Go Wild!

The 2020 Go Wild! program is now open and ready for you to apply!

Student safety is our top priority and we will keep a close watch on the COVID-19 situation going forward. Our decision to run Go Wild! will be based on the most up-to-date information prior to this August’s adventure, and we encourage students to still apply. We’ll review the feasibility of this year’s trip at the beginning of July and will update applicants at that time.

In the Kootenays, we live in an endless playground surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes and trees.

Go Wild! challenges youth 14-18 on a six-day wilderness backpacking trips into the spectacular Kootenay backcountry. Our Go Wild! 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. And Go Wild! isn’t just about practical skills, it also covers mountain ecology, history, conservation and backcountry ethics. Go Wild! opens the door to a lifetime of wilderness adventure.

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

2020 Program

Our 2020 adventure will take students on a six-day backpacking trip into the Bugaboos, with hiking guides Kevin Blades and Leah Evans. The trip runs from August 5-10.

Applications for 2020 Go Wild! open now.

Related documents you need to read over and sign:

Go Wild! photo release

Medical form

Gear list

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