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Packraft Course Level 2

Trip Description

If you want to hone your existing packraft abilities or practice your whitewater rescue skills in a practical setting, then KWG’s Level 2 is for you. This course is designed for someone who has prior whitewater paddling experience in a packraft or kayak. We utilize a variety of outdoor venues (flatwater to CL III) to finetune paddle strokes, build confidence in boat maneuvers, and learn to play in the river. We focus on the skills needed to navigate the wild rivers around us: river reading, rescue philosophy, risk assessment and boat control. Drills include swimming in moving current, performing advanced maneuvers in moving current, and paddling CL III whitewater.

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 June-Sept depending on instructor availability.

Duration: 16 hrs (2 x 8 hr days)
Difficulty:  Two full days of activity in varied weather conditions, swimming and paddling in up to CL III whitewater settings.
Gear not included, see Packraft Rentals for rates.

Highlights:

  • KWG’s in-depth curriculum and real world approach
  • Instructors with technical skills and real Alaskan experience
  • Creating connections and community
  • Get lots of reps with rescue skills and drills
  • Real time feedback on the water
  • Lots of options for post course trips
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Unstable and rocky hiking surfaces. Actively swimming in cold moving current, and paddling your own packraft with a kayak paddle in CL III whitewater.

Who:

  • Packrafters Interested in expanding their knowledge and river safety, rescue technique, and boat control.
  • Previous experience is required for this course. See Packraft Level 1 course for beginner packrafters.

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
  • 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!

Trip Does not Include

  • Guide Gratuity (recommended 10-20% of tour cost)
  • Packrafting gear, if you are interested in renting gear check out our Packraft Rentals Page
  • Personal clothing & gear. For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit our Trip Planning Page for a gear list.
  • Lodging.
  • Transportation to and from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Packraft Course Level 2 Pricing

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

Group / $365
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 2 Pricing

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

Group / $365
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 want to hone your existing packraft abilities or practice your whitewater rescue skills in a practical setting, then KWG’s Level 2 is for you. This course is designed for someone who has prior whitewater paddling experience in a packraft or kayak. We utilize a variety of outdoor venues (flatwater to CL III) to finetune paddle strokes, build confidence in boat maneuvers, and learn to play in the river. We focus on the skills needed to navigate the wild rivers around us: river reading, rescue philosophy, risk assessment and boat control. Drills include swimming in moving current, performing advanced maneuvers in moving current, and paddling CL III whitewater.

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 June-Sept depending on instructor availability.

Duration: 16 hrs (2 x 8 hr days)
Difficulty:  Two full days of activity in varied weather conditions, swimming and paddling in up to CL III whitewater settings.
Gear not included, see Packraft Rentals for rates.

Highlights:

  • KWG’s in-depth curriculum and real world approach
  • Instructors with technical skills and real Alaskan experience
  • Creating connections and community
  • Get lots of reps with rescue skills and drills
  • Real time feedback on the water
  • Lots of options for post course trips
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Unstable and rocky hiking surfaces. Actively swimming in cold moving current, and paddling your own packraft with a kayak paddle in CL III whitewater.

Who:

  • Packrafters Interested in expanding their knowledge and river safety, rescue technique, and boat control.
  • Previous experience is required for this course. See Packraft Level 1 course for beginner packrafters.

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
  • 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!

Trip Does not Include

  • Guide Gratuity (recommended 10-20% of tour cost)
  • Packrafting gear, if you are interested in renting gear check out our Packraft Rentals Page
  • Personal clothing & gear. For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit our Trip Planning Page for a gear list.
  • Lodging.
  • Transportation to and from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Packraft Course Level Two
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