Learn to BACKPACK
Looking to get out multi-day backpacking but not sure where to start? This course is for you! Spend time with certified hiking guides and learn to plan a safe and comfortable backcountry experience. You will learn about safety, trip planning, environmental responsibility, practice necessary camping skills and experiment with large amounts of camping equipment. More than a guided tour, this interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.
Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
Prerequisites: Must be 16 years of age or older by course date. Minors (under 18 years old) MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Course Format & Objectives:
1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.
- Motivations & Personal Goals.
- Dressing for the Conditions.
- Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
- Environmental Responsibility.
- Hygiene & Toileting.
2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45am) - Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to paddle and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.
- Activities, Route & Scheduling.
- Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
- Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
- Equipment Planning & Packing.
- Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.
3. Camping Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm) - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:
- Fire Building & Safety.
- Knife/Axe Safety.
- Stove Use & Outdoor Cooking.
- Water Purification.
- Tarp/Shelter (tent) Set Up.
- Packing & Outfitting.
4. Trail Skills & Hiking Tour (2:15 to 5:00pm) - Students will participate in 2 short hikes. The first is an entry level trek to establish good habits while on the trail and basic navigation. The second short hike will include carrying a loaded multi-day pack and learning how to manage heavier loads over longer distances. Designed to provide practical experience for a multi-day trip, we help students establish a solid skillset of pacing, breaks, decisions points, and selfcare for longer periods of time. Overseen with a certified guide, this beginner level front country hike will be at a leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible hiking.
- Pre-trip Checks.
- Hiking, Pacing, & Breaks.
- Basic Navigation & Landmarking.
- No Impact Wilderness Travel (Leave No Trace).
- Environmental Awareness.
- Local Heritage.
Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (if applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable carrying their own pack with full weight for a multi-day hike We expect to hike between 2-4 kms. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
What is Provided: Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, packs, tents, etc) for class use.
Course Details: This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 with an instructor, within the boundaries of current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.
Our Learn to Canoe Trip course is curricular based, though we create flexibility to present the content throughout the day in the order that is most suitable based upon conditions, group interests, and other circumstances.
This course is designed to be an ongoing conversation. The equipment choices, methods, and opinions are solely to inspire learning and dialogue to further the interests and knowledge of our students. We welcome friendly conversation about experiences and knowledge of everyone in our courses.
Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more. Cash is preferred and can be given directly to your instructor(s).
Private Courses: We offer private courses and offer discounts of 6+ participants. Contact us to learn more.
Cancellation Policies: We offer a full refund for cancellations at MINIMUM 30 days in advance of your course date. 50% of course fees are forfeited after that date and NO REFUNDS will be issued within 14 days of the course date.
In the unlikely event that we cancel the course due to weather conditions, we will offer an alternative course date or credit for another available tour or course.