Well to say that this year has been a little bit of an adventure would be a massive understatement!!! This final trip of 2021 had it all-floods causing fuel restrictions, snow shortages causing tubing trip postponement and a last second audible to a new trip, and bus driver shortages almost causing trip cancellation. However, through persistence and parents stepping up in support of the program we were able to make it up Sasquatch mountain on Friday to enjoy an awesome opening day on the hill. The group of 20 skiers and borders were greeted with great early season conditions. While the snow base on the mountain still has a little ways to go, the snow quality was excellent powder making for an awesome day of memories on the hill. This trip left the group excited for the next trip and was an excellent way for the outdoor education program to finish off the year and get momentum heading into 2022. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s an extreme outdoor education student flying through the trees at Wildplay! Students 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. Beautiful December sunshine greeted the group of students who learnt how to properly fit a safety harness, how to 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. All in all lots of smiling faces and pride in terms of accomplishments were seen at the end of the day. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
In classic Outdoor Education Paintball trip fashion the skies were overcast and grey, and the rain reared its ugly head a couple times during the trip. However, that didn’t stop the Outdoor Education students from stealthily creeping through the muddy forest course to enter combat against their opponents. Highlights of the day included Ashton “Let the Paintballs Rain” Gouttin showing up to the trip with a suitcase of paintball terror. Once on the field he did not disappoint eliminating over 30 players from the game during the day proving that if you can see Ashton be afraid, if you can’t see him you’re likely moments away from elimination. The yellow team may have pulled more battle victories, but in the end the blue team was still standing as yellow players ran out of bullets, therefore winning the war! For many this was the first paintball experience of their lives, and given the abundance of smiles throughout the trip I would assume that it won’t be their last!
The second paintball trip took place under sunny skies with nearly 30 participants. This time Mr. Rahe decided to splurge for the sniper attachment, which resulted in a cross field shot on Ava that will live in infamy, and a shot on Tyler as he retreated from the melee. The teams were fairly even and the battlefield was littered with paint. Highlights included Daven making a mad dash for the flag and winning the game for his team and Ashton trying to crawl underneath a tire and finding out that paintballs on the shins don’t feel the best. Kai, an exchange student, may or may not have has someone leave their mark on his Canadian experience (and also his neck). With the excitement in the trenches, and the cries of battle, I’m sure students are already looking forward to the next trip! Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
A trip that was two years in the making finally came to fruition on an overcast day in October. Covid played havoc with river rafting trips last year, cancelling both, and the need to get on the river was evident as 20 students registered for the trip. Students travelled out to Chilliwack River Rafting and then hopped the resort bus to Chipmunk Caves. At this point they donned program helmets and headlamps and traversed their way through two naturally formed caves on the banks of the Chilliwack River. The first cave saw the whole group work their way through a beginner cave, only requiring them to crawl at one point through a semi narrow opening to complete the challenge. The second cave saw students enter cave 3 and gain over 50m of elevation as they wove their way through narrow openings, deprived of all natural light and sound. Following this the students returned to the resort for lunch, and then prepared for their rafting excursion on the Chilliwack River. On the river students split into 4 rafts, and learnt how to paddle as a group, braving the identified hazards associated with whitewater rafting. After many big hits, many laughs at Mr. Rahe falling out of his kayak 7 times, and a visit to a gorgeous waterfall, students successfully navigated Tamihi Rapids without anyone falling out of their rafts. In the end there were tons of smiles, a sense of accomplishment, and great memories made. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
The second extreme outdoor education trip saw students tackle a long hike into Chadsey Lake and then on to the peak of Sumas Mountain. Although the week was mired in unsettled weather conditions this trip took place in pristine conditions as Mr. Rahe’s weather luck came through once again. Before embarking on their trek students learnt the value of trip preparation, particularly as it applies to the 10 essentials. The first part of the hike involved the 5km trek to the lake, where students gained over half of the overall trip elevation. Once at the lake the group experienced a practical lesson on the leave no trace principles, and prepared for the most difficult part of the journey, the intense climb from the lake to the summit of Sumas Mountain. Once again the students demonstrated great resiliency as they conquered the summit, and were treated to one of the most spectacular views in the entire Fraser Valley. Overall the group travelled over 15km in 6 hours, gaining over 1000m of the elevation in the process, increased their capacity, and made lasting memories-not bad for the first real hike of the year. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
