Girls on Ice Kootenay Expedition team looking for Gear Fairies

Girls on Ice is a tuition-free wilderness science education program for young women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth (ages 16-18).  The team spends 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape in Kokanee Glacier Park through field studies with a professional female wildlife biologist, a glaciologist, artist and mountaineers.  

Each year the program seeks volunteers, known as “Gear Fairies”, not only to introduce the participants to more awesome women, but also to hike up some of the science, mountaineering and art gear up to their basecamp. This involves hiking up a large pack of gear, leaving the gear at their Kaslo lake campsite, and then hiking out with your empty packs. On the way up you will spend a couple of hours paired with a participant, hiking with them, and sharing life stories and inspiration. Seeing a large team of strong women come to support them is a powerful moment for the participants. 

We are seeking people for:

Wednesday August 31st 7:00 am – 6:00pm ish Gear Fairies to hike out gear 

Volunteers must:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Identify as female, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming
  • Be capable of carrying a large (50+ liter) backpack filled with food, camping equipment, and/or science equipment 
  • Possess or be able to borrow a large (50+ liter) backpack 
  • Be able to commit to a full day of hiking 
  • Be keen to get to spend some time hiking with, and getting to know a participant
  • Sign a waiver and get a vulnerable waiver check done (free)

If you are interested please email Judith at ASAP. Thank you.

Wildsight was able to collaborate with Girls on Ice Canada for an expedition in August 2022. Read all about the 2022 Kootenay expedition! Wildsight collaborated…Learn more