Paddle the Dadina River
Expeditions Alaska will provide all the gear necessary, including fitted Alpacka packrafts, drysuits, helmets, paddles, PFD (personal flotation device, and dry bags. We can provide dry bags as well, though it’s a good idea to have some small ones yourself. We can either provide camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, etc) or bring your own. You will need your own sleeping bag.
Expeditions Alaska will provide transport for you to/from Glennallen/Anchorage for the trip. All you need do is show up with your sense of adventure, appropriate clothing for some hiking (and a thermal base layer or 2) and we’re good to go. We’ll provide you with a complete gear list for the trip to help you pack.
These are fly in trips, so we’ll take a short air taxi ride in to the backcountry, hop out of the plane, and we’re on our way.
Is there any hiking on this trip?
If you want to hike over from Sanford River, yes. We can do a few days backpacking trip on the Sanford Plateau, drop down to Dadina and packraft from there.
If you want to just do dayhiking on this packrafting trip I’d suggest we schedule an extra day or even 2 on the upper Dadina River area. We could do another day for side hikes along the paddling portion.
How much paddling experience do I need for this?
This trip is for people with whitewater packrafting or kayaking experience only.
You need to be a solid Class IV boater to talk about coming on this trip.
Class III boating experience is OK, we’ll have to portage a little more.
What about packrafting gear?
Expeditions Alaska will outfit your packrafting trip. That includes packraft, spray skirt and boat deck, dry suit or splash wear (trip dependent), neoprene paddling gloves and booties. Whitewater trips include helmets. All paddlers are provided with an approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
Dry bags are included for you as well.
Your guide will also carry a tow strap, throw bag and line, plus the usual backcountry safety equipment of sat phones, first aid kits, etc.
If you have your own equipment, you’re welcome to use that instead. Let’s talk about it first and make sure your rig is appropriate for this trip.
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Upon your reservation I’ll also send out a comprehensive trip information packet that covers just about everything and more you might imagine about your trip.