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OFF TRAIL BACKPACKING


Take your navigation skills to the next step!

You've already taken a navigation course, now you're looking to get away from the crowds? Let's head into the backcountry using our map and compass to guide us. 

Spend three days wandering the mountains, forging your own way. Our guide will teach you all there is to know about backpacking off trail! We will hike up to 12km and set up a campsite. Spending two nights out we'll have a lot of opportunity to practice our skills, explore, and get you out front! 

Dates and Bookings

Adventure Dates 2022:

  • August 24 - 27
  • September 14 - 17
Have a group of friends who want to get out? We can put together a private trip just for you!

 

Adventure Rates:
  • Participants:

    CAD $615 + applicable taxes

  • Information package will be given upon registration
  • We value small groups - limited to 6 adventurers
  • This is a co-ed trip

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Itinerary and Gear

Planned Itinerary

  • (Pre-Trip) Day 1:
    Due to COVID-19 our pre-trip meetings will now be held online at 7pm. We will make sure everyone has everything they need, introduce the group, laugh lots, and distribute the group gear. If COVID-19 restrictions relax we will resume in person pre-trip meetings. (In this case you will be notified of the change.)
  • Day 2:

    We'll wake up full of energy and drive to the trailhead. The day will be spent with map and compass in hand. Under the watchful eye of your guide the group will be in charge of setting the path. Delicious home made dehydrated meals will fill our bellies when we reach camp. Topped off with desert we will head to bed with a smile on our face!

  • Day 3:
    Wake up to the smell of coffee delivered to your "door". After an amazing breakfast relish in the beauty of the mountains. We will spend the day exploring off trail and practicing our navigation and decision making skills. Each person will take a turn out front while under the guidance of the guide. The day is our own adventure!
  • Day 4:
    Today we get to sleep in and enjoy the wilderness before heading back to civilization. Taking our time to appreciate our surroundings we will hike out to our cars. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as you just spent two nights in the backcountry!

Level of Difficulty

This trip is designed to help solidify your navigation skills and help you become independent in the backcountry. Previous map and compass experience is necessary. We will be hiking through the bush, crossing rivers, and choosing our own path. As a result, this should not be your first hike of the year. You will need to carry your personal gear plus food and water for up to 12km each day. When packing, be mindful that your pack should not weight more than 30lbs.

Want to get your body ready for the trip? Take our navigation course and check out this 6 week training program. Follow this and you'll be set. Lets learn together and have some laughs!

  Navigation Course      6 week hiking fitness program      Hiking Fitness Series    

Have questions swirling around, don't hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

Gear, Food and Lodging

Included:

  • Backcountry skills learning

  • Wilderness pass for two nights
  • Tents for camping
  • Amazingly delicious food from the evening of day 1 to lunch on the last day
  • The expertise from an ACMG Guide
  • All group gear - stoves, pots, food storage materials, water treatment, sunblock, bug spray
  • All safety equipment - bear spray, first aid kit, emergency communication device, and tarp

Participants must provide:

  • Accommodations the night before getting on the trail
  • Transportation to Canmore, AB and the trailhead
  • Breakfast and Lunch of day 1 and supper on the last day
  • Personal Gear (Can be arranged for an additional fee)
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