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Black River part two (movie)

By Deliverance Team 2015.07.21 in Movies

Black River part two

A solo packrafting trip upstream the waterways in the Swedish boreal forest. The area Bergslagen has a history of mining and exploitation of hydro power. Is there still any wilderness left? Henrik, without the rest of The Deliverance Team, put his packraft into the river to find out.
This is part two out of two.

Black River part one (movie)

By Deliverance Team 2015.07.19 in Movies

Black River part one

A solo packrafting trip upstream the waterways in the Swedish boreal forest. The area Bergslagen has a history of mining and exploitation of hydro power. Is there still any wilderness left? Henrik, without the rest of The Deliverance Team, put his packraft into the river to find out.
This is part one out of two.

My best set up for packrafts

By Deliverance Team 2015.05.24 in Equipment

DSC_0165I have tried many different ways and gear to secure the equipment to  the packraft. The best set up for the packraft and my favouriter right now is this:

I carry tent, sleeping baf etc in the Härkila adventure waterproof duffle bag. The packing net from Biltema (small mesh non elastic) is attached with S-binders in the loops of the Alpacka Raft packraft. The net gives you an fast and easy way to secure equipment like GoPro, water bottle etc. Just stick it under the net or attach it with a snaplink.
The black camera bag from The North Face has MOLLE straps and is attached with S-biners in the net. Easy and fast excess to the camera.

Meetings in Kaljoxa Valley

By Deliverance Team 2015.05.19 in Uncategorized

Meetings in Kaljoxa Valley

The Deliverance Team, HikeVentures and Urban Packrafter in a weekend tour at Nittälven.

Movie made by Urban Packrafter.

International packrafting round-up.

By Deliverance Team 2015.04.22 in Finished Adventures

Get together.

Nitt-037The Deliverance Team was contacted by Jacob, also known as the Urban Packrafter. He and HikeVentures had this idea of doing a packraft trip together with us.
Always up for adventure and packrafting we jumped on the idea.

We agreed to show them our home water Nittälven and the date was set to 17-19 of April, to catch the best of the spring flood. The plan was to paddle the northern part of the river, starting at the tarn Lilla Nitten. However, spring flood came one month too early and we realized that the water would be too shallow at the point of date.

The starting point was therefore set to the bridge at Uvbergsbron and the finish at the wind shelter at Havsjömossen; a one and a half day paddle trip.

Cold night and frosty morning.

DSC_0101-widesmallThe Deliverance Team arrived to the area earlier than the others. The team was represented by Henrik and Martin who also brought along a packrafting green horn friend by the name of Pär.

Since Urban Packrafter and HikeVentures were supposed to arrive later that evening, we took the opportunity to check out the flood at the Brattforsen waterfall further up north.

As we expected, the water level was to low to packraft, but the fall gave us an impressive show nevertheless.

Night fell and so did the temperature, but the mosquitoes did not seem to mind the cold and the random spots of snow and ice still lingering around the area of Nittälven.

Nitt-001Urban Packrafter and HikeVentures arrived after 23:00. We had a Quick chatt and then went to sleep all five of us in a windshelter.

The night brought temperatures under zero degrees Celsius. Due to the unexpected low temperature Henrik had a lot of problems boiling water with his kitchen using summer gas.

Even flow.

Nitt-003We took off down the river as soon as we had our breakfast. The river has a nice flow the first half of the day. There are no rapids but the water is flowing in an fast pace and there are almost no need for paddle strokes at all.

This is the last weekend to start a paddle trip from Uvbergsbron. In one weeks time, the water level will be too low. pine-rafter-small

We gently drifted past pine heaths and bogs. The morning cold was starting to give in for the sun shinging down on us from an almost cloudless blue sky.

A couple of rapids.

BeerWe had lunch at Eskils Koja. Konstantin from HikeVentures had brought local beer from the Neatherlands and Jacob offered us some home smoked bacon. Henrik from The Deliverance Team introduced the forigners to the owen cooked meat called Tjälknöl.

Nitt-033After lunch we had a couple of class I rapids to pass before we were done for the day. The first ones are in the Southern part of the nature reserve of Kaljoxadalen and the other rapids called Laxforsen (The salmon rapid)  are a couple of kilometers further south. The last rapids are at the bridge called Kolbron.Nitt-012

Nitt-17Nitt-017There was no problem taking the rapids, but this were probably the last days of the season to ride the white water without hitting any stones and such.

Camp Kolbron.

Nitt-030We arrived at Kolbron after aprox six hours of paddling. Tents and tarps were raised and the traditional camp fire was lit.

We had a great time telling jokes and talking about our outdoor experiances. bottle

Nitt-027A large flock of craned flew over our heads and landed on a nearby bog. As their calls woke some of us up the next morning, Martin was already on his feet and on his way to bring life to the dying embers of last nights campfire.

Many fallen trees.

Nitt-035We had this idea that the last part of the trip was going to be an easy one. The river flows through a sandy lowland and starts to meander a lot.

strandedsmallThere was a lot more fallen trees over the river than the last time the Deliverance Team was here. We could pass under the most of them, but a couple of obstacles right before the windshelter at Havsjömossen had to be climbed over or portaged.

After the arrival to Havsjömossen and picking up cars, we honored the tradition and hit the local pizzeria at Kopparberg. Before we said goodbye to each other, we decided to have another packraft adventure together…

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ENTHRALLED

By Deliverance Team 2015.04.05 in Movies

Feathercraft BayLee1

By Deliverance Team 2015.03.29 in Equipment

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The BayLee1 is a light weight packraft from the Canadian Company Feathercraft.

It has larger cousins, the BayLee2 and The Beast. The BayLee1 is more expansive than the similar packrafts from Alpacka Raft. It has the old school Alpacka Raft look, before they introduced the big butt version in 2011.

The BayLee1 is available with or without spraydeck and self bailing floor.

The fabric is the same as Alpacka Raft uses for their packrafts; uruthane covered nylon cloth.

The seat is placed a little bit away from the stern unlike the Alpacka Raft packrafts, and it gives the possibility to store a smaller drybag behind the seat.

There are handles in both stern and bow for carrying and dragging the packraft, something that I really miss on the Alpacka Rafts.11104197_10152786401427444_59118319_n

The D-rings on top of the BayLee1 are great, but should be placed further up the bow. As a resault a large puddle of water collects on top of the spray deck when they are used to secure luggage.

The air valve is different from Alpacka Raft models. It has the same push valves as the inflatible canoes from Gumotex.

Unilke the Alpacka Rafts, all the valves and nozzles are placed protected inside of the boat.

To air fill the BayLee1 you connect an adapter to the valve and then the air bag to the adapter. The rest is the same as on the Alpacka packrafts; fill the bag with air and push the air into the tubes. The BayLee1 has two air tubes unlike the Alpacka Rafts that only uses one.11096845_10152786401382444_2102181177_n

 

11091164_10152786401362444_129711087_nLength:

203 cm

Width:

94 cm

Weight:

2,95 kg (without spray deck)

3,4 kg (with spray deck)

4,54 kg (with self bailing floor)

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