Advanced Kayak Clinic


Join us for a 2 day advanced kayak clinic down the Upper Animas starting in Silverton Colorado. No other river in the world comes close to the scenery, whitewater and unique experience of the Upper Animas River!  This clinic will cover  advanced paddling skills such as:  hydro-morphology/ scouting/ line choices, punching and avoiding holes, kayak based rescue and much more! We will stop for the night at our stunning river- side camp where can you relax with a cold beverage or explore Chicago Basin while we cook up a hearty meal for you. Participants should have above average fitness and stamina, and previous class IV experience.


    • 4 PM Day Prior to Launch: Meet at 4 Corners Riversports in Durango for a pre-trip safety video, gear fitting and kayak skill test on the Lower Animas
    • 7 AM Launch Day: Depart Durango for Silverton, Colorado.
    • 8:30 AM Launch Day: Arrive in historic Silverton.
    • 10:00 AM Launch Day: Begin floating.
    • 11 AM Launch Day: Run class IV+ Snow Shed rapid.
    • 12 Noon Launch Day: We prepare a tasty lunch above Ten Mile rapid, then scout this class V rapid.
    • 1 PM Launch Day: Arrive at and scout class V No Name rapid. We set safety and video camera man. Look like too much for you? You have the option to walk around.
    • 2 PM Launch Day: Run class IV+ Tank Rapid.
    • 3 PM Launch Day: Arrive in Needleton, CO. Top Upper participants exit here to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Train back to Durango, Colorado.
    • Overnight participants continue on to camp.
    • Day 2: 8 AM: coffee and breakfast.
    • 9:30 AM: Morning hike to the old miners cabin and grave site.
    • 12 Noon: We prepare a tasty lunch before launching.
    • 1 PM: Arrive at and scout class V Broken Bridge Rapid.
    • 2:00 PM: Stop for a well deserved snack break at Cascade Canyon.
    • 2:30 PM: We tackle several class IV rapids above Tacoma.
    • 3:30 PM: Arrive at Tacoma Station and derig boats and gear.
    • 4:30 PM: Board the train for Durango, Colorado.
    • 5:00 PM: Exit train at Rockwood Station
    • 6:00 PM: Arrive in Durango, Colorado.

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