Montana Packrafting Courses to get you into the Wilderness
Nestled in the heart of Montana’s best Wilderness packrafting rivers, Great Northern offers packraft instructional courses to give you the knowledge to push your planning and paddling skills into the wilderness. The Flathead River System offers a unique setting with a wide variety of options for hikers and paddlers.
Our two-day courses will blend foundational paddling skills and river navigation as well as safety and rescue you would need to create your own packraft trips. We will also teach the foundations of the "Leave No Trace” philosophy as well as packing considerations and campsite planning. Therefore, when you complete the training, you should be equipped to safely navigate rivers. This are the first steps to get you into the wilderness rivers.
In addition to building the foundational skills needed to push deeper into the more remote rivers around us, we use an interdisciplinary approach that will develop your trip planning, risk management and good river decision making, as well as exploring self and group rescue techniques. Our unique overnight course allows us time to spend on the river and in camp at night.
The trip difficulty: (medium)
While there is no hiking component to our packraft courses you should expect to be in and out of the packraft multiple times throughout the day in addition to swimming and lots of paddling.
The trip highlights:
An educational river trip with a built-in overnight component. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills or hone your existing skills with professional instructors.
Venue and terrain challenges may include:
Long days in the river. Swimming and paddling in cold, glacier fed waters boardering Glacier National Park. Navigating your own packraft in Class I-III whitewater depending on your course selection.
Kokopelli packraft, paddle, wetsuit, booties, splash tops, PFD, helmet, drybag, tents, sleeping bag & pad, meals.
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