'yakpackers                    Backpacking. In a kayak.                    Because walking sucks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How dangerous is this?
     While the entire experience is intended to be fun and relaxing, there can be situations
and events that can endanger your health, well-being and life. Although we cannot predict
every situation that may arise that could be dangerous, we take your safety and security
while on your adventure very seriously. All participants will be expected to follow all rules
of conduct and behavior as instructed by the guides including but not limited to the use of
a PFD at all times while on the water, conduct at campsites including food storage, and the
ban on all illegal drugs. All participants will also be required to sign a waiver that they understand
and agree that this can be a dangerous activity and release YAKPACKERS, LLC and any associated
employees, guides, etc. from any liability.

Can we bring the kids? Do we have to?
     SURE! Make it a family event. Or "No, Sorry" if that's the answer you want to hear. In reality, kids are welcome. In order to paddle their own kayaks they must be over 15 years of age or demonstrate prior ability with a kayak. Any children unable or too young to paddle individually are welcome to use a tandem kayak or canoe with an adult or with one of our guides.

How fit do I need to be to 'yakpack?
     Everyone in your party should be reasonably fit, but there's no need to be an Olympic athlete (or even a PeeWee League athlete). We will get a sense of your ability when you book your trip and customize the itinerary to account for any concerns you might have. There may be some limitations which we cannot control that we will make adjustments for as we go, but that will always be discussed and agreed upon before an issue arises. If midway through a day anyone wants to call it quits and bee-line for the campsite, we've got that covered, too.

Do I need to be an experienced kayaker?
     Nope. We'll go over the basics of how to find your balance, how to hold your paddle and use it to make your boat go in the direction you want (downriver is usually best). We'll also go over what to do if you dump. If for some reason you just aren't feeling the kayak thing, we can provide you with a canoe instead.
     But we're still calling it 'yakpacking. 'noepacking sounds made up and can'packing sounds like a job.

Whoa. Dump? Whaddaya mean, DUMP?
     If you manage to flip your kayak over and end up in the river we call it a dump...you just got dumped into the water. But don't worry, we'll be there swiftly to assist you and your PFD will keep you afloat until we get to you.

So I am going to get wet? And I need to be able to swim?
     Well...it's a river, so yeah, there's a good chance you are going to get wet whether you dump or not. Being able to swim would be great, but as long as you don't panic and are wearing your PFD (you WILL be wearing your PFD) you'll be fine until we reach you.

I'm not so sure about this whole "camping" thing...
    
Okay. First, that isn't a question. Aside from that, there's nothing to worry about. We provide just about everything you need and will be happy to show you everything from how to pick where to set up your tent to how to set up your tent; we'll go over meal plans and show you how it's done. From breakfast to campfire to bedtime...we've got this.

What will I need to bring?
     Once your trip is booked we will provide you with a list of suggested and required items for you to bring along. To name a few:
          A sleeping bag: We would provide them, but really, do you want to sleep in the same bag 37 other people slept in?
          Clothes: Because we aren't getting THAT far back to nature.
          Insect repellent and sunblock: Because we ARE getting that far back to nature.
          A sense of adventure and excitement. But you have that already or you aren't even reading this far.

How do you control the weather?
     You're funny. Of course we can't control the weather. We will make adjustments to our itinerary in case we get hit with foul weather. The only things that DEFINITELY keep us off the river are thunderstorms and your group's decision to not paddle that day. A light drizzle won't cancel the trip unless you choose to let it.

So if it rains we're done?
     Don't be so negative! Sometimes the rains pass quickly in the area. And believe it or not, there is more to do than just paddle. If members of your group want to bike, sightsee, head into a nearby town to go antiquing or out to a nice restaurant, or even hike a short section of the Appalachian Trail your guides can point you in the right direction.

Will we really see wild animals?
     It's very, very likely. Especially so on our Delaware River trips. But keep in mind that they ARE wild. We have about as much control over them as we do the weather.

Anything else we should know?
     Probably. So if you have a specific question or concern use the Contact Form and ask away. We are here to help.