This wild and unique expedition introduces students to the art and traditions of horsepacking and the long history of the relationship between humans and pack animals. For 10 days, students will travel on horseback across some of the most beautiful country in Southwest Montana. Montana Wilderness School partners with an experienced local outfitter on this expedition; he and his team have decades of horse knowledge and experience to share. Participants will learn how to saddle, bridle, and pack horses and mules for travel on mountain trails. Along the way, each student will forge a bond with their horse, building trust and learning new skills everyday.
As part of the core MWS curriculum, participants will work to develop leadership and team-building skills and strengthen a personal connection to wild places. Students will also learn and apply Leave No Trace® land stewardship principles and communication skills, and gain a new understanding of Montana’s ecology and human history. This is a physically challenging expedition and students should expect long days in the saddle.
For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life