Video: Show Up and Blow Up Packrafting

Packrafters seek out waterfalls and Class V whitewater in Mexico

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Packrafts have a long history of enabling wilderness explorers to seek out remote river trips, but recent improvements in materials and design have jump-started a “great leap forward” in the level of whitewater packrafting. The craft that began as a glorified whitewater inner tube is now a class-capable inflatable that can go anywhere.

Luc Mehl and his team brought their packrafts to Mexico to tackle waterfalls and classic whitewater on the Micos, Alseseca, and Rio Del Oro. Whether you’re traveling by aircraft or backpacking through remote terrain, the packraft truly allows you to “show up and blow up” without the hassle of a cumbersome creek boat. With packrafters beginning to style Class V rapids and 30-foot waterfalls in the front country the only question is: How will this affect their use on remote wilderness rivers and multi-day expeditions?

—Read reviews of the most advanced whitewater packrafts on C&K

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