DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (SEPT 23)
PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION
For newer hikers and those who want to upgrade their skills, our foundational full day course Hiking with Confidence empowers you to learn all about hiking safely and responsibly while in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community.
Backcountry Women is here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can build towards being be the most prepared, safe, self sufficient and confident hiker you can be. Our course is being delivered directly by Backcountry Women's Founder (Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader) and members of our Advocate team! We are excited to offer this course to be able to share our wealth of hiking and backcountry experience with everyone.
This course will dive into topics including preparedness, planning, safety, goals and motivations, gear choices and selection, as well as provide our own tips and tricks. It provides the opportunity for engaging discussions where participants can share their personal experiences. We provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities (such as basic map use, fire building, water purification, shelter set up; note topics covered are based on available timeframe). Expect to go on a short hike as part of the learning experience.
Please read on for full details!
Time & location:
- The course begins in the morning (read below about staggered start times) and the duration is approximately 8 hours, but need this time to be flexible in order to cover course content. Anticipate the end time to be approximately by 6pm however, please note this time is very unpredictable (due to weather, group dynamics, and other factors).
- We anticipate that the "Backpacking group" will start at 8:30 am (this applies to anyone who signed up for one of our Backpacking courses earlier this year). We are combining Hiking and Backpacking courses into one day and are planning staggered start times. Allow extra time if you're in the Backpacking group.
- We anticipate that the remaining participants will start at 10:00 am.
Further instructions, time confirmation and important information will be emailed out to participants. Check your confirmation and reminder emails.
Participant Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (as applicable to course location). Students must be able to hike comfortably for a short distance at a moderate pace with a 15-20lb pack. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
What is Provided: Students receive a pre-course email with a packing list to prepare you for the day, and any other relevant details. We also provide our Guidebook! Your course instructors includes an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader (with Hiking, Winter, Paddling, and Overnight certifications). For course demonstrations and education purposes we use a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc).
We look forward to seeing you at our course!
Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.
This event allows cancellation no less than 12 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.