The first extreme outdoor education trip for the 2021-2022 school saw students travel out to the Othello Tunnels in Hope. Beautiful Fall weather greeted the class, as they walked through the five Othello tunnels, while learning about the history of the KVR and in particular the challenges of building a railway through a mountain. Following exploration of the tunnels students continued on the wooded path to Kawkawa Lake, absorbing themselves in the beautiful Fall colours. At the Lake they ate lunch, and explored the Physics of wave dynamics, as they attempted to retrieve the red ball from the Lake without getting wet-kudos Atticus mission accomplished!!! Overall this trip was a big thumbs up! Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
The sea was angry that day…it was a mile high if it was a foot. OK I’m old, and I’m sure that no one actually gets that reference, but I will admit I was a little wary of this final extreme trip as the group stood in the middle of a torrential downpour and received their marching orders for the day. However, Jakob and Caelen, munching on their Uber delivered A&W offerings during this monsoon, knew better. The group put out from Deep Cove under the threat of rain, but as soon as the paddles hit the water the weather sorted itself out, and students spent the day paddling in mostly sunshine. Highlights of this trip included paddling on the shores of giant North Shore mansions, seeing harbour seals following the group, having lunch on a secluded point, and playing the paddle game which only got a little out of control. Students learnt paddling and steering techniques for ocean kayaks, and came to understand the serene experience that is travelling in an ocean kayak. The day concluded with Mr. Rahe finding other uses for the bilge pump and teaching Omran (and several others) that it’s never a good to try to ambush the teacher! Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
On a day that threatened to be wet and miserable a group of brave Extreme Outdoor Education students loaded up on the bus and headed out to the local treasure that is Cultus Lake. Normally a zoo filled with an excessive number of boats in the summer months, this work day trip saw calm waters and barely any other people out on the water. The weather even cooperated and students spent the trip basking in sunshine, while they learnt paddling techniques and used these to navigate the Lake. Highlights included students attempting to switch stance while paddling (which resulted in an instructor in the water), backflips from boards into the water, and the end of the paddling portion of the trip where participants left out on the water spent more time in the water than on their boards as their balance was sabotaged by their peers. Overall a great day at the Lake, an awesome introduction for many to the sport or paddle boarding, and smiles abounding throughout the group. Kudos to Main Beach Boat Rentals for their awesome job making the day memorable for the class. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
Another new excursion on the Extreme Outdoor Education calendar this year was this trip to Grouse Mountain to tackle the Grind and complete the high ropes course at the top of the mountain. Successful “grinders” are treated to a panoramic view of the Vancouver skyline, spanning all the way from Coquitlam to the North Shore. This trip was originally booked as a hike coupled with a zip line tour, but Covid delayed the re-opening of the zip lines, and the trip was therefore changed to a hike and completion of the high ropes course at the last minute. However, whatever disappointment students may have had at not being able to complete the zip lines was soon erased as they traversed challenging obstacles and zipped through the tree tops on smaller lines. Highlights included every student making it up Grouse Mountain, the grizzly bear exhibit, snowballs thrown at an unsuspecting teacher (poor guy), and the gondola ride back to the bottom of the mountain. Props go out to these students as when one of the high ropes guides was asked if a lot of groups tackle the Grind and then do high ropes he said he’s never heard of anyone doing it. Clearly, he’s never heard of Mouat Extreme Outdoor Education then!!! Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.
The second day at Jericho Beach this year for Mouat Extreme Outdoor Education provided weather conditions that were even better than the first, and that’s saying a lot because the first day was absolutely gorgeous. The hottest day of the year so far greeted students as they donned wet suits and lifejackets, and embarked on an epic windsurfing voyage. Students learnt how to turn their boards using tacking and jibing methods, and how to manipulate their sails in order to steer. Highlights included Sara Pimente Lange showing her natural talent for the sport, and Kentaro Dennis getting up close and personal with his sail. There was even time for some sandcastle building on the beach and some water volleyball. Looking forward to reading everyone’s blogs, especially as some participants are still feeling the effects of failing to protect themselves from the sun…eek. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.