Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure

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Salmon Backpacking and Rafting Adventure

Challenge yourself in the mountains and on the river

Climb mountains and go whitewater rafting with a group of new friends your own age. Go hiking in Idaho’s Lemhi or Beaverhead Ranges and learn to navigate rapids on the Salmon River. Work hard and laugh often as you explore winding canyons and summit rugged peaks. Cook tasty meals on a campstove with your team and learn about local ecology as you fly fish in clear pools. Swap stories around a campfire before falling asleep under the stars.

Whether you’ve been camping before or not, you’ll start with the essentials, like how to read a map and pitch a tent. Then, you’ll move on to more advanced topics, like paddling whitewater rapids and navigating off trail. Later in the course, you may also learn wilderness first aid techniques and participate in a service project with the U.S. Forest Service.

As you learn the basics of mountain and river travel, you’ll also develop your leadership skills under the guidance of experienced instructors. Practice good communication and teamwork as you and your coursemates rig a raft. Get comfortable taking on different roles to support the group as you scout a rapid or lead the way to your next campsite. By the end of this expedition, you’ll have confidence to lead at in the outdoors, at school, and in your community.

*The Salmon River is one of the original rivers protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.

Dates

Dates

2020 Dates

June 16 – July 13, 2020

Tuition: $6,875

June 24 – July 21, 2020

Tuition: $6,875

July 10 – Aug. 6, 2020

Tuition: $6,875

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$6,875
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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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