Packing Seminar

SUNRISE PACK STATION, LLC’s Weekend Packing Seminar

~ Offered by Shane McClaflin ~ (406) 579-9642

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Classes will be held in Bozeman, MT on Manley Road, off of Griffin, just west of the East Gallatin Recreation Center. The cost of the Weekend Packing Seminar© is $110 per person and is limited to 8 people.

Ladies Only Packing Class: June 3-4, 2016. 8 Booked / 0 Available

Spring Open Packing Class: June 10-11, 2016.  8 Booked/0 Available

FRIDAY, – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Topics include:

Why go into the back country? – Ethics of outdoor land use. – Setting up a camp: What to bring? – Camp organization – Toilet facilities – Food storage and preparation – Cleaning up camp after yourself – Low impact camping. Classroom: (1 hour)

Hands On: (2 hours) – How to be safe around the stock – Fitting saddles, pack and riding to your stock – What animal to use? Horses vs. Mules.

SATURDAY, – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Topics include:

Keeping stock in the Backcountry I: Low impact stock retention. – Picketing – Hobbling – High Lines – Low Lines – Tying to trees – Electric fences (These techniques will be practiced throughout the weekend).

Hands On: (2 hours) – Packing the Decker: – How to tie manties in two versions – Basket Sling – Crow’s Foot

LUNCH BREAK ~ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bring your own lunch.

SATURDAY, – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Topics include:

Keeping stock in the Backcountry II: Amount of stock to take – Feeding and grazing stock – Spreading manure – Keeping a low impact horse camp – Classroom: (1 hour)

Hands On: (2 hours) Packing the Sawbuck – Different kinds of Panyards – Box Hitch – Arizona Hitch – Diamond Hitch

Classroom: (1 hour) – Food safety – How to deal with bears – What to do in case of an emergency – What to do when all else fails.

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We’ll put the skills we learned in the Level I class to practice on this overnight trip into Yellowstone’s Northwest Corner. We provide everything, you just show up with a change of clothes, your toothbrush, and if you prefer, your own riding helmet.

Learn skills of:

  • Stringing more than one animal together
  • Navigating water and trail obstacles
  • Practice keeping horses overnight
  • Review the Level I Packing Skills of
    • Saddling mules
    • Mantying Loads
    • Tying the Basket Sling and Crows foot
    • Tying the Box Hitch
    • Tying the Diamond Hitch
  • Back country Camp set up
  • Using a Bear pole
  • Back country cooking
  • Much more…

Level II Class July 8 and 9, 2016