Welcome to the 2021 annual European Packrafting Meet-up and Packraft Testival for the international packrafting community.
The event takes place from Tuesday the 1st of June til Sunday the 6th of June 2021.
DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTIES SURROUNDING COVID LOCKDOWNS AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS THE EVENT MAY BE POSTPONED OR CHANGED TO THE SALZA RIVER IN AUSTRIA.
We kindly ask that anyone who is interested in attending the Meet Up to please go ahead and register for the event and make the non-refundable donation to help support river conservation in Europe! This Annual event has already helped and contributed to protecting some rivers in Europe, however the vast majority of rivers and river systems are still facing existential threats. We encourage everyone to give and do what they can to help protect our most valuable resources – water, biodiversity and habitat for nature.
We will keep everyone who is registered up to date via email with any changes to dates or location as soon as we know more. Thanks for your understanding 🙂
The event will have a similar structure to the 2018, 2019, 2020 meet ups 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, 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 days four & five is relaxed social paddling. 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.
Packraft Testival: YES there will be also be packrafts and gear available for demo plus a chance to meet the awesome guides and instuctors from various Packrafting Schools and Expedition companies.
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 21st of May 2021.
The Facebook group for the event 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 hiking or whitewater background who are interested in packrafting. There will be a limited number of demo packrafts and packrafting gear available to try.
Courses before the Meet-up
Packrafting Whitewater Safety and Rescue Training Courses!
There will be Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician courses being held before the meet up at Camp Liza. These will be run by Packraft Europe, the courses will be instructed by Seon Crockford-Laserer and Miha Mihelič.
Come prepared for all seasons and with an open mind about what sections to paddle. Bring gear for all weather – we could have drizzle, heavy rain, cold temperatures or sunshine…or a combination of everything.
Program outline (Subject to change)
We are still looking for volunteers to help run packrafting workshops and to do group packrafting trips with less experienced paddlers. The more volunteers we have, the more enjoyable it is for everybody, since the group size will be smaller!
- Arrive at Camp Liza Campground and check in at reception. Let the reception know that you come for the Packrafting Meet-up and they will show you where to camp.
- Scout: Get to know area, river maps, short hikes, scout rapids.
- Paddle with friends.
- Relaxed social evening.
- Morning 0900-1200:
- Whole group Introductions: Supporters/ Guides/ River & Safety info.
- Workshop information.
From here on, we are still updating the programm, as we get confirmations of volunteers and participants. Preliminary outline coming soon:
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.