Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure

Credit: Elliot Johnston

Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure

This course is for young teens who want to traverse a little known section of the Rocky Mountains near the Idaho-Montana border and raft the Main Salmon River, all in one action-packed month. In two very different environments, you'll learn how to make decisions, develop confidence, and work through challenges with your coursemates (we call this expedition behavior). While backpacking, you'll become a competent map reader and backcountry cook, and you'll develop your Leave No Trace skills and stewardship and sustainability values. Then, after climbing peaks, crossing rivers, and hiking through pristine meadows, you'll trade your backpack for a dry bag. For 10 days on over 80 miles of the wild and scenic Main Salmon River, you'll navigate deep canyons and whitewater in paddle rafts and oar rigs. You will learn basic river skills like paddle strokes, hazard evaluation, and boat rigging. Overall, you'll work hard, have fun, and return home with leadership skills to last a lifetime.



2018 Dates

June 16 – July 13, 2018

Tuition: $6,475
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June 24 – July 21, 2018

Tuition: $6,475
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July 10 – Aug. 6, 2018

Tuition: $6,475


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Equipment Deposit
28 days
Minimum Age
14 yrs.
Maximum Age
15 yrs.
Academic Credit

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Skills learned