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Overview:

For the hardier outdoor adventurers, this course teaches you to camp comfortably in the winter.

The format of the program will vary based on the site or vendor.

Purpose:

To prepare participants to plan cold-weather overnight outings with confidence and safety. Teaches the special concerns of cold-weather camping and snowshoeing fundamentals.

Topics:

  • how to select and setup winter camping gear,
  • clothing and footwear,
  • winter camping and sledding,
  • water and food requirements in sub-zero temperatures,
  • how to construct quinzees (snow huts), and,
  • how to travel by means of snowshoe. 

Special consideration will be given to the problems faced in sub-zero temperatures, such as hypothermia, food storage, water procurement, travelling in deep snow.

Duration:

  • 4 three-hour evening seminars, or 2 seven-hour Saturday sessions, plus,
  • a weekend backpacking/ snowshoeing trip to a wilderness area near Georgian Bay.

Misc:

Students will plan and carry out a winter camping trip to a remote wilderness site.  Partial outfitting is available. Participants are responsible for their own food and transportation.

 

Site / Vendor Start_Date Classes Outing_days Outing_dates
Moon River 2017-Mar-04 0 2 Mar 4-5
Humber College 2017-Feb-09 5 2 Mar 4-5
TryThat!
(Moon River, Georgian Bay)
2016-Feb-27 0 2 Feb 27-28
Conestoga College 2015-Feb-11 2 2 Feb 28-Mar 1
TryThat!
(Moon River, Georgian Bay)
2015-Mar-01 0 2 2015-Mar-01/02

 

 

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