- Packrafting Awareness presentation at Beaver Sports on Tuesday, August 30 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Monica Morin will be giving a Packrafting Awareness presentation at Beaver Sports on Tuesday, August 30 from 5 – 7 p.m.
The purpose of this presentation is to help packrafters choose appropriate rivers for their skill levels. Monica will explore how packrafting has evolved, and why it is growing so rapidly in popularity, especially among Alaskan adventurers. She will focus on trip preparation and planning, including packrafting-specific safety equipment, packing tips, choosing trip partners, and selecting routes and rivers best suited to group skills and experience. Discover how factors such as river gradient, water level, weather conditions, remoteness, river features, and other available information can help evaluate risk potential for a particular trip. Monica will also share case studies, and discuss opportunities and resources for additional safety and skill development.
Many new packrafters come to the sport from a background of backpacking or adventure racing. They often run rivers in these ultralight, stable, and highly maneuverable craft that they would not have the skills to attempt in a kayak or canoe. With limited skills in reading water, hazard assessment, and ability to take advantage of river features to maneuver or scout, new packrafters can easily get into situations they are unprepared to handle. Becoming more aware of safety and skills developed in the whitewater boating community and among river professionals can help packrafters progress safely as they explore new rivers. Avalanche awareness training has helped many Alaskan backcountry travelers minimize dangerous situations in their winter playgrounds. Monica hopes that this introduction to packraft awareness can help the packrafting community in similar ways.
Monica Morin is an avid Alaskan wilderness adventurer currently living the Denali area. She began her whitewater career as a raft guide out east. She now enjoys combining her love for the rivers with her love for the mountains and endless exploration. She is also involved with the newly formed Safety Committee of the American Packraft Association.
- Don’t miss selected bikes up to 40% OFF
We have gone and marked selected 2015 and older bikes down. Savings up to 40% OFF the original price. Buy now while there is still warm weather and daylight to ride in .
- Le Tour de France
Le Tour de France is happening and so is the Beaver Sports road bike sale. Till July 24th you will get the best sale price of the year you will also receive a $75 dollar credit you can use towards accessories. Get in while selection is best and the yellow jersey is still up for grabs.
- FJÄLLRÄVEN Since 1960
Help us celebrate all the awesome FJÄLLRÄVEN gear. You have got to check it out when you come in next time. Unique gear from Sweden. Waxed and ready to breath and repel that wet stuff.
- The color and texture of the interior
You’re Invited to Beaver Sports’ Very First First Friday
Our own Lee Petersen will be transforming the store into a beautiful gallery with his photographic collection “The Color and Texture of the Interior” on First Friday, February Fifth, starting at 5 pm. Lee specializes in gorgeous images you can’t get from your car. He is our Camp/Climb/Travel manager at Beaver Sports, and he uses all his hiking, climbing, and glacier travel skills to capture the most breathtaking beauty with his camera.
Enjoy light refreshments and winter beverages while you view the collection. All photographs were taken by Lee, himself, and he will be on hand to answer questions, talk F-stops, give some background on what it took to capture some of these unique shots. Formats will be framed prints and Float Metal Prints, ranging in size from 5″x7″ to 20″x30″. Enjoy the beauty while you shop, or take one to go to make your home or office a more beautiful place. See you Friday night!
I’ve always been drawn to the seasonal variation of the Alaska interior. There is a uniqueness to this region that I haven’t seen elsewhere. Taiga forest blends into the tundra, endless flats give way to rolling hills or majestic mountains, ice scours the peaks of the Alaska Range. The night sky may erupt in aurora, giving way to long twilight hours before filling with red, orange, and yellow sunrises. Every season brings enormous color. Throughout the year, I try to capture the incredible landscape we live in. The selection of photographs presented for this First Friday is a representation of the range in color and texture we witness across the seasons.
Welcome to the Great Outdoors. Welcome to Beaver Sports.
Our locally owned and operated store offers all the clothing, gear, and expertise you are looking for to enjoy outdoor action sports in and around Fairbanks and Alaska’s Interior. We specialize in hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, backpacking, camping, running, alpine and cross-country skiing, ski touring, and snowboarding. But we also have a great selection of clothing and other products for hunting, fishing, snow machining, yoga, swimming, crossfit, and more. If you’re active in the outdoors, you’ll feel right at home at Beaver Sports. more…