Packrafting the Shenandoah

Posted: April 18, 2018 at 4:24 pm, Last Updated: April 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm

This past weekend a group of Mason outdoor adventurers enjoyed a tough multi sport trip hiking and paddling an 18 mile loop along the Shenandoah River. The trip started with loading up the packrafts and necessary boating and camping gear into overnight backpacks. Day One found the group hiking up to, across, and then down the Massanutten Ridge 9 miles to their campsite. A quick mile of hiking in the morning brought us to the river where we switched from backpacking mode to paddling mode and paddled and floated the 8 miles back to our van.  The highlight of the paddle being the Class II  Compton’s Rapid.

Start of the hike

On the Ridge

What a view. The river in the lower left is what we paddled on Day 2.

Soles fell off, so we taped them back on.

Late dinner and a small fire

The last few steps of backpacking

Our put-in

Finally on the water