The Packrafter adventure Preparation
Fitness Requirments in short:
- 15kg - 20kg backpack up to 4 hours
- Paddling legs of up to 6 hours
- Reasonable water confidence /swimming ability
- very little paddling experience required / very beneficial
On your Packrafter lifestyle trip you might be carrying an approximately 15-20 kg backpack for up to 4 hours a day (mostly 2-3 hours) and some paddling legs may take between 4-6 hours. Your fitness will have a big impact on how much you will enjoy this unforgettable adventure. Even though paddling experience is not essential it will certainly help. We will assess and train you to make sure you are prepared for the challenges ahead.
Nobody, unless carrying a backpack every day, will be used to the different load on your shoulders and you will feel tired after a long day. And for the paddling section on our trips, unless you are paddling on a regular basis, you will feel your muscles burning in the evenings. This is all part of the adventure.
We understand it can be difficult to prepare for a specific adventure, but you should give it a try and we promise you will enjoy this trip even more.
Your goal is to walk with a backpack (around 10-15 kg) at a very easy pace for 2 – 3 hours.
It can be hard to prepare for the paddling demands unless you actually paddle. If you have the chance, great go for it – if not, replace the paddling sessions with arm strength/core training sessions.
TOP TIP: Wear your hiking boots that you plan on wearing for the trip on all training walks. This will make sure they are properly worn in and gives you a chance to find any hotspots or blister areas that might need attention. Also appropriate socks are as important as shoes if we talk blisters.