Pack Horse clinic

Pack Horse Clinic  July 14,15,16 2018

McKenzie’s Trails West is excited to host another weekend Pack horse clinic featuring notable long time guide and outfitter Ron McKenzie. With almost 50 years experience in the field, Ron is prepared  to share his substantial knowledge with the general public.

Pack horse clinician Ron McKenzie

Pack horse clinician Ron McKenzie is prepared to share almost 50 years of back country experience


Horses and equipment supplied –  All meals supplied – One on one instruction – Accommodations available including free non serviced camping sites – Campfire socials – Saturday night steak BBQ –



Pack Horse Clinic Course Outline


gear and equipment preparations

packing boxes

hanging boxes

top packs

diamond hitch

variations of the diamond hitch

duffel loads and hitches

mantis hitch

problem packs

difficult ties

tail ties

pack string management



Pack Horse Clinic Schedule

Friday July 14 – 6:30pm Registration

Friday July 14 – 6:30 – 7:30pm Welcome BBQ

Friday July 14 – 8pm  First info session followed by round table discussion

Saturday July 15 8am Breakfast

Saturday July 15 9am Second info session followed by  hands on practice

Saturday July 15 12:30pm  Lunch

Saturday July 15 1pm Third info session followed by hands on practice

Saturday July 15 6pm Steak BBQ

Saturday July 15 7pm horses available for  independent practice

Saturday July 15 9pm Campfire social

Sunday July 16 9am Breakfast

Sunday July 16 10am Last info session followed by hands on practice

Sunday July 16 12:30pm Lunch

Sunday July 16 1pm hands on practice

Sunday July 16 3:pm Wrap up


cost per participant $500 Canadian

$100 non-refundable deposit at time of booking –  remainder due on registration

guests of participants welcome at $100/each to cover meals and facilities

waiver conditional to participation

Ron has designed his program to be useful to all levels of packers.  Whether you are a complete beginner or are just wanting to hone your backcountry skills we believe you will find immense value in this clinic.

Packhorse clinic