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 3, 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.

Rockclimbing-Project Climbing Centre November 24, 2020

This trip to Project Climbing Center in Abbotsford saw students challenge themselves on various routes, bouldering and climbing on belay. The students were instructed in the use of the GriGri belay system, and then had the opportunity to belay their classmates and teacher under supervision of Project climbing staff.  Highlights included Jessica ringing the bell, and Karol almost ringing Mr. Rahe’s bell!  Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Wildplay High Ropes Course November 19, 2020

The weather looked dicey at the start of the day, but by the time the group arrived at Wildplay the rain held off and even a little sunshine poked through. Students were challenged to brave new heights while completing physical challenges on a high ropes course. Highlights included zip lining from the tree tops, traversing rickety bridges, and several students taking the challenge to the next level by completing the Extreme course 40 feet in the air, some completing it multiple times! Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Horseback Riding November 5, 2020

On a overcast afternoon in November a small group of Extreme Outdoor Education students travelled to Langley’s 204 Horseback riding for what proved to be the ‘mane’ event of the Outdoor Education year to this point. After a little bit of ‘horsing’ around the students were ‘saddled’ with the task of trying to ride a horse. Instead of ‘hoofing’ it through the park, students were able to learn horse riding skills and participate in a trail ride through Campbell Valley. While some needed to ‘rein’ it in a bit, no one was actually looking to ‘stirrup’ any trouble. Everyone came out of the trip emotionally ‘stable’ and likely looking forward to ‘getting back on the horse’ again! BOOM! Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

THE BIG ONE Hike October 23, 2020

The last hike of the Fall saw six brave Outdoor Education students tackle a very difficult traverse up Elk Mountain, Mount Thurston and Gloria Peak. Starting at the base of Elk at 9am, students ascended over 1600m in elevation over the course of 10 hours to finish the hike at 645pm in the Chilliwack Community Forest. The snowy conditions made for a beautiful hike through the forest, but also added another layer of difficulty as students had to trudge through 6 inches of snow. Overall the students displayed great determination and resiliency to complete the hike, and learnt that with proper preparation even a difficult challenge can be overcome.   Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

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, 27 2020

Some use brushes, some rollers, but in Outdoor Education we create our art with paintball guns! The first trip on October 6th saw 25 students take part, while the second trip on October 27 saw 16 students descend on Millionaire 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.