Another way out: Packrafts take weight off backs of aging adventurers

Packrafts carry Scott Wolff, David Moershel and their camping and fishing gear through a remote lake and river system in northern British Columbia. 

Rich Landers, For the Spokesman-Review

Two rods and reels. One change of underwear. One square of chocolate at dinner. No beer.

This would be a spartan trip.

We were flying into northern British Columbia backcountry 200 miles from the nearest significant town in a pontoon plane with a strict 750-pound maximum payload. The limitations of landing on a small lake in a remote mountain valley has a way of sorting out what’s essential for a fly-fishing adventure.

“How much toilet paper are you bringing?” asked Scott Wolff as we made a final equipment check before takeoff.

“I don’t plan on sharing,” I said.

Not counting the 125-pound bush pilot, our party was limited to three old friends – wilderness tested, compatibility confirmed – each one tipping the scales at around 160 pounds.

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That left no more than 90 pounds apiece for fishing tackle, clothing, camping gear, portage packs,

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