Five Day Wilderness Kayak Course
Includes: World Class instruction, all lodging, food and equipment on the river
2013 Dates: July 4 – 8 and July 18 – 22, 2013
Prerequisites: Class III experience and a solid kayak roll. The course is designed for kayakers with intermediate or advanced skills. This is the perfect opportunity to receive individual instruction and paddle Class III Rogue rapids with our instructors by your side.
“The experience was the highlight trip of my summer. I had been “making” it down the river, but that’s it. I felt like I was kayaking a bunch, but reached a point that I wasn’t getting any better. The instruction I received from your great group of instructors has been so helpful. They gave me so many techniques/paddle strokes to work on and they helped me with the bad habits I had developed. There wasn’t a single instructor that I didn’t think was great and enjoyable to be around, both on and off the water.” – Angela Warder, Olympia, WA
Day 1: We’ll start the first day by honing your skills in preparation for the downstream river trip. You’ll have the chance to practice your roll and your strokes while getting acclimated on the Rogue River. As the day progresses, we’ll start to head downstream and into the Rogue Wilderness.
Days 2-5: The next few days will be spent on the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River from Grave Creek to Foster Bar. This time will be spent focusing on reinforcing your skills and honing your technique. Each day, we cover between 6 and 12 miles, running some rapids in formation, and stopping to play in others.
Mid-day we will stop for lunch, as well as a quick snooze and/or sunbath. By late afternoon, we will pull into camp. Sit back and relax as dinner is cooked riverside, and relax to the sound of the river. Horseshoes anyone? Last call for a Dutch oven dessert served under the full moon on the Rogue River!
On down the river the group travels. Each rapid presents a challenge and a reward. The timelessness and beauty of the Rogue is working its magic on you. Rapids you wouldn’t have dared a few days ago are now do-able. The crazed pace of the real world becomes distant and inconsequential. You notice that your life is more in tune with the nuances of the great outdoors. In addition to the song of the river, you hear the strum of a distant chord that now includes you in the workings of nature.
We call it an “Instructional Expedition”
We plan less structured time for learning new skills and more time for the pure enjoyment of running a river. Our instructors will be there for your safety and guidance at each of the rapids as well as for individualized instruction.
We love kayaking!
The thrill and reward of accepting the challenge of learning how to kayak in whitewater, mixed with experiencing the fun, majestic beauty and timelessness of a wilderness river trip are the reasons people come to Sundance Kayak School.