Tennent Lake Circuit Backcountry Gourmet

Custom Workshops

Have an idea for a workshop? We will work with your budget, dates, and objectives to design you custom learning experiences.
Clients: Alpine Club of Canada, Island Mountain Ramblers, Comox District Mountaineering Club, Private Groups

TRIP PLANNING

Route Planning
• Guidebooks
• Maps
• Local Knowledge

Emergency Preparedness
• Plan
• Communications
• Group safety gear

Environment and Route Condition
• Temperatures, precipitation, daylight, ground cover, vegetation, sun exposure, water availability, wildlife, insects, remoteness, natural hazards
• Strathcona Trail and Area Conditions

Climate Research
• Temperature
• Precipitation
• Humidity, wind, cloud cover
• Historical climate data for a given area

Weather Information
• Windy.com
• Environment Canada
• Mountain Forecast
• SpotWX

Hazards
• Snowfields
• Avalanches
• River crossings
• Flooding
• Lightening

Alternative Plans
• Plan B and C

Lightweight vs Traditional Gear
• The lightweight revolution
Simplification
• Simplify, then add lightness

Multi-Use
• Decreasing your base weight

Weighing Gear
• Know before you go

Gear Lists
• Templates
• Personal
• Group

Appropriate Materials
• Synthetic vs natural

Layering
• Outer
• Insulation
• Base

Footwear
• Shoes vs boots
• Socks
• Gaiters

Organizing Gear
• Packing
• Stuff sacks

Backpacks
• Fitting
• Load distribution

Sleeping
• Shelters
• Tents
• Tarps
• Bags
• Pads

Trekking Poles
• Advantages
• Disadvantages

Nourishment
• Menu planning
• Breakfast and dinner menus
• Daytime snack recommendations

Electrolytes
• Common electrolytes

Hydration
• Drinking when thirsty
• Over-hydration

Water Quality and Purification
• Sources
• Tablets
• Gravity filters
• Pumps

Hygiene
• Washing
• Hand sanitizer
• Wipes
• Waste disposal

First Aid
• Philosophy
• Supplies

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION

Route Planning
• Objectives
• Hazards
• Alternative plans

Map Basics
• Types of maps
• Scale
• Legends
• Colour codes
• Contour lines
• Terrain features
• Grid references
• Coordinate systems

Compass Basics
• Parts
• Declination
• Bearings

Route Finding
• Terrain management
• Macro-terrain vs micro-terrain
• On-trail vs off-trail
• Avoiding hazards

Navigation with Map and Compass
• Using a map in the field
• Recognizing terrain features
• Determining position
• Operating a compass
• Taking a bearing in the field

Additional Navigation Tools
• Altimeter
• GPS
• Smartphone apps

Advanced Route Planning
• Digital mapping tools
• CalTopo
• Google Earth Pro
• Geospatial PDFs
• Super overlays
• Plotting markers and lines
• Route cards

Advanced Navigation Techniques
• Advanced compass operation
• Intermediate objectives
• Back bearings
• Navigating around obstacles
• Advanced GPS operation
• Whiteout and nighttime navigation
• Natural navigator