Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Smoke Elser Back In the Saddle in West Glacier

Legendary outfitter and packer Smoke Elser is returning to Glacier Outdoor Center to share his backcountry expertise. Sign up now for the two-day hands-on packing course set for May 14th and 15th. Whether you want to get started in packing or honing specific skills, this course is for you.


  • What: Smoke Elser’s Wilderness Outfitting and Packing Course
  • When: May 14-15 2011 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Glacier Outdoor Center, West Glacier
  • Cost: $200 for the two-day course; includes lunch both days (does not include 7% service fee)

The primary topics will 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.

Smoke has spent more than five decades as an outfitter in the famed Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. As an educator, mentor and wilderness steward, he built relationships between Forest Service officials and outfitters across the nation by finding common ground in wilderness protection.

Space is limited to 20 students! To register or for more information, please contact Glacier Outdoor Center at 406-888-5454 or info@jbaldelli.holewinskigroup.com


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