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 are 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: Camping is included in your registration fee for the nights of June 8, 9, and 10. 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. Camping is available at Sunlight before and after the nights of June 8, 9, and 10 for $10 per person per night, however campers must provide their own toilets. Please no catholes! Please contact Roundup organizer Jim Harris to arrange camping outside of the three Roundup nights.

There is also public land in the area that allows dispersed camping. The nearest dispersed camping to Carbondale is about 4 miles up Prince Creek Road, where you may find many pullout options once you cross the cattle guard onto BLM and USFS land. During the Roundup, bathrooms and potable water are available on site, but no showers. Recycling will be available this year. Please do your part to make the Roundup eco-friendly by minimizing your waste!

Saturday Dinner: APA will be providing a gourmet pizzas dinner from Local on Cooper to all Roundup participants on Saturday June 9. Gluten free and vegetarian pizzas will be available. In an effort to minimize waste, please provide your own plates, bowls, and utensils.

Rivers and Outings: There are reliable class 1 and 2 rivers within close driving distance from our base camp, with many additional world-class whitewater 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 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. Click here for course map and printable details.

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.

Bringing Pets to the Roundup: Well-behaved pets are welcome at Sunlight for the APA Roundup.  Our expectation is that your pet will be either leashed, or under voice control at all times, and that you are respectful of other participants’ space and belongings. If your pet is unruly, excessively loud, or harming others belongings you may be asked to leave.  Remember to bring your own bags for waste pick-up, and a leash for large group gatherings if you plan to bring your pet to those. We look forward to seeing you!

Questions?: Email us at roundup@packraft.org. Please don’t contact Sunlight Mountain Resort directly. If you would like to make travel or trip arrangements with other Rounduppers, post your questions and offers on the APA Roundup Facebook Page or the Colorado Packrafting Facebook page.

We are extremely thankful to our generous event sponsors (listed below) for their generous donations!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Roundup for another amazing event!

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APA would like to express sincere appreciation to the organizations and businesses that have supported us and our programs such as the Packraft Roundup and the APA Outings Program. Special thanks to the American Canoe Association for underwriting our events and providing organizational guidance.

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American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014