Tough Rivers, Tougher Rafts

Alpacka Raft's Sheri Tingey reveals how her clothing-design experience and passion for kayaking helped her create durable inflatable boats

Last summer, Sheri Tingey set out in an inflatable raft on a five-day trek down a Class III river in Alaska filled with razor-sharp volcanic rock. Five years ago, this would have been a suicide mission. Inflatable rafts weren't much better than pool toys, and most backpackers were lucky if they'd make it three miles down river before springing a leak. But Tingey -- and the raft she spent 18 months designing -- survived without a scratch.

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