I am new to packrafting.org (obviously) and packrafting in general (slightly less obviously). I come from a whitewater/expedition canoeing background and have almost zero whitewater kayaking experience. I am, in fact, so new to packrafting that I haven’t yet gotten a boat (they are pricey you know), but I should be getting a Denali and gear in a month or two. Thus, I am confident that I’ll be competent on flatwater, but don’t know any other upper midwestern packrafters who could show me the ropes on whitewater or with whom I could even go on trips. My ultimate goal with packrafting is to enable very long multi stage trips (like the nahanni river for its on river climbing) and get as far away from people as possible. I’m going to school in Northfield MN (1 hour south of the Twin Cities) and call the northern suburbs of Chicago home. If you’d let me learn to paddle with you, or know of a group who would, let me know.