5-Day Intermediate / Advanced Packrafting Course
Spend two days learning a wide variety of packrafting and rescue skills on the Animas River, and then practice those skills in the backcountry on a two-night, three-day excursion on the San Miguel and Dolores rivers. This is NOT a swiftwater rescue course, but some basic rescue techniques will be covered. No packrafting experience required, but some paddling experience or river rafting experience preferred. Reasonable upper body fitness and stamina required as you’ll be packrafting 60+ miles. Basic backcountry skills are necessary. Can you cook your own food and set up your own tent?
Price: $1800, includes open packraft, PFD, paddle, helmet, all food in the backcountry, permits, wag bags, sanitizing kits, camping. Does not include food on the training days. It does not include a stay at Scullbinder Ranch. However, you may add a couple nights at Scullbinder Ranch in a Glamping Tent or the Cabin for $75 to $125 per night, including breakfast. We have showers, a kitchen and hang out area for guests.
Expect to learn:
✓How to pack light for backcountry packraft adventures
✓Equipment (use and care)
✓Field repair-tips & tricks
✓Swimming and general water confidence
✓Self-rescue & buddy assistance
✓Dealing with currents
✓Aggressive & defensive swimming position
✓Hazards & river dynamics
✓Basic & advaced paddle strokes