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All Women’s Introduction to Backpacking Retreat

The heart of Skala Adventures is truly adding a deeper value to our experience. Not only we learn the hard skills, such as cooking or even baking Delicious meals, or learning practical survival skills, we Go Deeper by Slowing Down. By adding various personal development activities and allowing time to reflect, we hope to explore what’s ahead – to lean into our strengths, hopes, passions, and ultimately our purpose.

If you are looking to reset during these “interesting” times, treat yourself to a journey with us. We invite you slow down, look at life from a new perspective, shake off uncertainty in your life and find an opportunity to ground yourself.

Our goal for the next few days is to learn the basics of backpacking in any wilderness setting you choose in future. A small group size will offer a safe learning environment to cover what it means to be safe while traveling in the backcountry – Leave No Trace principles, thermoregulation, navigation techniques, risk management/animal safety, backcountry meals or overnight gear…

Tentative 2020 Dates:

September 6-8 (meet – the evening of the 8th)

Location: Peter Laugheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Investment:

$390 CAD / 2 days/1 night

What’s Included:

  • certified wilderness guide
  • backcountry camping permit for all days
  • group gear: tents, cooking gear, filtration system, group first aid kit, bear spray, water treatment
  • variety of hearty and delicious meals, group dinner on day 1 – lunch on day 3
  • pre-trip support to help you be prepared for your wilderness journey
  • backcountry travel ethics and wilderness safety education
  • reflection time of contemplative/personal development activities supporting your experience / group debrief sessions
  • accommodation Day 0 at a local ranch house – tenting day 1-2

What’s not included:

  • transportation to Canmore – trailhead transportation will be arranged by carpooling together
  • supper on the last day
  • personal gear – please let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to arrange a gear rental for you
  • personal expenses/air fares
  • travel insurance
  • tips – much appreciated 😉

Itinerary:

Day 0 – meeting at 5PM in Canmore, and going over our equipment in order to see if we have all necessary gear for our adventure; learn how to pack your backpack for the next few days, getting rid of unnecessary stuff and keeping the layers to keep warm and dry; camping at the property. Bonding time.

Day 1 – wake up, breakfast, carpooling to Kananaskis Country. Today’s hike is short, but it will allow us to cover and refresh the basics of safe and fun backcountry travel (including animal safety), map reading, camp set-up / campsite living basics. Exploration and reflection activity keep us active today, delicious meal awaits in the evening.

Day 2 of 2  – after a hearty breakfast and reflection, we head back to our vehicles in the afternoon.

Day 2 of 3 –  a day of exploring, reflection, learning new skills.

Day 3 – after a yummy breakfast and reflection, we head back to our vehicles in the afternoon.


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