Horse and Mule 

Packing Skills Class

June 10 – 14, 2020

Learn the hands on skills of packing horses and mules on this 5 day, 4 night wilderness (LNT) educational trip. 

Only $1725.00 PER PERSON!

>>>>>Those who have taken Smoke Elser’s winter packing class will receive a discount to $795.00 per person.<<<<< 

Students learn by doing the hands on work which is the best way to retain packing skills. We start with teaching you the benefits of the Decker Pack Saddle and the traditional packing methods that have been developed over the years.   Next is proper saddling and adjusting of the Decker.  We then teach you how to manty, load, balance and watch the loads on the trail. Other skills that we cover are stock care, saddling, riding your trail horse or mule, stock management in a wilderness setting, Leave-No-Trace (LNT) techniques for stock use and much more.  We also cover backcountry meal planning and preperation.  We plan to move camps everyday so there is plenty of practice.   This is a working, learning trip and is not intended to be a relaxing vacation.  There will be down time to relax, but  we want you to  learn as much as possible in this short time in the Wilderness.

This class will benefit anyone who wants to learn horse and mule packing skills and learn how to practice Leave-No-Trace techniques to protect our wilderness resource.    Stock users have a responsibility to be good stewards of the land, and this is the philosophy that we want to share with you.    We teach you how to select a camp site, how to set it up and what equipment is light, comfortable and packs well.  Both Connie and Mack are LNT Master Educators for Stock Use and students will receive a LNT certificate of completion.  Students will also receive a certificate for completing the Packing Skills Class.  

FYI:  (manty or manti is a Spanish word that means to wrap or bundle)

*******MAXIMUM OF 11 STUDENTS *******


CALL (406) 544-3016 to reserve your place in this class. This class fills fast, so don’t delay

^^^^^CLASS TAKES PLACE IN THE SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS which is part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex^^^^^


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Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters - Missoula, Montana