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Join us for a fun day on the river learning how to packraft! This new and popular form of recreation combines paddling and hiking. With super-light rafts (only 6 pounds or so), it's easy to access wilderness rivers and lakes, along with portaging river hazards and dangerous rapids! You will learn how to rig, carry, and take care of your packraft and equipment. We will also cover river safety, paddling strokes, reading whitewater, and river rescue. The field session starts in an outdoor classroom and then progresses to flatwater practice to prepare students for paddling a river (rated as class I - II) with a hiking portage. You will learn in a relaxed and fun environment.
Class Sections For Introduction to Packrafting (LLREC 918)
Summer 2021 Section 1, Starting on: 06/26/2021
This is an in-person class that meets outside. All in-person interactions require mask-wearing and 6 feet of physical distancing. Students are responsible for bringing a packraft and additional equipment (helmet, paddle, PFD type III life jacket). Rental packages are available from the University of Utah Campus Recreation Services or a sporting goods shop; please reserve early. Students must be comfortable riding in a socially distanced shuttle from the river take-out point to their parked vehicle. Class is limited to 12.