Outdoor Survival

Be prepared! Register to learn outdoor survival skills like shelter-building, fire-starting, water purification, signalling and more.


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Wilderness Survivor

Do you think it would be fun to learn how to survive in the wild? Spend 5 days with our experienced instructors and learn hands-on in the Kananaskis area. We’ll learn how to safely build fires and shelters, be bear aware and much more. The last 2 days are spent on a group overnight trip to try out your newly-acquired skills and sleep in a shelter that you built yourself. Required: check equipment list in the event details. Prerequisite: attend pre-trip meeting with a parent to discuss required items and cover meal planning (food is not included). The pre-trip meeting will be held the Tuesday of your camp at 3:30 pm (Spring Wilderness Survivor is on June 9th). Includes: instructor, all group gear, transportation, permit.

Outdoor Survival

Learn how and why emergency situations develop, and how to proactively avoid these situations in the first place. The format is a 1-evening class with a weekend overnight component. We'll cover survival psychology, pre-planning and emergency response, a review of environmental medical emergencies, clothing and equipment considerations, options for shelter-building, fire-starting skills, signalling methods, water purification techniques and the role of nutrition. The course is offered in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of survival equipment for course activities; course manual; Personal Emergency Kit (take home); certified instructor. *Does not include foraging and hunting skills.

Snow Shelter

Family Friendly! Learn how to build a variety of snow shelters as part of your family survival skill set. We'll spend a Saturday out in Kananaskis building quinzees, trench shelters, snow caves, Scottish igloos, shovel igloos and Inuit igloos. You can head home at the end of the day, or sleep over in your creation. There is a pre-trip meeting that covers the details. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, manual, use of snow shelter construction tools and cooking equipment.

Intro to Tracking

Ever wondered how 'Mantracker' tracks his prey? Join us for an introductory course taught by a Search and Rescue expert. This weekend course will be a blend of classroom and outdoor practical field exercises, designed to set you up with the skills you need to be able to detect, read and follow tracks and signs in the backcountry. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, course manual, course completion certificate.