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Welcome to the 2019 annual European Packrafting Meet-up at the Soca River for the international packrafting community.

DAY 1: Wednesday May 1.

  • Arrive Camp-Liza, check in, get river passes at Camp-Liza shop and set up camp.
  • Scout: Get to know area, river maps (Get one when you get your river pass), short hikes, scout rapids.
  • Paddle with friends.
  • Relaxed social evening.

DAY 2: Thursday May 2.

  • Morning 0900-1200:
    • Whole group Introductions: Supporters/ Guides/ River & Safety info.
    • Workshop information and registration.
  • Afternoon 1400-1700:
    • Packraft Rescue Skills WW I-III (8 Person) – Annika Seidl / Packraft Touren.
    • Practice Eddy Runs WW II – III (6 Person) – Gabriel Gersch / Outventurous.
    • Flip Self Rescue Techniques Calm Water (8 Person) – Robert Gamweger.
    • Interactive workshop on Expedition (bad weather) packing systems – Sebastian Schmidt / Land Water Adventures.
  • Evening 2030-2230:
    • 1st Presentation by Gabriel Gersch / Outventurous.
    • 2nd Presentation by Konstantin Gridnevskiy / Hike Ventures.
    • Socializing.

DAY 3: Friday May 3.

  • Morning 0900-1200:
    • Professional technique training WW III (8 Person) – Annika Seidl / Packraft Touren.
    • Beginners course WW I-II (8 Person) – Mark Oates.
    • Whitewater swimming / throw bagging WW I-II/ (8 Person) – Seon Crockford-Laserer / Packraft Europe.
  • Afternoon 1400-1700:
    • Whitewater swimming / throw bagging WW I-II (6 person) – Robert Gamweger.
    • Family packrafting – Session for paddlers with kids WW I-II – Seon & Michaela Crockford-Laserer / Packraft Europe.
  • Evening 2030-2230:
    • Mini Flow Film Festival – Tobias Schaefer – Living Rivers Foundation.
    • Socializing.

DAY 4: Saturday May 4.

  • Morning 0900-1200:
    • Professional technique training WW III (8 Person) – Annika Seidl / Packraft Touren.
    • Intermediate course WW II -III (8 Person) – Mark Oates.
    • Advanced whitewater swimming / throw bagging / tethered rescue WW II-III/ (6 person) – Seon Crockford-Laserer / Packraft Europe.
  • Afternoon 1400-1700:
    • Various group paddles, different rivers, sections, class, levels.
  • Evening 2030-2230:
    • Raffle – Auction – Prizes.
    • Presentation & Film by Rok Rozman / Balkan Rivers Tour.
    • Socializing.

DAY 5: Sunday May 5.

  • Onward to your next adventure 😉

 

This event will be held over 5 days from Wednesday the 1st of May until Sunday the 5th of May 2019 at the same venue as the 2018 event “Camp Liza”. May 1st is arrival day, the official program will start on May 2nd.

The event will have a similar structure to the 2018 meet up and will focus on the same core elements of River Conservation and Safety and Technique Training.  Day one will be an arrival day, days two,three & four, there will be safety, whitewater rescue and skills training workshops that participants can join if they wish (each workshop is optional and will have limited places available) and on all days there will be opportunities for paddlers to get together in small groups to paddle and explore the surrounding rivers and natural beauty of the Soca area.

There will be also be packrafts and gear available for demo.

The European Packrafting Meet-up is organized by and run by volunteers! 100% of all monies raised are donated to help support the NGO’s fighting to protect Europe’s Rivers. The “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign, Balkan River Defence,  and River Film Fest EU.

If you would like to help support this event (guide, rescue training, workshops, presentations, first aid, travel reports, demo gear, ideas)  please get in touch 😉

All packrafters who wish to attend must register for the event.

Registration for the event will close on Friday the 26th of April 2019.

The Facebook page for the event can be found here.

 

Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Training Courses (Packraft Specific).

There will be Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician courses being held directly after the meet up at Camp Liza. WRT-Foundation (1 day) on the 6th of May, and WRT-Recreational (2 day) on the 6th and 7th of May. More information can be found here.

 

Who is this event for?

  • Packrafters 18yrs and older (if younger they must attend with parent/caregivers who take responsibility for them) and people from a tramping (hiking) or whitewater background who are interested in packrafting. There will be a limited number of demo packrafts and packrafting gear available to try.

 

You are responsible for your own safety !

This event has been organized as a chance for like-minded people to get together. You are responsible for your own safety on and off the water at all times. Having said that, there will be plenty of local and experienced packrafters who can provide support and share tips and ideas.

To participate in organized workshops and trainings on the river you must wear a CE approved Whitewater helmet (not a bike helmet) and  a CE approved whitewater PFD.

 

Weather :

The weather is still changeable during early May, so expect anything. Come prepared for all seasons and with an open mind about what rivers and sections to paddle. Rivers in this area are rain and snowmelt fed and could be anywhere from low to flooded. We have a number of choices, including some rivers that require more water and some that are better at low flows. Bring gear for all weather – we could have drizzle, heavy rain, cold temperatures or sunshine…or a combination of everything.

Thanks for coming along!  If you have any questions  or ideas, please feel free to contact us.

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