Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Legendary Packer Coming to GOC

Here at GOC we’re excited to announce that Smoke Elser, the legendary outfitter and packer, will be hosting a two-day outfitting and packing course on May 1st and 2nd.  It’s a two-day hands-on course designed for novice packers with no experience necessary.
World-famous Smoke Elser has spent more than five decades as an outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. As an educator, mentor and wilderness steward, he built relationships between Forest Service officials and outfitters across the nation by finding common ground in protecting wildlands. Elser is one of the founding fathers of the concept and practice of minimum impact packing.
The main topics include general horse handling, packing, minimum impact horse use and camping techniques. Participants will receive an introduction to safe handling of horses and mules, main injury points, riding equipment, picketing, hobbling, emergency shoeing, and basic backcountry horse care. The course also teaches cargoing, loading, stringing of stock and light on the land travel techniques
•    What: Smoke Elser led Wilderness Outfitting and Packing Course
•    When: May 1st and May 2nd 2010 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
•   Where: Ridgetop Retreat Conference Center at Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier
•    Cost: $175 for the two-day course; includes lunch both days
Class space is limited to 20 students. To register or for more information, contact Glacier Outdoor  Center at 406-888-5454 or

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