Franklin River, 1981: my first packrafting trip.

An old movie some viewers might enjoy; recently discovered footage from my first packrafting trip down the Franklin River, in January 1981:

(Double-posted to the video page.)

Cheers, John

That’s fantastic John, plenty of cringe inducing sections, definatly more arse than class :slight_smile: It really shows how far it has all come from the rubber ducks and paddling techniques (lack of…) to the camera technology. Thanks for sharing that, it’s great.


Thanks Steve, some crazy stuff there, hey?

I forgot to mention that there’s a follow-up of our 1982 trip; a year older and wiser, and some bigger, scarier water. Look for the Churn sequence at about 3:05:



Awesome read and great vids John, thanks for posting them up.