This rowing school offers a unique opportunity for individuals with strong class IV skills to further develop their skillset and challenge themselves on continuous, technical whitewater in a remote and beautiful wilderness setting. This school is ideal for experienced boaters looking for lots of time on the oars and an opportunity to hone advanced whitewater skills.
Students will each row their own individual craft, and be responsible for their own vehicle shuttle from put-in to takeout.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon offers a variety of technical challenges. Throughout the trip there will be a focus on oar-management and team boating skills. Students will need to be able to catch difficult eddies and maintain proper boat spacing and boat order. The upper section of the river is extremely continuous, and students will face back-to-back rapids with few opportunities for rest in between. The ability to actively swim and self-rescue in the event of a flip is also essential through this section.
As the trip progresses the river changes in character, offering more space between rapids, and more of a “big water” feel as side creeks add volume to the river. Calmer sections of the river offer opportunities to practice recovery and whitewater swimming techniques, punctuated by classic Middle Fork rapids. As we reach the end of the trip, we will run the Impassable Canyon, featuring a number of big, exciting rapids and challenging maneuvers.
Depending on water levels and logistical concerns, the trip will start at Boundary Creek, and run the full 100 miles of the Middle Fork to the Cache Bar takeout. Covering this distance requires long, often exhausting days on the river, followed by the reward of a campfire and a delicious dinner in camp.