Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wild Chetco inspires new ATV inflatable kayak

In June of last year, four intrepid kayakers packed gear and boats 8 rugged miles into the heart of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to run the Wild Chetco River.  Zach Collier of Northwest Rafting Company writes:
After running the wilderness section of the Chetco River last June I was inspired to design a new SOTAR inflatable kayak that could carry overnight gear. I also wanted a boat that would act more like a small raft rather than a traditional inflatable kayak. My friend Billy Miller paddled an Alpaca on our trip and I noticed some advantages to the larger and non-diminishing tubes.
Billy Miller in the boof. Wild Chetco River, Kalmiopsis Wilderness, June 2007. Zach Collier photo.
 Read more about the design process for the ATV.  See video of their trip here.