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.

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 16 – July 13, 2018

Tuition: $6,475
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Specifics

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Tuition

$6,475
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Equipment Deposit

$250

Duration

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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Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Driggs, Idaho

Fly in/out

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Skills learned

Backpacking

Rafting

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What Our Grads Say

“I was completely amazed with how much fun I had. It was great to get up every day, take care of group gear, and take care of group tasks like packing and cooking. One of my most important lessons was learning how to get along with people on the spot and to be given the chance to trust them, learn from them, and help each other get stronger while hiking and rafting.”

— Kenneth K., NOLS Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure grad

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