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Interesting Trips With Our Inflatable Products

Alaska Culebra
by Todd and Laura Kelsey

Jack, I purchased a Culebra from you last fall for my wife and I, and I wanted to drop you a line to tell you what a great boat it has been for us.

To get the hang of it, we took the Culebra (nicknamed The Cheat for it's amazing ability to get anywhere it needs to be) out on our local class II overnighter, the Matanuska (photo 1 - Matanuska). We then have taken it down Portage Creek, dodging ice bergs (photo 2 - Portage). Then to prove it's worth, a friend and I packed the boat up, and carried it three miles into a class IV stretch of Eagle River (photo 3 - Eagle River, photo 4 - Eagle River). To avoid shipping our raft down to the lower 48 this season, we instead checked the Culebra as luggage on a commercial flight, and ran the Yampa at 10,000 cfs (photo 05 - Yampa). Warm Springs was an easy line in such a great little boat. Having seen how nicely it carries (with the addition of the NRS Paragon Pack), we decided to use it for a descent of Sheep Creek, where we were dropped off by floatplane at a lake some 3 miles of tundra and brush away from the river. We bushwhacked down to the river, inflated the boat, and had a great day running the class III whitewater (photo 6 - Sheep Creek, photo 7 - Sheep Creek).

I am strong kayaker, but am battling a back injury, so I've been mostly pushing rubber. The Culebra has given me a chance to be nearly as close to the river as I am in a kayak without leaving me unable to walk afterward. It also is perfect for a two person walk in wilderness trip, which we do a lot of. It fits in small planes easily. It rigs quickly.

Jack, we love this boat. I have nothing bad to say about it whatsoever.

Next Culebra adventure - we leave in two weeks for a Firth River trip from ANWR to the Beaufort Sea. What an amazing, versatile boat.

Jack's Note
Thanks to Todd Kelsey for this most amazing letter. We are thrilled to be able to make a contribution to the lifestyles of people like this.


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