Are you prepared to deal with an unexpected night out? This course covers essential survival skills for hikers and snowshoers traveling in the backcountry of SW British Columbia. You will spend one evening learning about pre-trip planning, hazard recognition and avoidance, emergency kits, survival psychology and navigation skills. During the practical field session in the local mountains, you will build your own emergency shelters and spend the night. After you experience a night out in the local mountains with minimum survival gear, you’ll have the confidence to deal with any situation!
- Please note: All Canada West Mountain School Wilderness Survival courses include an evening Class session on the Wednesday night prior to the weekend field trip.
The first evening classroom session will run from 7 pm till approx. 10 pm. This session will thoroughly cover all aspects of wilderness Survival, emergency kits, incident response and will also serve as preparation for the field session.
The field session will be a 2-day overnight trip into a forested wilderness area. On the first day you will meet with your group at the pre-arranged trailhead at 0900. The hike into the training site is usually short (about 2 hours). You will spend the day working on skills such as shelter building, fire construction, emergency response, mental preparedness, and incident management. That evening you will spend the night in your newly constructed emergency shelter (tents will be available for back-up in case of poor weather conditions).
On day-2 you will head out for a day hike in the surrounding area to practice navigation skills, route finding and other emergency skills such as using signalling devices, etc. You will return to the trailhead at around 3:00 pm on Day-2. After a short wrap-up and question session, the course will finish at around 4:00 pm.
- Gear List - Wilderness Survival Gear List