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Renee Patrick
Writer, graphic designer, outdoor junky
Writer, graphic designer, outdoor junky

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Testing Alpacka Raft's new Self Bailer
Recently Kirk and I were given the chance to test out Alpacka's new self-bailing packraft. I was intrigued since my 2012 boat frequently fills with water despite using the cruiser spray deck ( repeated portages with the boat has added to the dirt and moss a...

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An Oregon Desert Trail Adventure on the Owyhee River
I wrote a blog about the 175 mile hike/packraft of the Owyhee River about my preparation tactics on the Oregon Natural Desert Association website.  Here is my trip report. Getting to the Little West Owyhee River where Oregon Desert Trail
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I've been done with my Owyhee trip for a week now. Since starting work on the Oregon Desert Trail late last year it's been my goal to hike/packraft the entire 750 miles. This Owyhee chunk has me up to 425 miles, and I'll complete the trail in September with...

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175.3 miles on the Owyhee River - A solo packrafting adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail
What an adventure! I spent the last 12 days hiking and packrafting on the Oregon Desert Trail in the Owyhee River from the Little West Owyhee at Anderson Crossing to the Indian Springs Campground on Lake Owyhee. It was a total of 141.5 river miles, and 33.8...

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Low Flow Owyhee River
I'm getting ready to hike/packraft 175 miles of the Owyhee River on the Oregon Desert Trail . Patagonia just published a great series of photos from ultra runner Jeff Browning's run in this section of the ODT in May, He had much higher flows, and where the ...

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John Day River
It was the weekend, and adventure was at our fingertips. It has been a fairly wet winter and spring, so when we looked at the water flows around Oregon, we thought it would be a good opportunity to try our luck at some of the desert rivers and creeks. Now w...

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Packrafting at Smith Rock on the Crooked River
We've been wanting to packraft the Crooked River through the popular climbing area, Smith Rock, for some time. While the water is flat and calm as it passed the dramatic cliffs right in the state park, right below and above Smith Rock are some meaty Class I...

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A Short Paddle on the Upper Middle Deschutes
Sometimes its easy to forget about sections of river that are right under your nose. In this case sections of the Deschutes River that run right through the middle of Bend. Just above and below town there are some beefy Class IV-V sections that I may never ...

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First Look at the Six Moon Designs Flex Pack
New on the market recently is the Six Moon Designs Flex pack. Designed with water sports in mind, this could be a great addition to packrafting gear options. I haven't had a chance to take it on a nice long hike/float yet, but loaded it up for a short paddl...

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Packrafting the Yellowstone River
We had two weeks to play with after Kirk picked me up at the Canadian border when I finished the CDT. We spent most of the  first week in Glacier , and after the forecast looked rainy for the rest of the week, decided to head down to the Bozeman area and pa...
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