El Pack Raft

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This is the boat I will be using for the trip, it is the Denali Llama by Alpacka. The boat itself is actually a pack raft. It revolutionizes the way we can travel, back pack, and explore. The pack raft is actually inflatable and can be completely filled in 10 minutes, and can be deflated in 2 or 3. The raft only weighs 5 lbs, and after it is deflated it can easily be packed into a ruck sack or carried. This allows you to take it where ever you please whenever you please. Adding a whole new dimension to the weekend adventurer. Professional adventurer Alastair Humphreys uses this on many of his micro adventure. This is one of those adventures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-Xsikg1TT4

Adventure on Your Door Step.

Good morning friends, what a game last night!

A few weeks ago I woke up too early to go to work. With nothing to do and reasons unknown to me, I decided to follow this tiny creek running through my back yard. It led to this.

This is 15 minutes walk from my house and I never knew it. Think about the tiny stream bed in your area. Wonder where it could take you. Then find out for yourself.Image

My Message to You

Great Falls of the Potomac River, Maryland Thi...

Great Falls of the Potomac River, Maryland This picture, taken in January 2004 shows the falls in winter. The temperature at the time was about 10 degrees F (-12 degrees C), cold by Washington DC standards. Image by Henry Hartley the photographer is credited. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good day D.C. metro brethren!

My name is Aryan Golzar, I am 22 years old, and a native Virginian. Born and raised in Great Falls, as far as I can remember all my summers had been spent on the Potomac. Some of my greatest memories are on the river; fishing, exploring, and even indulging in my first beers as a burgeoning young adult (keeping it real). It holds a special place in my heart, and it is a tragedy that our so called Nation’s River is also our Nation’s MOST endangered river. I have a vision of a great city surrounded by even greater wild life, and I believe D.C., the heart and soul of our nation, will one day be that glorious city. A cosmopolitan mega polis in harmony with the wild world around it!

…..Or at least a place I can eat the fish I catch without a 2nd thought of poison or disease…. but I digress

The goal of this expedition is to raise awareness for the River. I also want to showcase how amazing this river truly is, especially in an era when more time is spent in front of a computer screen than in the great outdoors. For some, it is a place to soak your feet, for others it is a giant to conquer, but for all it is a place to enjoy the moment. “A” moment of clarity, or exploration, or whatever is in the eye of the beholder. It’s those moments that stick with you for the rest of your life. So go out and live them!

The river has improved immensely over the last few years. The “dead zones” that once crippled our lives and the inhabitants of the river have improved greatly, but there is still much work to be done. As for donations, all money raised will be used to send a local to college, because money is not going to save the River. It is People that will save the river. As citizens, we are the most powerful beings in this nation. As one, we can do anything. Our attitude and priorities are what is going to make the difference. I ask you not to look at it from a tree hugging standpoint, but rather as a citizens taking care of their own. Without each other, and without this land, what do we have? We may not be able to change the world, but together we can make a dent, and we can help our own achieve!

Sincerely yours,

Aryan