Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Smoke Elser This Weekend at GOC

We’ve been hyping this event up for awhile now…but the legendary Smoke Elser is here this weekend.

Check the Flathhead Beacon’s article about the upcoming weekend:

Smoke Elser, a renowned outfitter, is hosting a two-day outfitting and packing course at the Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier on May 1-2. Elser has been an outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for five decades. The course’s main topics include horse handling, packing, minimum-impact horse use and camping techniques. There are still spots available.

Smoke Elser

Here’s the full press release from the Glacier Outdoor Center:

Legendary outfitter Smoke Elser is hosting a two-day outfitting and packing course at the new Ridgetop Retreat Conference Center at Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier this May. The two-day hands-on course is designed for novice packers with no experience necessary.

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

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.

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.

Class space is limited to 20 students. To register or for more information, contact Glacier Outdoor Center at 406-888-5454 or grc@jbaldelli.holewinskigroup.com .

There are still spots available. If you are interested just give us a call!

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