My brother and I want to float the Yukon River from Whitehorse, YT to Circle, AK this summer. We have relatively little rafting experience, having gone on guided whitewater trips twice. He has also rafted a calm part of the Colorado in an inflatable raft.
I was wondering if an Alpacka or similar would work well in a river as big and as swift as the Yukon. The guidebook I am reading (by Dan Maclean) says that rafts are inadvisable as they are very susceptible to the wind and the current. The Yukon has a lot of both. Now I’m not sure whether he means homemade wooden rafts, but I could see how a packraft have similar issues. I would be nervous to take out and rely on a craft that has such issues when we will be so far from the road.
Does anyone have any experience with this?