Mountain Training Center-Pack School

Have you ever thought of taking an extended back country trip, packing with livestock, or becoming a professional guide? Our experienced packers, guides and cooks get together every June to share their knowledge. The program is  not taught by one individual, instead each segment is taught by our leading staff member on that topic. In 2016 we are changing the format from  a month long program to a series of 3 day weekends. The topics and schedules are outlined below. Each session is limited to 6 students.

Week Date Topic
1 June 3-5, 2016 Intro to animals and equipment
2 June 10-13, 2016 Building loads and tying them on
3 June 17-20.2016 Working with pack strings
4 June 24-30, 2016 Camp Building
5 July 1-3, 2016 Packing Game

Each segment will build on the previous and cover safety, USFS and state regulations, navigation and techniques for living in the remote wilderness. Packing game requires a skill set well beyond that necessary for packing equipment and supplies. The program spends time exploring various techniques for dealing with horses and mules that run from the smell of dead meat or bolt from a head with antlers.

Participants live in wall tents both on the ranch and in the wilderness. We are often asked about staying in town at a friends or in a hotel. This is not something we encourage. The Mountain Training Center relies on the total immersion approach to maximize learning and improve knowledge retention.