Packrafting is using the boat for 50% or more of your time/and or distance on a trip; “raft-packing” is using the boat for crossings and short floats. The distinction is important for the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.
I may be looking for somebody – most likely from the Lower 48, as tickets from AK during Spring Break are pricy – to go to the GC during March. I have used up my river permit for this year, but have a backcountry permit for a neat hiking trip using the raft to criss-cross the river to get to better hiking. The trip is down the Royal Arch route, then through Stephens and Conquistador Aisles wherever walking’s good to Tapeats Ck, next up and over on trails to Deer Ck, back to the River, walking to Kanab, then floating to Matkatamiba, up Matkat and out to Hualapai Hilltop.
Like a week. Must go lightweight. Maybe in a single, custom, parallel sided and open packraft (4 inches longer on inside than Dory) that I have used with two-in-one-boat with good results; indeed, I have extensive experience with two-in-one packrafting, running up to Class III+ with two in as small a boat as the Yak. This custom boat is the answer to those many years of two-in-one boat. I like it.
It’d be best to have somebody along with a bit of off-trail hiking experience in the SW; this is more hiking than rafting.