Overnight Ski/Snowboard Trip-Manning Park March 3-5, 2023

For the second time in Mr. Rahe’s tenure with the outdoor education program, and the first time since the onset of Covid, the Mouat Outdoor Education program once again ventured to do a multi-day ski/snowboard trip to a local mountain. On Friday a combination of 30 Mouat and District International students hopped on a charter destined for Manning Park Resort. After dropping off their overnight bags and food at the lodge the group travelled up the mountain to find what were some of the best riding conditions of the season. The overnight 10cm dump led to a plethora of powder on the mountain and the group relished the opportunity to carve it up in mild temperatures. The evening brought with it swimming, saunas, hot tubs, and games as the group split their time between their cabins and the many amenities that Manning Park Resort has to offer. While the second day did not bring more snow the groomed conditions and good weather were once again welcomed by the group. I myself learnt that while it is much easier snowboarding with two good eyes I was able to manage with only one and joined in on the festivities. Memories were made, laughter was shared, and some International students learned a little bit of responsibility along the way. They were also pretty thrilled that Fernando Alonso placed on the podium in the first F1 race of the season! Overall the small hiccups were manageable and the first overnight trip in years was a success! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

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Ski/Snowboard #4-Manning Park February 22, 2023

Another ski/snowboard trip to Manning Park and another day with excellent riding conditions on the mountain. The sub zero temperatures did not deter the nearly 80 brave adventurers who rode 2 charter busses to get to the Manning Park Resort. While I got to attend this trip with the group I was forced to stay in the lodge as apparently boarding with only half your vision is not recommended. Definitely not something I want to do again… However, after braving a very cold morning, with an added wind chill to boot, the Mouat group finished the trip with afternoon sunshine, smiles on their faces and memories made to take back down the mountain with them. A big shout out to some new chaperones who helped keep the group safe on the mountain, and to the students on this trip who made things very easy to manage with their respect and positive decision making. Already looking forward to the multi-day in a couple of weeks! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Ski/Snowboard #3-Manning Park February 8, 2023

You know that feeling you get the day before a big ski/snowboard trip where you’re driving through the rain and just thinking about how much fresh powder the mountain will have tomorrow? Then, you realize that you have just had eye surgery and won’t be accompanying the group on that velvety awesomeness…:( While I was personally disappointed in missing out on an awesome day on the mountain, I was super pumped for all of you to experience some epic conditions! A huge shout out to Mr. Loewen and Ms. Zemp who filled in for me in awesome fashion. Also, another big welcome to Hansen who once again joined our program for an awesome day on the hill. I am definitely resting up and hoping to be able to be healed and ready for the next trip! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Snowshoe/Tubing-Manning Park January 19, 2023

This trip was another first for the Mouat Outdoor Education program as we decided to move our snowshoe and tubing trip to Manning Park. For the snowshoe portion the group experienced a guided snowshoe trek around the 4.9km Lightning Lake loop, learning about various aspects of the Manning Park ecosystem, identification of animal prints and the sport of snowshoeing. Students were treated to stunning views of the lake and surrounding snow covered peaks as they traversed one of the many great hiking/snowshoe trails that the park has to offer. After a short bus ride up the mountain the group tackled the tubing portion of the trip on the Manning Park Polar Coaster. Unlike tubing runs at other local mountains the Coaster is unique in that each of its runs employ a turn at the halfway point. This results in high velocity at the start coupled with a long run out at the end. This activity was definitely the highlight of the trip as many students spent all 3 hours on the runs without a break. Highlights included the multiple double tube runs, as well as the multitude of races that took place throughout the day. The laughter and smiles abounded and this will definitely be something that will stay on the schedule for years to come! Thanks to the 3 new supervisors who joined us on the trip! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Ski/Snowboard #2-Manning Park January 6, 2023

