Adventure deep into the wilderness this summer on Go Wild!, a 6-day youth wilderness adventure into the Kootenay backcountry. On these trips, youth aged 14-18 develop leadership skills, connect to the landscape and inspire a love of mountains to last a lifetime.
Go Wild! isn’t just a backpacking trip: it’s an education in backcountry camping and hiking that teaches wilderness skills needed to safely plan and enjoy trips in the mountains. Starting a fire, reading a topographic map, planning a route without relying on trails, setting up camp, managing a heavy pack, cooking on a camp stove, planning and packing backcountry meals, staying safe around wildlife and more will be covered. Go Wild also covers mountain ecology, history, conservation and backcountry ethics. Go Wild opens the door to a lifetime of wilderness adventure.
Go Wild: July 20-25, 2019
The location of this year’s trip is still to be announced, but will be in the East Kootenay region. Previous trips have gone to the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, Height of the Rockies, Elk Lakes, Top of the World, Hornaday Wilderness and more. See for yourself what a trip is like in this short video here or read past participant blogs on the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy trip or the Hornaday Wilderness trip. Wildsight would like to thank the Province of BC for their support of Go Wild! in 2019.
The cost for the trip is $500, including tents, stoves and all trip meals (participants provide their own trail snacks). We have gear (backpacks, sleeping bags, rain gear, etc.) available to lend upon request and a limited number of bursaries available. While participants must be able to demonstrate a base fitness level sufficient for the trip, we strongly encourage participation from those with little or no backcountry experience.
Apply early – these trips fill up fast! Apply here.
Summer 2019 Guides
Go Wild! 2019 will be led by hiking guides Dave Quinn and Leah Evans. Both Dave and Leah are certified hiking guides through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).