PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL COURSES 2023
WILDERNESS PERMITS: All wilderness permits for our guests are provided through the Pack Station commercial quota allocation. These wilderness permits are not issued from the general public quota. If you are riding or hiking with us, the permit will be issued from our commercial quota.
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PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL
June 24-29, 2023
Backcountry itinerary at Tamarack/Hilton with emphasis on mastering hitches, packing techniques and
management of livestock and people to minimize impact on wilderness.
PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #2
Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 2)
July 2-7, 2023
This trip is operated by the Mt. Whitney Pack Train
Meet at Horseshoe Meadows—a six day traveling educational pack trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness
Emphasis on moving camps, wrangling and feeding livestock on the extended wilderness pack trip.
VETERINARY CARE AND HORSEPACKING IN THE WILDERNESS
Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
July 10-16, 2023
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This seven-day, deluxe pack trip has been acclaimed as an outstanding adventure and educational
Topics will include:
- Wilderness conduct of people
- Trail riding safety and horse equipment
- Methods of feeding livestock in the backcountry
- Management of livestock
- Preventative medicine
- Evaluating the normal horse
- Treating a hurt or sick horse in the wilderness
- Packing equipment, fitting saddles, making loads, hitches and leading strings of mules
- Veterinary skills including physical examination, floating teeth, intramuscular/IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses
Craig London, D.V.M., is owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains in the southeastern Sierra Nevada mountains. He practices veterinary medicine in Bishop and has taught many UC Davis Extension courses on veterinary care and wilderness horsepacking.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness
PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL
John Muir Wilderness
September 9-14, 2023
Start and End at Rock Creek
Master packing and outfitting skills in this September course on a six-day pack trip into Mono Creek. Emphasis on wrangling and moving camp daily to improve packing skills. This fall session will be an ideal course for those who have completed UC packing courses, Backcountry Horseman seminars and introductory packing clinics.
ABOUT THE COURSES
Each is designed for:
- Those who use their own stock for trail riding or pack trips.
- Those seeking employment in the commercial packing industry.
- Those administering or using livestock in wilderness areas.
Students will participate in all activities such as moving camps, wrangling and packing.
There will be time for discusssion and questions and free time for fishing
and sightseeing. The course will conclude with a practical as well as a written
examination. All students will receive a written evaluation and certificate of completion.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
(Cick here for a complete outline of the topics covered, as well as the itinerary for the September Professional Packing School).
- Catching, saddling and handling horses and mules.
- Planning and making loads for mules.
- Pack hitches and how to tie on bulky items.
- Riding and leading strings of mules.
- Feeding in the backcountryhow to graze stock, when and how to picket, how to wrangle.
- Veterinary skills for the layman.
- Methods in selecting horses and mules for back country use.
- Nutritional needs of pack animals.
- Selection of campsites.
- Management of livestock to minimize impact on wilderness.
- Planning and outfittng your own pack trips.
- Selection and maintenance of camping equipment.
- History of packing in the High Sierra.
- Knots used in packing.
- The effects of altitude on livestock performance.
- Maintenance of pack equipment.
- Trail safety.
Craig London D.V.M. outfitter and owner of Rock Creek Pack Station, teaches packing to University of California riding groups.
HANDOUTS GIVEN TO STUDENTS:
- Handbook on practical veterinary care. (For a PDF version of the
"FIRST AID/VETERINARY CARE FOR THE WILDERNESS HORSE", click here.)
- Plans showing how to make packboxes.
- Drawings showing how to fit pack saddles.
- Food and equipment lists.
- Information on where to purchase mules and their equipment.
- List of opportunities for employment in the packing industry.
- Bibliography of reference material on packing.
- The Handbook "Management of
Livestock in the Wilderness".
of our school include United States Forest Service and National Park Service
employees, pack station owners, pack station and outfitter employees.
All Inclusive - You furnish only bedroll and personal items.
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Rock Creek Pack Station, Inc operates under permit on the Inyo National Forest.
All Trail Rides and Packing Schools are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 2% USFS fee.
Horse Drives are are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 3% USFS fee.
Mustang Trips are are subject to a 3% USFS fee.
Trips traveling in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are subject to an additional 3% park use fee.
NOTICE: “In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
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Last Updated: January 25, 2023
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