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Posted by B_M on Apr 09 2006
I don't have any experience personally, but the woman who makes them is the mother of a guy I went to school with.  A lot of my friends have them and have used them in various capacities.  Thor Tingey, the son of the maker, used one to pack-raft hundreds of miles of the Brooks Range.  I'm not sure what rivers he floated, but he would go a long ways on a river, climb up and over the mountains, and then do the same thing over and over.  The raft always held up.  Alpaca rafts have since been used on a number of expeditions, and I've never heard a bad thing about them.  Whether it's hiking up Winner Creek to the headwaters of 20-mile and then floating out or doing a crossing of the Brooks, it seems like this raft does awesome.  I sure plan on getting one, but it's not yet my #1 priority.  They're a little more expensive than they used to be, but still worth it if you want to pack light and float out.

That's what I know, for what it's worth.


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