Length: Five days (four nights) Difficulty Level: Moderate Dates: Updating
Day 1: Arrive at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre by After preliminary introductions with staff and facilitators, a hot evening meal will be served in the main lodge. After dinner, we will discuss more about the coming nature-based experiences, and then the evening is yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre.
Day 2: After breakfast, we will gather at the CrossRiver yurt for a general and basic introduction to wilderness skills. After answering any questions that may arise, we will spend a good portion of the day building various kinds of wilderness shelters. Various techniques and tips will be discussed, including: weather considerations; knots; woods; and ground padding. We will take lunch in the main lodge and head back out to practice our new skills. We will have some personal time to relax later in the afternoon, and regroup back at the main lodge for around to wash-up before dinner. After dinner there may be an opportunity to gather around a campfire for some stories and camaraderie about mountain life.
Day 3: Today, we spend our time back out around the yurt, this time building fires. Again, various kinds of techniques will be discussed, including: weather considerations; woods; tinder; kindling; and cutting. We will take lunch in the main lodge and head back out to practice our new skills. We will have some personal time to relax later in the afternoon, and regroup back at the main lodge for around to wash-up before dinner. The evening is yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre, whether alone with a book, around the campfire, or in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub.
Day 4: After an early breakfast, we gather up our day packs and head out for a full-day hike along the river valleys of two nearby rivers. We will have lots of time to explore along the shores and adjacent forest for myriad plant and wildflowers, that can be used as food and medicine—the final component of our basic wilderness skills learning experience. Various techniques will be discussed regarding plant foods, including: identification; harvesting; and preparing. We will take lunch on the trail, which will begin our afternoon of practicing our new skills in basic edible plant food preparation. We will gradually make our way back to the Wilderness Centre grounds where participants can choose to prepare for an evening out in their own shelter, with their own fire, even with their own food, in order to experience first-hand a wilderness skills situation.
Day 5: After regrouping early at the main lodge, debriefing any participant overnight experiences, and one final breakfast together, we part ways until next time.
Price: Cabins - $ Updating CAD, per person Teepees - $ Updating CAD, per person
Price includes: certified guides and experienced facilitators; all main lodge meals; all activity costs; all taxes; all necessary permits; three nights Wilderness Centre accommodation, based on double occupancy; and trailhead transportation. Group and family discounts are available.