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.