9th Salmon River

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The 9 th Grade Main Salmon River Trip Matt Leidecker photo

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The Salmon River is the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 and runs through a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon. The trip is about 90 miles in length, 80 miles of which is wilderness river. A wilderness river trip is a powerful experience especially in September with the fall colors changing and few others on the river.

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The Main Salmon is the first trip students do in the upper school. The trip provides a memorable shared experience and helps to bond the class. Matt Leidecker photo

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Raft Surfing: Caveat Emptor!

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Where is our boat?? Matt Leidecker photo

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Key Trip Information: 2009 Trip Name: 9 th Grade River Trip Trip Dates and Time: Depart Sunday September 20 th at 6:30 am and return on Saturday September 26 th between 9 and 10 pm. Location: Main Salmon River between Corn Creek and Spring Bar Transportation: Mackay River Bus Supervising Faculty and Staff: Willy Felton, HannesThum , Chauncy Pogue, PilarLindahl , Bozo Cardozo, Kim Jacobs, Pete Patterson, Ashley Wells, Ethan Weston Estimated Costs: $550-600 550 If your child is currently receiving financial aid, you may request trip aid for outdoor trips. Please contact Katie Robins at ext. 117 or email her: krobins@communityschool.org Parent Meeting Time and Location: Thursday September 10 th at 8:15 in the library conference room (Parents must either view the trip description on line or attend a parent trip meeting before signing the permission slip)

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Trip Schedule Sunday Meet at school at 6:30 am and travel North through Salmon Idaho to the put in at Corn Creek. Finish rigging the rafts then put on the river for a short float to camp. Monday-Saturday: On the River Saturday: Take off the River in late morning and travel back to Sun Valley via Riggins and McCall. Dinner on the road in either McCall or Stanley Estimated arrival around 9pm. Matt Leidecker photo Matt Leidecker photo

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Regional and Area Map Corn Creek Carey Creek To Salmon Idaho To Riggins Idaho

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Don’t get munched by the duck! Running Big Mallard Rapid Matt Leidecker photo

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Beware river pirates Matt Leidecker photo “My relationship with student's increases by 1000% after an outdoor trip compared to prior to a trip. Students and I develop a relationship that could never be mimicked in the classroom.” Willy Felton-upper school math and river sage

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Running a hole Matt Leidecker photo

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Senior leadership is an important component on Community School outdoor trips. Matt Leidecker photos Riley and Sean

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Why we do the 9 th Grade Main Salmon River Trip Warming up in Barth Hot Springs

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Overarching Objectives for Every Outdoor Trip: Foster personal growth through wilderness experiences that challenge students to reach beyond their comfort zones. Build and strengthen the student faculty relationships that are so unique to our school and integral to meaningful teaching and learning in the classroom. Provide opportunities for students to build an understanding and relationship with wild places that will enrich them throughout their lives. Teach the core skills necessary to be competent in wilderness environments. (We teach the core skills that make sense within the context of each trip) Expedition planning Self Care Risk Management Care of equipment Map skills The ABC’s of Packs Backcountry cooking Camp selection, set up and bomb proofing Sanitation Expedition Behavior, Teamwork and Leadership Leave No Trace ethics—the art of low impact wilderness travel.

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Specific Objectives For the 9 th Grade River Trip: To expose students to the wonders of one of the last wilderness rivers left in the lower 48 To provide an experience and setting that will help the class bond with each other and their teachers To take individual and group responsibility for safety, trip chores, navigation, minimum impact of the river environment, and care for one another. To teach students river specific wilderness skills such as: River Risk Management River Camp set up, management and breakdown How to rig a raft How to read water and ` pilot an oar raft, paddle raft and an inflatable kayak. To have fun

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Hazards/Risks Likelihood (often, Occasional, rare) Severity (Severe, Moderate, Minor) Driving Accidents Rare Minor-Severe Powerful hydraulics, Drowning Rare Severe In Camp Injuries ( Fact: Most river trip injuries happen in camp) Occasional Minor Cold Weather/hypothermia Occasional Minor Difficulty of evacuation Rare Minor-Severe Risk Assessment: 9 th Grade Salmon River Trip Because wilderness environments are dynamic places, this list of possible risks and hazards only reflects what we are most likely to encounter and by no means seeks to list all of the risks inherent in wilderness travel.

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Powerful hydraulics can flip rafts Matt Leidecker photo Matt Leidecker photo

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Its all fun until … It is September in Idaho. Rain, snow and freezing temperatures are not uncommon. Its all good as long as one is prepared.

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How do we manage risk on the 9 th Grade River Trip? The river trip follows accepted white water safety guidelines. All students are taught river safety guidelines and required to follow them. Students are taught that they are the most important risk managers on the trip. All expedition members wear PFD’s (life jackets) when on the water Students listen to a river safety briefing

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How do we manage risk on the 9 th Grade River Trip? We Hire experienced professional river guides who know the river and team them with faculty members who know the students. We have emergency and risk management plans that all staff members are familiar with. These include emergency contacts and evacuation plans specific to the Main Salmon River. Two of the best; Guides Bozo Cardozo and Pete Patterson. Matt Leidecker photos

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How do we manage risk on the 9 th grade river trip? All guides and faculty have either Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid training The expedition is equipped with multiple expedition first aid kits and a satellite phone for emergencies We charter a bus with a professional driver to transport students to and from the river Learning to row

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How do we manage risk on the 9 th Grade River Trip? We make sure that students are properly equipped through the use of detailed packing lists, student preparation meetings, student gear checks and the use of high quality river craft and equipment. We teach students appropriate self care and monitor their well being regularly. All students must read and sign a trip agreement form.

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The Salmon River canyon is the second deepest canyon in the country. When the sun heats air in big deep canyons it creates and magnifies up canyon winds. The wind is known as the dragon’s breath because of its temperature and ferocity, and is a regular afternoon occurrence. Car camping tents with large wind profiles, such as the one pictured above, are regularly destroyed by the dragon’s breath. So don’t bring large car camping tents. Bring a smaller 2-4 person tent designed for 3 season backpacking use.

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“The Sun shines not on us but in us. The Rivers flow not past, But through us.” - John Muir

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Th e Community School Outdoor Trip Parent Checklist (If these are not completed the student cannot attend the trip.) View online trip description or attend the parent trip briefing There will be a link to the trip description and the date and location of the parent trip briefing in the trip information letter. Parent Package (read, complete, return) Information letter Location, transport, preparation and cost and parent briefing information. Permission Slip Read, sign and return: Remember to tick the box about the trip briefing. Update Student Medical Information if necessary

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