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Join us for a pre meet up weekend paddle and party to help support the launch Balkan Rivers Tour 5. April 24th – 26th at Lake Bohinj, Sava Bohinjka , Sava Dolinka and Sava Rivers in Slovenia we will join other paddling conservationists to paddle and party in support of BRT5. It is going ot be a LOT of fun. More info coming soon at Balkan River Defence.

Welcome!

Welcome to the 2020 annual European Packrafting Meet-up at the Soca River for the international packrafting community.

This event will be held over 5 days from Wednesday the 29th of April until Sunday the 3rd of May 2019 at the same venue as the 2018 & 2019 event “Camp Liza”. April 29th is arrival day, the official program will start on April 30th.

The event will have a similar structure to the 2018 & 2019 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 & 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 24th of April 2020.

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 and after the Meet-up

Packraft Beginners course

It is HIGHLY recommended any absolute beginners take a 2 day beginner packrafting course prior to the meet up. By doing so you will be able to enjoy and learn so much more from the meet up. Annika from Packraft Touren will be offering a 2 day Beginners Packrafting course on the 28th and 29th April just before the meet up.

  • Cost: Per person without rental equipment 175 € (rental equipment can be booked if required, costs rental equipment for 2 days: Packraft 20 € / paddle 10 € / helmet 2 € / wetsuit 4 € / life jacket 4 € / paddle jacket 4 € / shoes 2 € )
  • Language: German and English
  • Maximum: 8 people
  • Course contents: Wet exit and re-entry, basic paddling techniques, fluid mechanics, start with eddy in eddy out.
  • Course start: 28.04.2020 10:00 a.m. Meeting at Camp Liza, prepared to go, Private vehicles are needed if none exist please specify in advance.
  • Every participant is responsible for their Soca permit, before the course.

Registration: info@packraft-touren.com

 

Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Training Courses (Packraft Specific)

There will be Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician courses being held before and after 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.

  • WRT-Foundation (1 day) on the 28th of April, and WRT-Recreational (2 day) on the 28th and 29th of April.
  • WRT-Foundation (1 day) on the 4th of May, and WRT-Recreational (2 day) on the 4th and 5th of May.

More information and registration can be found here.

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.

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!

DAY 1: Wednesday April 29.

  • 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 April 30.

  • Morning 0900-1200:
    • Whole group Introductions: Supporters/ Guides/ River & Safety info.
    • Workshop information and registration.
  • Afternoon 1400-1700:
    • Beginner Paddle Technique – 8 persons – Annika Seidl / Packraft Touren
    • Eddy workshop – 30 Min Theory – Open to all. /  2hr practical WW II – III limited to 6 persons – Gabriel Gersch / Outventurous.
    • Interactive workshop on Expedition (bad weather) packing systems – Open to all. – Sebastian Schmidt / Land Water Adventures.
    • Whitewater Rescue Skills – 8 Persons – Seon C-L / Packraft Europe
  • Evening 2030-2400:
    • Presentation – The Vjosa River – Johannes / Land Water Adventures
    • Socializing.

DAY 3: Friday May 1.

  • Morning 0900-1200:
    • Advanced Paddle Technique – 8 persons – Annika Seidl / Packraft Touren
    • Self Rescue Skills – 6 persons – Robert Gamweger
  • Afternoon 1400-1700:
    • Whitewater Rescue Skills – 8 Persons – Seon C-L / Packraft Europe
  • Evening 2030-2400:
    • Evening event
    • Socializing.

DAY 4: Saturday May 2.

  • Morning 0900-1200:
    • Packraft Adventure Challenge TBC
  • Afternoon 1400-1700:
    • Various group paddles, different rivers, sections, class, levels.
  • Evening 2030-2230:
    • Raffle – Auction – Prizes.
    • Presentation.
    • Socializing.

DAY 5: Sunday May 3.

  • Onward to your next adventure 😉

 

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.

 

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

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