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Backcountry Packing School 


Learn how to safely and properly pack your gear and go into the backcountry in a hands-on 8 Day packing school in the heart of the Packing Industry in the Sierra. This course is designed to give you the basic foundation and right tools to set you up for success so you and your equine can travel the back country on your own, or even prepare you for a career in the packing industry. 

Trent and Mariah Peterson have 22 years combined experience in the packing industry. They value and teach proper backcountry and horsemanship skills so each experience into the mountains is the best it can be for you and your animal.

What we'll Cover

  • Catching your mule or horse

  • Bowline & prusik knot, truckers

  • hitch

  • Setting up a highline

  • Afternoon

  • Parts of the Pack saddle

  • Saddling your mule and

  • adjusting the saddle

  • Equipment inventory (things to take with you) & camp comforts

  • Backcountry Vet care

  • Backcountry shoeing

  • The box hitch

  • The walker hitch

  • The diamond hitch

  • Stringing your mules together

  • Proper leading practices

  • Switchbacks, trail etiquette

  • Riding techniques for the trail 

The course will finish with a overnight stay where we'll set a typical camp with Leave No Trace practices. 

June 24th - 30th

Cost Per Student $1400

To reserve your spot in this course:

Call (760) 873-8877



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