Level 1 Flatwater Bikerafting Course
Learn to Bikeraft - SUMMER SWIM & FUN COURSE
Learn packrafting and bikepacking skills and then how to put the two together for a successful bikerafting adventure on McPhee Reservoir and in the San Juan National Forest. On this fun course, you’ll have plenty of time for swimming and exploring the stunning campsites we stay at.
Our goal is to teach you the skills you need to embark on bigger, better cycling and packrafting adventures. So you’ll learn how to lash your bike to your boat, pack your boat on your bike and more. And you’ll ride plenty of single and double track over three days. The standard course is 40 miles of riding and seven miles of paddling. But it can be modified with less mileage for less-experienced cyclists. This multi-day adventure is prefect for beginners, though you must have some bike riding skills. No boating skills required. This course is discounted for 2023.
A 50% deposit is required when you sign up. The remaining balance will need to be received through 30 days prior to your course. The remaining balance is due immediately if you are registering inside of the 30 day window.
Please review our cancellation policy, which you will find on our Terms, Conditions & Cancellation Policy Page.
All food in the backcountry, wag bags and sanitation kit, open Alpacka Classic packraft, helmet, paddle and PFD.
Lodging, a working, tuned-up bicycle, any meals outside of the course, and a ride to the start point (though we will shuttle the crew back to the cars at the end of the adventure). We do have bike bags to loan out if you need them.
We base our learn basic river bikerafting and packrafting skills instructional courses on confidence and skill progression. We start slow and push you a little harder as we go, tailoring the experience to your own personal abilities.
For Beginner to Intermediate courses, you’ll learn a wide variety of skills, from the basics to more advanced river reading techniques. This is a list of some of the things you will learn:
- ✔️How to pack your gear in your boat or on your bike for multi-day adventures
- ✔️How to ride with a loaded bike
- ✔️Basic paddle strokes with a bike on your boat
- ✔️How to lash your bike to your boat and vice versa
- ✔️Transitioning from bikes to boats and vice versa
You’ll have one of these exceptional instructors leading your course.
Steve Fassbinder: Steve, aka “Doom,” is one of the country’s first Level 3 American Canoe Association Packraft Instructors, as well as a Level 3 Kayak Instructor. He is also certified in Advanced Swiftwater Safety and Wilderness First Responder. An early adopter of packrafting, he has guided for three years and done remote packrafting expeditions around the world for over a dozen years.
Jon Bailey: Jon has been exploring and tracing lines in the Southwest and the San Juan Mountains since 2000. With 15+ years of experience guiding with the local youth cycling program Durango Devo, 25 years of bicycle wrenching and enthusiasm, and a lifetime of connecting dots with his pen, Jon has been able to reach the community by sharing the wilderness experience and the freedom of the bicycle through adventure, art and love.
Thad Ferrell: Thad is a Level 3 American Canoe Association Packraft Instructor. An early adopter of packrafting and life-long cyclist and bikepacker, Thad has accomplished some ground-breaking, multi-week climb-bike-packraft adventures in the desert Southwest. He is also an expert fly fishing guide.