Nickofthewoods is partnering up with western Canadas's most elite wilderness instructors for a one-of-a-kind top tier course along the sandy cliffs of the Athabasca River.
Special guest and good friend Mors Kochanski will be joining us during the week. Mors, considered to be the father of modern bushcraft, is one of the most respected wilderness skills and survival instructors in the world. In addition, he is a naturalist and auther of many publications. You won't find a survival school, book, or reputable instructor today who has not been influenced by this humble teacher.
As with all our outdoor programs, we believe that learning new skills and living with the land is empowering and leads to greater confidence in one’s self. An over-dependency on modern tents, stoves, sleeping bags, and gadgets, leaves many outdoor enthusiasts lost and uninformed. So join us and unplug for an unforgettable wilderness experience you won’t find anywhere else!
Trip Overview: The first two days will focus on river paddling skills followed by four days of survival. Participants will have an overnight survival experience using skills learned at base camp.
Location: Apon arrival, participants will travel roughly 90 minutes to the waypoint (Lindas Motor Inn) and then convoy to our base camp location. For the paddle segment of the trip, we will stay at a base camp located on sandy cliffs overlooking the Athabasca River. Then, we will venture deep into the boreal forest which is home to bear, deer, moose, wolf, lynx, and many other creatures. From there, we will set up a bush camp for the remainder of the trip and focus heavily on survival skills.
Prerequisites: Participants must have solid lake-paddling skills and a good grasp of paddle strokes (J-stroke, draws, pry’s, and sweeps.) We insist that this is not a beginner course, but instead, a course designed to take experienced flat water paddlers who wish to transition to rivers and rapids.
Canoe Component: We will have three Nationally Certified Canoe instructors to guide you through two and a half days of Introductory moving water skills beginning at a nearby lake and moving onto the best introductory paddling the Athabasca River has to offer.
Skills covered include:
- River rescue and safety
- Reading rapids and avoiding hazards
- River paddling strokes and challenging maneuvers such as eddy turns and peel-outs
- Front and back ferrying
- S-turns, and playing in rapids.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion for this exciting course.
Survival Component: Your highly trained instructors will guide you through four days of hands on projects and life-saving survival skills. From the safety of our base camp, you will gain real backwoods knowledge while learning to live comfortably in the wilderness. Some of the skills include:
- Shelter building
- Knife, saw and axe skills
- Making improvised tools and gear (containers, pack frames, utensils,
- Making cordage from natural materials
- Procuring safe water
- Orientation with and without map and compass
- Trapping and foraging
- Fire making w/o matches or lighters (including bow drill)
Gear List: A complete gear list and map to our base camp will be sent out to each participant after registration is complete.
For information about your 5 instructors, check out the link below!
Included in this course: All meals, canoes, paddles, pfd’s, and safety equipment. All instruction, materials, supplies, and camping fees. There will be tarp shelters, axes, saws, knives, and rope available at the base-camp for various projects
Not included on this course: Personal gear and transportation (airfare and vehicles) to and from the base camp.
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