Expedition Training The learning objectives of expedition courses are to develop skills necessary to be your own wilderness packraft guide. You will be involved with the “big picture” planning & preparation process- professional guidance gaining insight & experience before executing an Alaskan backcountry packraft trip.

Registration: Contact Alaska Packraft School for questions.  Exact route & course itinerary under construction, TBA soon. 


Course Description: Expedition courses are comprehensive “hybrid” learning opportunities: you’ll also receive skills coaching & refine your river paddling ability during the trip.

Having established foundational packrafting skills through previous APS courses, expedition members will meet with instructors on day one.  We review gear & get on the water together as a group before 4 days of wilderness travel.  

All participants will be self-supported: carrying food, camping equipment and shared group items. This allows you to become familiar with & develop confidence in your personal gear while refining “systems” you’ll use on future packraft trips.


Expedition Courses are ideal for:

  • Previous APS students or those with class II/III packraft training & experience
  • Individuals that do not want a “guided” trip, but want to be an active participant in the planning process and success of the group.
  • Individuals that are willing to acquire the gear needed for this expedition and to plan and prepare with others.
  • Team members should be emotionally & physically fit; have ability & willingness to adjust to changes inevitable in wilderness environments & what “The Alaska Factor” may throw at us :)


Curriculum Outline:

  • Trip planning, logistics, food packing, gear selection & prep
  • Packing tips, techniques & pros/cons: cutting on weight, not safety 
  • Gear management while in field & post trip
  • Gear repair & in field fixes: packrafts, river gear & camping equipment
  • Group travel techniques & communication
  • Paddling & handling loaded boats
  • Self & group rescue in wilderness environments
  • Group communication & travel techniques
  • Identifying & avoiding hazards: “Read and run” boat vs land scouting
  • Advanced paddling techniques (based on river features and group pace)
  • Morning meetings: establish daily objectives
  • Evening meetings: debrief experiences & plan following day
  • Satellite communication options & evacuation considerations
  • Cultivating “Situational Awareness.” Logistics & safety discussions to build better risk management & decision making skills in the field.
  • Leave No Trace Ethics


Expedition Training also includes:

  • 2 hours of group zoom meetings approximately 2 weeks prior to course start date.  
  • 1 hour of consultation, in person or remote.  We’re here to support & guide you!



Previous APS students or those with class II/III packraft training or experience. 


July 4-8th, 2024 (Womens)

August 14-18th, 2024


5 Days

Cost and Location

Pricing and exact location / itinerary TBA soon.

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