2020 edition being currently discussed. Stay tuned.

        Thank you everyone who joined the 2019 Edition !

We had a blast !

Chateauroux-les-alpes, France

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gorges du Guil
The Guil river

This event is not affiliated with a particular brand or business. It’s a volunteer-run, low-key event with the aim of meeting new paddling partners, discovering new rivers, developing whitewater safety and improving boating skills.  None of the activities/workshops presented at the packrafting meetup are mandatory. However, we very highly recommend participating in the safety-related ones.
Participants will have the possibility to take part in an optional rescue course if enough people are interested. A one-day day course which covers the basics (+150€) or, a more thorough two day course (+270€). Both courses are run by Packraft Europe (The first packraft specific Rescue 3 Europe Training Provider). We very highly encourage people with no knowledge of safety to take part in the one-day course.  If you are interested, answer “YES” in the registration form. More info : here
The Durance Whitewater Festival organised by Kayak Session magazine will take place on Saturday and Sunday (13th and 14th) and will be a great opportunity for packrafters to blend with other river users. Link to the event : here
Use the menu to find out more.

We invite all participants to carpool to the event in order to share the cost and reduce our carbon footprint. All this can be done via the Facebook group of the event : here

/!\ All participants must come with :
– A whitewater specific helmet (no bike helmet nor climbing helmet),
-A whitewater specific PFD,
-Neoprene suit OR dry-suit,
-A pealess whistle

Event overview :

Date : 
The event will take place from Monday July 8th to Sunday July 14th 2019

Location : 
Chateauroux-les-alpes, 50km south of Briancon , France. (more info in the “location” tab).

How can I contact the organizer :

Email : maxence42mtb@gmail.com
Whatsapp ONLY : +33 7 71 58 38 66
Who is this event for :

The event is open to everyone with or without previous packrafting experience. Paddlers must be at least 18 years old.

How do I register :

You can register for the event by clicking on the “register now” tab at the top of the page, or by clicking->here. Registrations close on June 15th.

What is the goal of the event :

The goal of the event is to gather packrafters from around the world, create bounds, develop whitewater safety awareness, and improve packrafting skills.

Is the event free ?

No. To facilitate the logistic, it is essential that we know precisely who is coming to the event. Therefore we require all participants to pay 25€ when registering. 15€ will cover your registration to the Mass start float “Grande descente” on Sunday (Registration includes tee-shirt and lunch) part of the Durance Whitewater festival, and 10€ are donated to Save the blue heart of Europe an non-governmental organisation which work diligently to preserve rivers in Europe through environmental studies and campaigns. After the event, the exact donation (10€ X numbers of participants) will be made public. The registration fees do NOT cover your stay at the campsite and will have to pay to the campsite on arrival. The organizer DOES NOT earn any money from the event.

What should I bring :
Your personal camping gear and Packrafting equipment.
– A whitewater specific helmet (no bike helmet nor climbing helmet)
-A whitewater specific PFD
-Neoprene suit OR dry-suit
-A pealess whistle

Who is responsible for safety ?
Nobody is in charge of  YOUR safety. Even though some participants have an extensive knowledge of safety awareness, is it CRUCIAL that paddlers are honest about their paddling skills and DO NOT rely on others for rescue. You will be in charge of your own safety at ALL TIMES. A rescue course is organised during the event. If you would like to take part in it, answer “YES” in the registration form.

Are there any Whitewater shops near by ?
Yes, there are 2 shops in the Valley. One being at the slalom section in Saint-clement, 10km upstream. Outfitters will be at the campsite over the weekend as well.

Which rivers will we paddle on:
The campsite is attached to the main river in the valley : The Durance, but we will also paddle on the Guil and the Ubaye. The three rivers range from Class I to V.

Photo by Hikeventures

This event is voluntarily run by me : Max Clemencon. I was one of the organizer of the European packrafting meetup in Slovenia last year (link to the 2019 edition : here) and decided to bring people to a different region this year. The goal of the event is to unite the packrafting community, create friendships, improve boating skills, develop a culture of safety in whitewater and bring awareness of endangered rivers. The Durance Whitewater festival Presented by KayakSession will take place on Saturday and Sunday (13th and 14h, link to the 2018 edition : here). None of the activities/workshops presented at the packrafting meetup are mandatory. However, we very highly recommend participating in the safety-related ones.

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