Canoe/Kayak-Whonnock Lake April 8, 2021

The first water trip of the year saw students head out to Whonnock Lake in Maple Ridge. Students were split into two groups with one group trying out single person kayaks, and the other group learning paddling techniques in 2 person canoes. After a short break for lunch the groups switched activities and got to experience the other discipline. Highlights from the trip included paddling near an active beaver dam, paddling through marshy trails, racing other students on the paddling course, avoiding pirates on the water, and Marcus getting a little closer to the water than he wanted to. All in all the students got a chance to disconnect from daily life for a day, learn some paddling techniques and basic water safety, and experience a beautiful natural setting, even though Jakob’s pirate music was very annoying. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Snowshoeing-Sasquatch March 11, 2021

The last trip up the hill during 2021 saw Mouat Extreme Outdoor education take their new snowshoes for a test drive (thanks Mouat PAC!!!) The brave adventurers rode the blue chair to the top of the hill, and then traversed along the ridgeline all the way to the green chair. Along the way Sasquatch’s main man, Kuba guide extraordinaire, led the excursion and taught the students about avalanche awareness, safety, and control. The students did a little offroading on steep terrain and deep snow, as they travelled through lush forest and frozen creek bed all the way from the top to the bottom of the mountain. The afternoon was spent completing the much easier base loop, learning about and digging snow shelters, and enjoying a little well deserved hot chocolate (the verdict is still out on whether it is better made with regular water or gatorade…) Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Skiing/Snowboarding #5-Sasquatch March 5, 2021

The last ski/snowboard trip of the season proved to be a true test of the mettle of the group as students endured harsh, wet conditions mixed with gale-force winds at the top of the mountain. Adding to the fun was the fact that the high winds shut down the green chair for the day, and the yellow chair was down for maintenance in the morning. However, in the afternoon the weather improved substantially, the winds died down a little, and the yellow chair opened up allowing night skiing for the group. The end result was a great afternoon of riding as Mouat students successfully sought out fresh powder, and improved their skills across the board. Mr. Rahe even managed to summon the courage to ride the box in the terrain park, and successfully managed to not kill himself doing it (though the dismount was a little rough). Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Skiing/Snowboarding #4-Sasquatch February 26, 2021

The groups just keep getting larger and larger! This time a record 35 Mouat students ventured up to Sasquatch Mountain for the fifth ski/snowboard trip of the year. While there wasn’t as much fresh snow as on previous trips, the snow conditions were quite good given how late it is getting in the season. The trip ran much more smoothly this week and students were able to maximize their time on the slopes as a result. Highlights included introducing several new students to the great sport of snowboarding, and getting several Outdoor Ed students up on the mountain for the first time in their lives. It has been great to see the growing confidence that many students are gaining over the course of several ski trips, particularly those who are overcoming their fears and expanding their abilities. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Skiing/Snowboarding #6-Sasquatch February 19, 2021

Another large group of 30 Mouat outdoor education students ventured up to Sasquatch Mountain for the fourth ski/snowboard trip of the year. An already large snow base was supplemented by 22cm of fresh powder, making for amazing snow conditions on the hill. While the trip started a little rough with traction issues for the bus, as well as mountain organizational issues that delayed the start of the day for several students, in the afternoon the weather cleared up, and amazing experiences ensued. Everyone left with smiles proving the old adage that good things truly do come to those who wait. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.

Skiing/Snowboarding #3-Sasquatch January 15, 2021

The largest contingent of Mouat students in Mr. Rahe’s tenure as Outdoor Education teacher signed up for this trip to Sasquatch. While every day on the mountain is good, not all are created equal. Such was the case with this trip which saw decent snow conditions and beautiful weather. The experience of the attendees ranged from brand new to quite advanced, and the day saw everyone find a challenge for themselves on the mountain. Highlights included Jada “kamikaze” Lobban bombing down the slopes, Tyler “air mail” Renzmann clearing the box, and a beautiful sunset which ushered the way for a little night skiing before the bus pick up. Even Mr. Rahe got a quick tutorial in snowboarding proving that you’re never too old to learn something new! Everyone left with smiles from another gorgeous day on the mountain. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Snowshoe/tubing-Mt. Seymour January 8, 2021

The snowshoe/tubing trip looked to be in jeopardy as a serious car accident on the highway delayed students arrival on the mountain. However, everything worked out and students spent the day learning winter survival skills, while trekking through deep snow off the groomed snowshoe trails. Morning highlights included Karanveer spending more time in the snow than on it, and students digging snow caves to learn how to protect themselves against the elements. The afternoon saw students tube on a newly opened tube park, and enjoy a break in the clouds that resulted in a breathtaking sunset over the city.  Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skiing/Snowboarding #2-Sasquatch January 6, 2021

The second ski trip of the Extreme Outdoor Education season, initially scheduled for Dec 18, left students disappointed when it had to be rescheduled due to the bus driver falling ill. However, as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and students were treated to beautiful weather and fresh powder. Highlights included Rahe bombing down a powdery blue run and then having to wait for Hobbs and Thiessen, and some new grade 9 outdoor education students who experienced the mountain for the first time. Everyone left with smiles from another gorgeous day on the mountain. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skiing/Snowboarding #1-Sasquatch December 16, 2020

The first ski/snowboard trip of the season saw Extreme Outdoor Education students finally get on the mountain in December for the first time in Mr. Rahe’s career. While the temperature was a little warmer than desirable, the strong early season snowpack resulted in good Spring riding conditions. Highlights included Hobbs equipment falling apart on his first run, and the epic hunt for Keira’s cell phone in deep powder, which thankfully ended happily ever after. The sparsely populated mountain resulted in lots of opportunities to find untouched powder, and everyone left happy and healthy and already looking forward to their next trip. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Scuba Diving December 9, 2020

This trip took students to a whole new world!!! Well maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration as students spent their time learning to scuba dive at MRC, but it definitely opened their eyes to a brand new experience. Students learnt about various pieces of dive equipment, and important safety considerations when it comes to using their safety equipment and regulating pressure while underwater. It’s amazing how using scuba diving equipment can open up a whole new world of experiences, even in something as mundane as a public pool!  Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.