Open up new terrain, and be ready for emergencies
Some of the best ski objectives don’t have huts. The 6-Pass Traverse in Jasper, Akshayuk Pass on Baffin Island, the Columbia Icefield, one of the Grand Rockies traverses, or the Bugs to Rogers traverse…if any of these are on your bucket list, you’re going to be spending some time overnight in a tent.
Whether it’s to learn to survive an unexpected night out or to get the skills for a big ski traverse, learning how to set up camp in the winter is an essential backcountry skill that many people are lacking. In the winter, the days are shorter and the nights are longer. A minor injury or mishap on a backcountry ski trip can quickly turn into an epic. Having the skills to build a shelter and stay warm can literally be the difference between life and death for yourself or for your group. On this course, you’ll learn about gear systems and packing for winter camping. This course will also cover the basics of emergency shelters, how to build and maintain a fire in cold conditions, and what emergency gear is essential to have in your pack to easily improvise a shelter and keep yourself warm.
If it’s your first time overnight in the winter, our experienced instructor will help guide you through the process of setting up camp. Cooking in the winter can also be a challenge, and organization definitely makes a difference. Depending on snow conditions, you’ll practise building an emergency shelter, set up a kitchen and sleeping area, discuss how to use snow structures to protect your kitchen and common area, and pick up as many tips and tricks as you can while having a safe and comfortable first winter camping experience.