PakCanoe Adventures
Ranguana Cay, Belize by PakCanoe Print E-mail

We paddled out to the reefs surrounding the island (and often beyond), using the Pakboat as a platform to snorkel, diving and climbing in without difficulty.  

Pakboats on the Hood River, NWT Print E-mail

 At one point, at the end of a long rock garden, we decided to boof through a hole that would have swamped the hard boats - and didn't take on a teacup of water.

Moisie River by solo PakCanoe Print E-mail

 The 2001 trip would represent our most challenging conditions, because it rained for the first 14 days, and a river on the rise is always sobering.

Pakboats through Desolation Canyon and Gray Canyon, Green River Print E-mail

In addition to four oar rafts, we had ten rubber duckies (inflatable kayaks), a hard shell kayak, a solo whitewater Mohawk, and two 17 foot Pakboats with spray covers. 

Pakboats on the Rio Verde, Mato Grosso Print E-mail

THE LOST WORLD, Rio Verde, Brazilian Mato Grosso  2001
by Simon Chapman

"Above us towered the Ricardo Franco hills, flat topped and mysterious, their flanks scarred by deep quebradas. Time and the foot of man had not touched these summits. They stood like a lost world, forested to their tops, and the imagination could not picture the last vestiges of an age long vanished." (Lt Colonel PH Fawcett. Expedition Fawcett 1908)

This description and Fawcett’s 1908 expedition became the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s famous book "The Lost World". In July 2001 Simon Chapman set out to retrace the Fawcett expedition’s route. Below follows an excerpt from Simon Chapman’s article about his expedition:

Pakboats on the Riviere aux Feuilles Print E-mail

Leaf River, Northern Quebec  2001

By Willem Lange

If you are a logistician, you’ll be interested to know that eight guys and all their gear, a driver, and four PakBoats will fit into a 15-passenger van – just barely! Our driver dropped us off at Dorval before dawn on Day 1, and we were at the desk waiting when Air Inuit woke up. The airline charged us several hundred dollars for our overweight luggage – eight dry bags, three food bags, a wanigan, four canoes in duffel bags, paddles, and fishing rods. Then it was off to Radisson, Quebec, where we discovered that the pilot who was supposed to meet us and fly us to our river that day was a missing person. After an anxious night in a motel and a tour of the HydroQuebec generating station, we finally located him (he was on Cree time, not ours) and flew in two groups in a Cessna Caravan to Lake Minto. Group One set up tents and assembled the canoes while they waited, and began swatting flies, which wold become a very popular activity during the next three weeks.

Yellowstone River by PakCanoe Print E-mail


PakCanoes are great even for close-to-home journeys. Last summer I took my oldest son (10) on a trip to Yellowstone Park with some friends. We used the PakCanoe 160 with spraycover. The first advantage was that it allowed us to carpool because we didn't have a boat that required space on a roof rack. It simply got tossed in the back with the rest of the gear. At the lakeside put-in, we had the boat assembled and packed in less than half an hour (including time to answer questions from curious bystanders).

Wilderness Paddler's Handbook, PakCanoes Print E-mail

Folding Canoes, Alan Kesselheim (2001)  

One of the biggest hassles on longer expeditions is transporting the silly canoe. Here's this 17-foot, 70-pound rigid monstrosity that has to perch on top of your car,get strapped onto plane floats, fit inside a freight car, whatever. It's like taking the piano along.

Bike Friday and PakCanoe Print E-mail

Bike and Paddle (2000)

I have an Escape 15 and would like to get a clamp-on portage yoke for it. I understand that there is a commonly available yoke that fits (Mad River was it?) and I see you carry one now also. Could you please tell me how much yours costs, what the other one is, and if the two are the same?

Thanks much,

BTW. I have really enjoyed my boat. I also own a Bike Friday folding travel bike and have found a way to tow the canoe in my bike trailer. A few times last summer I loaded the canoe into the bike trailer, pedaled off to a nice local creek or river, set up the canoe, loaded the bike into it's case which fit beautifully into the bottom of the canoe, and paddled for a day. It was wonderful! No need to get a shuttle back to my car after a day of point to point paddling! I'm a fan.

Jon Poppele.

Pakboats, Expedition Canoeing by Cliff Jacobson Print E-mail

Expedition Canoeing, Cliff Jacobson (2000)

By Cliff Jacobson

Folding Canoes

Joel and Bev Hollis reported on their 1998 experiences with a PakCanoe on the Kuujjua River in a letter to Alv Elvestad, the chief executive officer of ScanSport:

"In retrospect we wish we had our folding PakCanoe rather than our Old Town Tripper, especially since we had such long portages. The Tripper weighs about 95 pounds outfitted, the PakCanoe weighs about 50 pounds. Also, the first week of the trip we had low water, and had to drag our boat. Of all the boats on the river, the PakCanoe performed the best. The inflatable canoe developed leaks in the bottom and floated very low because of the heavy load of gear. The Tripper did okay, but most of the vinyl outer layer wore off, and the Kevlar bang plates were badly ground down. The PakCanoe developed some minor abrasion on the keel strip, but it was easily patched. Also, the PakCanoe seemed to float higher than the other boats, which made it easier to drag."

I first saw folding canoes in action in 1992, on the Hood River in Canada's Northwest Territories. I was portaging my Royalex canoe around a particularly dicey Class III drop (see appendix E) when I observed three forest green Ally folding canoes heading into the rapids. I just shook my head and said "no way!"

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