5-Day Intermediate 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: $2100, includes open packraft, PFD, paddle, helmet, all food in the backcountry, permits, wag bags, sanitizing kits, camping, shuttling when necessary. Includes two nights in a glamping tent at Scullbinder Ranch, plus front-country breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for day trips. Adult beverages not included. We have showers, a kitchen and hang out area for guests. We do not provide whitewater boats, drysuits, river knives, whistles or throw bags. You will need a drysuit for this trip. You may rent one at 4CornersRiversports.com.
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