for, presenting a unique opportunity to explore a regenerated urban river.

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An English Packraft Gathering

Storm Bronagh was coming.

We watched as belts of rain and 50mph winds swept across the UK and considered whether we should cancel the first English Packraft Gathering, scheduled for the next day, on the edge of Brands Bay, Poole Harbour.

Then we noticed a break in the weather. A brief lull between Storm Ali and Bronagh and trusting in our Weather Apps, we raced for the coast…

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After Work: An Evening on the Thames

We were looking for an after-work paddle, but the canals in central London were choked with weed and many of the nearby rivers were running shallow. So we choose the Thames which always flows, regardless of how long and hot the summer. Our plan was simple and we began it by cheating...

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Urban Packrafting through London

Packrafting isn't just about wilderness exploration and whitewater.

One warm summer's evening, whilst the ebb tide of commuters flowed out of London, three of us swam against the flow. By bus, tube and foot we converged on Paddington Basin, with packrafts and paddles tucked away inside small rucksacks…

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Tirio Packrafting Featured in The Observer.

Jason Taylor is a highly knowledgeable and lovely guy. We recommend his courses and days out if you want to find out more about packrafting, or if you've already got the kit but want to learn some new skills whilst paddling some stunning locations.

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