Another ski trip to Manning Park and another bluebird day on the mountain! For the first time in Mr. Rahe’s tenure with the Outdoor Education program two charter busses were used to transport a record 86 students up the mountain! While some slight issues arose with students incorrectly categorizing themselves to avoid lessons, the majority of the trip went smoothly with students able to enjoy good riding conditions and mild temperatures. A reminder for future trips that anyone unable to ride a blue square in control, or those with less than 5 days of experience on the mountain, are required to take a lesson. At the end of the day the biggest lesson to take away from this trip is that everyone, regardless of level, has room for improvement so everyone should error on the side of caution when making the decision whether or not to sign up for a lesson. At the end this process is there to ensure safety and enjoyment for all participants. A big thank you to the several volunteers who stepped up to chaperone this trip-we hope to see you involved in more upcoming trips! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Ski/Snowboard #1-Manning Park December 14, 2022

For the second year in a row the Mouat outdoor education program attempted to run an early season ski/snowboard trip to Sasquatch Mountain and for the second year in a row the best laid plans were derailed at the last second. However, Sasquatch’s loss was Manning Park’s gain as the trip was audibled with less than a week to spare and a record 50 students were able to get on the mountain before the Christmas break! While the snowfall amount was less than ideal the program basically had the mountain to ourselves, and the bluebird day combined with mild temperatures left everyone with nothing but positives at the conclusion of the trip. A big shout out to the Manning Park staff for making things work at the last minute-I know people are already looking forward to the next trip! Highlights included seeing the program welcome back a graduate as a trip chaperone and having Rick Hansen’s new outdoor education program join in with Mouat once again! We look forward to sharing more adventures in the upcoming year with you and wish your program the best of luck as you start to lay the foundations to create awesome memories of your own! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Rockclimbing-Project Climbing Centre December 7, 2022

After over a month away from the program due to a detached retina this trip marked the first trip back for Mr. Rahe. This trip to Project Climbing Center in Abbotsford saw over 30 students challenge themselves on various routes, bouldering and climbing on belay. Highlights of this trip included the numerous races up the race wall between students, and students challenging themselves on the wave wall to reach the top. Thanks again to the great staff at Project Climbing who instructed the students on proper climbing techniques, explained the difficulty level of different marked wall climbs, and allowed the students to push their limits in a safe but challenging way! Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Wildplay-Maple Ridge November 25, 2022

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s an extreme outdoor education student flying through the trees at Wildplay! While the weather for this trip wasn’t ideal that didn’t stop the Mouat outdoor education students who spent the day overcoming their fears as they traversed three progressively more challenging high ropes courses, which became higher and more difficult with each level. The most adventurous ones in the group even decided to tackle the extreme course, completing challenges over 60 feet above the ground. Students learnt how to properly fit a safety harness, navigate physical challenges while attached to a safety line, and how to push themselves out of their comfort zone to be able to complete the course. Props once again to Mr. Loewen who stepped up for a third time during Mr. Rahe’s absence to keep the program moving along. Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.

River Rafting-Chilliwack River Rafting November 9, 2022

Another memorable trip on the outdoor education calendar is the bi-annual trip to Chilliwack River Rafting for some epic whitewater adventures on the Chilliwack River. Once again Mr. Loewen needed to step in for the injured Mr. Rahe who, though on the mend, was still not in any condition to rejoin the program. The change in leadership changed the dynamics of the trip slightly as the trip no longer included hiking, caving, or an overnight camp. However, students were treated to a visit to the fish hatchery where they learned about the importance of the river and what part they can play in sustainability. Furthermore, while a November river trip is quite late in the season the date worked perfectly as low Fall water levels would have resulted in a much more limited trip for the students had it been any earlier-again, things seem to just work out for the Mouat outdoor education program. The only downside that came from this trip was Mr. Loewen hitting a branch with his melon while on the river while guiding his raft from harm. Thanks again Loewen for going above and beyond for the program! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Paintball-Millionaire Paintball Nov 3, 2022

For the first time since Mr. Rahe took over the program a trip took place that he did not attend. While still mired in the fallout from his detached retina, and spending his days watching hours of tv while lying on the couch, Mr. Rahe looked to Mr. Loewen to retake the program reins and keep the program afloat. Loewen answered the call in stunning fashion and went above and beyond the call of duty to get students out on this paintball trip. The result was over 40 students finding their inner Picasso and learning that everyone can be a great artist given the right motivation. Always an enjoyable day on the field at Millionaire and tons of memories for the students! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.