Week of Rivers:
Class II The “Week of Rivers” offers a blend of exploration & skill progression. This is a frontcountry tour, showing you a different class II river each day, a mix of roadside runs & others we hike into.
We start off reviewing river safety & brush up on paddling & boat control skills on Portage River, south of Girdwood. This is an opportunity for the instructor to assess group ability & plan the week.
Exact location depends on group ability & current water levels. The potential rivers are in 2 separate regions: Hope/Girdwood area & further north near Willow or Glacier View. These regions are 2-3 hours apart; the first 2-3 days we’ll paddle in the Girdwood/Hope area before moving north to a different area. Possible runs near Hope/Girdwood include Granite or Glacier Creek; up north our options are Willow Creek, East Fork Matanuska & the main Matanuska River.
Participants must provide their own transportation each day & are encouraged to carpool. Depending on the itinerary, many chose to camp out near the river.
Level II course and/or previous experience packrafting class II rivers. This is also a hiking trip! Participants must be able to hike off trail with a 20-30 lb backpack for 3-4 hrs.
River difficulty: Class II/II+
July 24-28th, 2023
Portage River, Glacier Creek, Granite Creek, East Fork Matanuska, Matanuska River, Willow Creek
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