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Packrafting Bergslagen: Lakes

By Deliverance Team 2015.07.28 in Finished Adventures

The Svartälven River System

Place: Malmlången, Karlskoga – Lundsfjärden, Grythyttan

Water Flow: 37 m3/s

Date: 16th Juli 2015

Henrik went on a solo tour upstream the water ways of the river system Svartälven. Equiped with a packraft, sail and fishing rod he paddled his way north, through the boreal forest and lakes of Bergslagen. This part of Svartälven is more of a lake system, than a river system. The journey took three days and he passed four lakes along the way; Malmlången, Skärjen, Halvarsnoren and Lundsfjärden.

Without a sail and so many big lakes, this route is not really packraft friendly. Buf if you do own a sail and have the winds blowing in your favour, a packraft might be a very good idea. There are several portages along the route because of dams and a packraft makes them pretty easy to do.

The river can be paddled at any season, accept winter. We  recomend to paddle the river in autumn, when the wide open lake views gives an fantastic show in red and yellow.

If you want to see more about the trip, watch our movie Black River.

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Packrafting Bergslagen: Rapids

By Deliverance Team 2015.07.28 in Finished Adventures

White Water Wilderness.

Place: Northern Nittälven, Lilla Nitten – Uvbergsbron

Water Flow: 2,6 m3/s measured near the outflow of Nordtjärnsälven. If you want to paddle, we recommend at least 3 m3/s. Check it at:  http://vattenwebb.smhi.se/hydronu/

Date: 27th of July 2015.

A weekend of heavy rain (40 mm) made it possible to packraft the northern part of Nittälven. The route has many small class1-3 rapids and one waterfall. It is not possible to paddle it with an regular open canoe or kayak. Lightweigh inflates are the only way  to go.

The Deliverance Team announced on the “Packrafting Sweden” forum on Facebook, that the part of the river was raftible during a short period of time. Peter, from the Southern part of Sweden, took the chance to float with us. The route is 11 kilometers and it is a perfect day trip. Lunch halfway at Brattforsen.

If it looks like fun and you want som more detailed information about the route, you can find an old movie here and a detailed guide here (in Swedish).

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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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