Go Wild!

Go Wild! is filled for the 2022 season. Stay tuned for 2023!

Columbia River Field School is still accepting applications if you are still looking for a summer outdoor adventure opportunity. 

Go Wild is back for 2022!  All current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines for youth outdoor activities will be in place.

Trip Dates: July 20-25, 2022

Destination: TBD in the Upper Columbia Region of the East Kootenay

Cost: $750/participant, includes all meals, group gear, and ACMG Hiking Guide and Professional Skier Leah Evans, and ACMG Hiking Guide and wildlife biologist Dave Quinn

For more information please contact Go Wild Coordinator Dave Quinn.

About Go Wild!

Go Wild! challenges youth 14-18 on a six-day wilderness backpacking trips into the spectacular Kootenay backcountry. These trips develop leadership skills, connect participants to our landscape and inspires a love of the mountains to last a lifetime.

Go Wild! isn’t just a backpacking trip: it’s an education in backcountry camping and hiking that teaches the wilderness skills needed to safely plan and enjoy trips in our 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. We also teach mountain ecology, history, conservation and backcountry ethics. Go Wild! opens the door to a lifetime of wilderness adventure.

Read all about 2019’s Go Wild! summer trip.

We would like to thank the Province of BC for their generous funding of Go Wild!

About the 2022 Guides:

Leah Evans is a professional skier who focuses on helping women reach their full potential on skis through Girls Do Ski camps. She’s also CSIA ski instructor with 14 years of freeskiing coaching experience, holds a Canadian Sports Institute performance coaching certificate and CAA operational level 1, certified tail guide, and ACMG hiking guide. Based in Revelstoke, Leah uses her experience in the mountains to inspire others and expand their sense of what’s possible in their lives.

Dave Quinn is a wildlife biologist, ACMG-certified wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and certified teacher based in Kimberley. Besides teaching several Wildsight Education programs, Dave also is the Program Director for Columbia Basin Trust’s Know Your Watershed Program, administered by Wildsight. Dave is in charge of the Go Wild Youth Backpacking adventures. He has a passion for wilderness and wildlife, and works hard to connect the next generation to the world-class wild right here in the Kootenays.


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