Preparations for Patagonia: West Highland Way

News from Josh Wood who is planning a trip to Patagonia. In preparation he recently tested his Longshore EX280 packraft on the West Highland Way:

"The pair of us aimed to complete the West Highland Way on land and loch. This is roughly 90 miles on foot across the Scottish Highlands and 19 miles packrafting across the largest in-land body of water in the UK; Loch Lomond. 

We like to hike lightweight and the packraft and all the wet gear added enough ballast to make us initially believe that the trip was going to be too difficult. Having completed the task, we are now convinced by the idea of packrafting. It is a great feeling to be amphibious; we could paddle to islands in the lake for lunch then back to the mainland to make it to the pub on foot.  We honed the pack out and pack up to under 20 mins which was fun in itself. 

The raft floated like a dream on the loch, and we calculated the speed to be about the same as hiking, if not quicker considering we could take more direct lines across the flat water. Rafting also afforded us time to relax our backs and feet, and to put some music on and charge our phones via the solar panel tied to the front. 

The Longshore packraft is reliable and I know it will last throughout our future endeavours. The weight is well worth it. 

Patagonia next..."

Tim Clark