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Packraft Course Level 1

Trip Description

If you’re new to packrafting or looking to add foundational skills to the fun (or not so fun) you’re already having, KWG’s Level 1 is for you. Between the clear water Swimming Hole, Kennicott Glacier Lake and Kennicott River Mouth we progress through skills slowly, and build confidence through repetition in increasingly engaging environments. This course covers packrafting gear, paddle strokes, river reading, boat maneuvers and basic self rescue. Although no experience is required, this is a whitewater packraft course in up to CL II+ Alaskan conditions: cold water, possibly cold outside, drysuits allday. Drills include swimming and self rescuing in flatwater and active paddling in current.

Downriver Day: On the 3rd optional day of the course you can take your newly tuned skills out on the CL III McCarthy Creek and Kennicott Rivers ($200 per person for the third day)
More info on Downriver Day: McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River

Group Course Dates 2022:

  • May 28-29 (Memorial Day)
  • June 11-12
  • Sept 3-4 (Labor Day)

Private Courses can be scheduled at any time.

Duration: 16 hrs (2 x 8 hr days)
Difficulty: No experience necessary, but expect full days of learning outside!
Gear not included, see Packraft Rentals for rates.

Highlights:

  • KWG’s curriculum and approach
  • Instructors with technical and real world experience
  • Variety of natural venues
  • Creating connections and community
  • Lots of options for post course trips…
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Unstable and rocky hiking surfaces. Actively swimming and paddling your own packraft with a kayak paddle in moving cold, glacial fed water.

Who:

  • Packrafters looking to learn and practice foundational skills.
  • No experience necessary, must be comfortable swimming.

When:

  • Group Courses: May 28-29 Memorial Day, June 11-12, June 25-26, Sept 3-4 Labor Day
  • Private Courses can be booked June 4-Sept 15 based on instructor availability and water levels.

Where:
We provide transportation from Kennicott (9:30 pickup), or the Footbridge (9:50 pickup), to the Swimming Hole for a 10am start.

Trip Includes
  • Alpacka packraft, paddle, drysuit, PFD, whitewater helmet drybag, river gloves, river shoes and river socks.
  • Experienced, friendly, knowledgeable instructors!
  • 4:1 client to instructor ratios on group courses.
  • Round-trip transportation from your local lodging to and from the course..
  • A full array of medical, communications, and technical gear.
  • Extra layers if you forgot anything or couldn’t fit it in your luggage!
  • For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit or Trip Planning Page for a gear list.
Packraft Course Level 1 Pricing

Client:Guide Ratio & Price
*Gear not included, see Packraft Rentals for rates

Group / $365 per person
1:1 / $775 per person
2:1 / $555 per person
3:1 / $445 per person
4:1+ / $365 per person
5+:1+ / $365 per person

$20/child discount for all children 12 and under on all private day hikes (issued at final payment)
$5/person discount for AK residents & Active Military and family. Valid with current I.D. (Issued at final payment)

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Packraft Course Level 1 Pricing

Client:Guide Ratio & Price
*Gear not included, see Packraft Rentals for rates

Group / $365 per person
1:1 / $775 per person
2:1 / $555 per person
3:1 / $445 per person
4:1+ / $365 per person
5+:1+ / $365 per person

$20/child discount for all children 12 and under on all private day hikes (issued at final payment)
$5/person discount for AK residents & Active Military and family. Valid with current I.D. (Issued at final payment)

Trip Description

If you’re new to packrafting or looking to add foundational skills to the fun (or not so fun) you’re already having, KWG’s Level 1 is for you. Between the clear water Swimming Hole, Kennicott Glacier Lake and Kennicott River Mouth we progress through skills slowly, and build confidence through repetition in increasingly engaging environments. This course covers packrafting gear, paddle strokes, river reading, boat maneuvers and basic self rescue. Although no experience is required, this is a whitewater packraft course in up to CL II+ Alaskan conditions: cold water, possibly cold outside, drysuits allday. Drills include swimming and self rescuing in flatwater and active paddling in current.

Downriver Day: On the 3rd optional day of the course you can take your newly tuned skills out on the CL III McCarthy Creek and Kennicott Rivers ($200 per person for the third day)
More info on Downriver Day: McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River

Group Course Dates 2022:

  • May 28-29 (Memorial Day)
  • June 11-12
  • Sept 3-4 (Labor Day)

Private Courses can be scheduled at any time.

Duration: 16 hrs (2 x 8 hr days)
Difficulty: No experience necessary, but expect full days of learning outside!
Gear not included, see Packraft Rentals for rates.

Highlights:

  • KWG’s curriculum and approach
  • Instructors with technical and real world experience
  • Variety of natural venues
  • Creating connections and community
  • Lots of options for post course trips…
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Unstable and rocky hiking surfaces. Actively swimming and paddling your own packraft with a kayak paddle in moving cold, glacial fed water.

Who:

  • Packrafters looking to learn and practice foundational skills.
  • No experience necessary, must be comfortable swimming.

When:

  • Group Courses: May 28-29 Memorial Day, June 11-12, June 25-26, Sept 3-4 Labor Day
  • Private Courses can be booked June 4-Sept 15 based on instructor availability and water levels.

Where:
We provide transportation from Kennicott (9:30 pickup), or the Footbridge (9:50 pickup), to the Swimming Hole for a 10am start.

Trip Includes
  • Alpacka packraft, paddle, drysuit, PFD, whitewater helmet drybag, river gloves, river shoes and river socks.
  • Experienced, friendly, knowledgeable instructors!
  • 4:1 client to instructor ratios on group courses.
  • Round-trip transportation from your local lodging to and from the course..
  • A full array of medical, communications, and technical gear.
  • Extra layers if you forgot anything or couldn’t fit it in your luggage!
  • For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit or Trip Planning Page for a gear list.

Packraft Course Level One
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Glacier Lake Packraft

Glacier Lake Packraft

Duration : 4-5 hours
Cost : $
Difficulty : easy
Hike and Packraft

Hike and Packraft

Duration : 6-8 hours
Cost : $$
Difficulty : medium
Nizina Lake Fly-In

Nizina Lake Fly-In

Duration : 6-8 hours
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy
Packraft Course Level 1

Packraft Course Level 1

Duration : 2 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : medium
McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River (CL II+)

McCarthy Creek to Kennicott River (CL II+)

Duration : 6-7 hours
Cost : $
Difficulty : Class II-III
Nizina River (CL II+)

Nizina River (CL II+)

Duration : 1-3 days
Cost : $$-$$$
Difficulty : Class II+
Lakina Traverse (CL III)

Lakina Traverse (CL III)

Duration : 1-6 days
Cost : $$-$$$
Difficulty : Class III
Up & Over (CL III)

Up & Over (CL III)

Duration : 1-2 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : Class III+
Packraft Course Level 2

Packraft Course Level 2

Duration : 2 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : Class III