Watt Creek Hike October 15, 2020

The fourth hike of the year saw students travel out to Cultus Lake in Chilliwack to hike the Watt Creek Horse trail. This trip was the first point to point hike that students have completed this year. While the original trip was planned for just over 8km, detours to Seven Sisters, as well as Teapot Hill, pushed the length of this trip to over 12km. While not as strenuous as earlier trips, students experienced how a trail through the forest can feel like another world, even though the trail itself never meanders farther than 1 km from the road at any given time. Highlights of the trip included Karol taking his first turn as sweep, pushing the pace of those at the back of the pack, as well as the difficult descent on the back side of Teapot Hill where students tested their mountaineering skills! Students discussed how to pack their packs for a daytrip, as well as what alterations need to be made for a multi day backpacking trip. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Paintballing-Millionaire Paintball October 6, 2020

Some use brushes, some rollers, but in Outdoor Education we create our art with paintball guns! Over 25 students descended on Miilionaire Paintball in Abbotsford to experience the thrilling sport of paintball. Some left with victories, some left with bruises, but all left with lasting memories. Mr. Rahe is just getting over the welts that were inflicted on him by opponents and teammates alike… Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Taggart Peak Hike October 1, 2020

The third hike of the year proved to be the longest one to date at a whopping 10.9km roundtrip (though Rahe’s smartwatch clocked it at over 12km!!!) This trip was a good challenge as the students had to first grind their way through one of the most popular local hikes-The Abby Grind!  After enjoying the reward of an awesome view at the top of the Grind, the group continued on to Taggart Peak, a much less well travelled section of trail. Highlights of the trip included Aman carrying two bags so his buddy Inder could complete the trek, and the entire group overcoming tired legs and bodies to summit Taggart Peak, a challenging hike through difficult terrain. Students discussed the importance of food choices for backpacking trips, and some learnt that long hikes require extra water (cough…Kentaro…cough). Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Chadsey Lake and Sumas Mountain Hike September 24, 2020

The second trip saw students drive part of the way up Sumas Mountain to the upper parking lot. While the weather throughout the day was unsettled, the skies cleared and the majority of this hike was completed in sunshine. From here the students hiked into Chadsey Lake and then summitted Sumas Mountain. A difficult ascent resulted in a fantastic reward as the clouds cleared and students were able to view the Eastern expanse of the Fraser Valley. Students learnt about backpacking clothing choices and trail travel. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

McKee Peak Hiking September 22, 2020

The first trip of the year had to be rescheduled due to wildfire smoke. However, when it finally took place the group hiked from Lower Sumas Mountain Park and summitted McKee Peak. Hikers were treated to great views, and chips and pop at the top of the mountain-who brings that hiking anyways?!? Students learnt about trail travel, map reading, as well as the 10 Essentials. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Fishing March 10, 2020

For the first time in program history students voted to include a fishing trip as part of the Extreme Outdoor Education calendar. This choice was well rewarded as students spent the day at the Fraser Valley Fish Hatchery learning about fish identification, how to set up their lures, and how to cast. Almost everyone was able to land a fish, and Anhad’s excitement during his first ever fishing experience will be remembered for a long time. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skiing/Snowboard Trip 3-Mount Seymour March 12, 2020

While the cancellation of the much anticipated weekend ski/snowboard trip probably left a lot of people feeling out in the cold, the second trip to Mount Seymour was a memorable success. As what likely will be, due to the Coronovirus, the last Extreme trip of this school year, students got to get outside and experience the fresh mountain air one last time. Spring skiing conditions proved for fast runs, and students spent the day carving up the empty slopes as they looked forward to their impending spring break! Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skiing/Snowboard Trip 1-Mount Seymour March 5, 2020

I realize that this is actually the second ski/snowboard trip of the year but it gets the honor of being number 1 since it was actually a reschedule of a December trip. A mudslide sent shockwaves through the Extreme Outdoor Education program as trips to Sasquatch were cancelled for the rest of the year. However, when Extreme Outdoor Education encounters an obstacle, like the mighty river it finds a way. When one door closes, a window opens, and the first ski/snowboard trip to Mount Seymour went great with a little fog, a lot of International students, and great snow conditions. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Cross Country Skiing-Cypress Mountain February 21, 2020

A brand new trip this year on the Extreme Outdoor Ed calendar was this cross country ski trip to Cypress Mountain. Students learnt classic cross country skiing technique, as well as how to safely navigate up and down the trails. Highlights included taking a wrong turn and ending up on a black diamond rated trail, and learning that cross country skis, though similar to regular skis, offer a whole new challenge and world of possibilities. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Leadership Snowshoeing/Tubing-Mt. Seymour January 17, 2020

The Snowshoe/tubing trip this year took on a different look as for the first time ever Mouat students were joined by Chief Dan George and Howe Middle students. Members of the Mouat Outdoor Education program spent the day leading small groups, and sharing their experiences in the program. Overall the trip was a smashing success, as Moua leaders lived up to the challenge presented to them. Students spent the morning experiencing snowshoeing on the Mt. Seymour trails, completing challenges in their small groups. The afternoon was spent bombing down tube runs in pristine conditions! Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below. Leaders please discuss the experience. What did you learn? What could be done differently next time?