Salmon Backpacking and Rafting

Credit: Casey Kanode

Salmon Backpacking and Rafting

Explore the sculpted peaks of the craggy Lemhis and raft the Main Salmon River, an exceptional blend of whitewater, wildlife, and American frontier history. Your 28-day expedition starts with an 18-day wilderness hiking section. You'll climb peaks and fish for trout as you learn to travel through rugged mountain terrain. Group management in steep terrain and map reading are two of the skills you'll learn on your way to becoming a competent backcountry traveler. Then you'll swap backpacks for boats. For 10 days you will navigate the Salmons whitewater in paddle rafts and oar rigs, learning strokes, commands, guiding basics, and advanced maneuvering. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is home to abundant wildlife, including gray wolves, peregrine falcons, black bears, and bald eagles. It is also full of human history and you will have the chance to stop at one or more of the old homesteads along the river. Following in the footsteps of mountain men like Buckskin Bill, you too will see great sights and learn skills for future exploration in the wilderness.

The Salmon River is a Wild and Scenic River: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 2018 by exploring this wild, free-flowing river.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

June 7 – July 4, 2018

Tuition: $6,150
In Progress

July 1 – July 28, 2018

Tuition: $6,150
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Specifics

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Tuition

$6,150
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Equipment Deposit

$250

Duration

28 days

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

5 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Ethics
  • 2 Skills Practicum

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Driggs, Idaho / Boise, Idaho

Fly in/out

Idaho Falls, ID or Jackson, WY/Boise, ID

Skills learned

Backpacking

Rafting

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What Our Grads Say

“And so we paddled downstream, our cheerful energy giving us the strength to make it to camp. It was times like that that reminded and continue to remind me of how much a group of determined, positive people can achieve. At times it may seem like something is impossible or too hard, but when you’re surrounded by people who support and believe in you, anything’s possible and everything’s alright.” 

— Isabelle M., NOLS Salmon River Adventure grad

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