2018 Packraft Roundup


APA will be hosting the fifth annual Packraft Roundup at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort near Carbondale, Colorado, on June 8-10, 2018. These dates should be the ideal time for this area, after considering historic weather patterns, river flows, and the current below-average state of the snowpack in Colorado. The registration fee is $100 per person aged 14 and over. Children 13 years and under are free.

Camping: There is a large dirt parking lot at Sunlight Mountain Resort for car campers, and dispersed walk-in tent camping in the nearby aspen forest. Bathrooms and potable water are available on site, but no showers.

Rivers and Outings: There are reliable class 1 and 2 rivers within close driving distance from our base camp, with many additional world-class white water options in the region for experienced paddlers. APA will be offering a limited number of volunteer-led outings on the easier rivers. Boaters interested in paddling class 3 rivers and above should plan on arranging private outings among themselves, or hiring a professional guide. Many of the regional paddling options are shown on our 2018 Roundup Location Map.

Jim Harris

Keynote Speaker: We are honored to announce that professional photographer and adventurer Jim Harris will be presenting the keynote address at the Roundup this year! Living the dream life of a “perpetual weekend,” with packrafting, skiing, mountaineering, and guiding adventures worldwide, Harris’s life was turned upside-down after a debilitating cervical spine injury at the end of 2014. We are so excited to hear and see breathtaking and inspiring reflections from Jim’s amazing life of adventure, sheer will, and recovery.

Swiftwater Safety: If you have not already, please plan on attending a swiftwater safety course prior to the Roundup. Swiftwater Safety Institute is planning to hold two back-to-back courses in western Colorado near the Roundup location immediately prior to the event: June 4-5 and June 6-7. Please click here for details and registration information.

Roundup Sponsors: We are extremely thankful to our generous event sponsors (listed below) who are donating a copious amount of product for our event auction and raffle. These gifts help us cover the cost of the event and provide APA with needed funding for our work on behalf of packrafters worldwide.

We are looking forward to seeing you there for another amazing event!

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American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014