The West Coast of North America is home to some of the best whitewater rivers on earth, and there is no better way to explore the backcountry than to paddle your way through it. It is also home to world class hunting in remote and obscure areas. This course is designed to give hunters the necessary skills to paddle up to Class III whitewater and plan and execute hunting specific wilderness packrafting trips.
Each day will be a mix of dryland and on the water instruction building a foundation of paddling, rescue, river awareness and trip planning skills. The venues for this course offer a great progression through classic northwest whitewater with a variety of rapids, features and hazards to navigate.
This course includes in-‐depth sessions on topics including: Outfitting & Rigging Your Packraft, Reading Whitewater, River Safety and Self Rescue, Responsibilities and Techniques of River Running, and Trip Planning and Wilderness Considerations.
To prepare for packing in/out of hunting destinations, you will experience paddling with a loaded boat, to simulate gear and game, where you will learn to self rescue, practice specific paddling techniques, and learn how to how to avoid hazards. There will also be a focus on trip planning and river scouting.