Twenty years ago Mark Stoppel and I reached Puntilla Lake shod in worn-out boots. We’d started walking from Healy headed for Lake Clark (Mark had started solo near Black Rapids, me with Carl Tobin and Jon Underwood in Menatasta with Mtn Bikes), but decided to bail by floating out the Happy. We were too frightened to do it then. We walked the whole bush-infested Happy Valley and didn’t blow up our Sherpa Packrafts 'till the Skwentna.
Too bad I found out recently. This last Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Brad M, Gordy, Thai and I flew in and out to do the Happy River in packrafts.
We found it’s an ideal river for intermediates who can confidently run Class III+ and want to improve their skills. If you can do Sheep Creek and like it, then get Happy! This water’s for you.
It need not bust your wallet either.
I blogged a bit of it at http://packrafting.blogspot.com/ and will post a YouTuber too.