Backpacking the Chilliwack River Valley October 24-26, 2019

A last minute change in plans due to cold weather and hungry bears resulted in students backpacking into Greendrop Lake, and then completing a day trip into Flora Lake, all in the Chilliwack River Valley. The weather was as unpredictable as the terrain, but smiles abounded as students experienced this diverse landscape. Highlights included students finding common ground in their respect for body odours, and students learning through the shock of cold water that animals eat protein bars that are left out for days. Extreme Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Greendrop Hike and Swim June 7, 2019

The final Comm Rec trip of the year saw students complete a 12km round trip day hike to Greendrop Lake in the Chilliwack River Valley. While the weather was unpredictable, students learnt appreciation for the natural beauty that exists right at their doorstep, while at the same time learning trail travel, safety, and personal responsibility for the environment. The reward was taking in breathtaking views, and seeing the pristine waters of Greendrop! Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Sailing/Canoeing at Jericho Beach May 30, 2019

Another new addition to the Comm Rec calendar was this day trip to Jericho Sailing club at Jericho Beach in Vancouver. After a morning of canoeing around English Bay, students were instructed in the fine art of sailing, and then, in partners, guided through the winds of English Bay, learning to tack and jibe, and even recover from capsizing for the bravest of the group. For those that attended this was definitely an experience they won’t soon forget. Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

River Rafting/Kayaking May 16-17, 2019

The students on the Spring river trip also experienced a little rain, but since students were paddling on a river none of that mattered. On this trip students hiked Lindeman Lake, camped out at Chilliwack River Rafting Resort, were led on an exciting caving experience with Mr. Loewen, and experienced pristine water conditions as they rafted down the Chilliwack River. Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

A Taste of the Stein May 9-12, 2019

The second major hiking trip of the year saw students experience beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery as they hiked through the Stein River Valley. Highlights of the trip included connecting with the aboriginal history of the area, through pictographs which have lasted for thousands of years, and sleeping under a star-filled sky. Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Wildplay High Ropes Course May 6, 2019

Another new addition to the Comm Rec calendar saw 20 students brave new heights while completing physical challenges on the Wildplay high ropes course. Highlights were definitely zip lining from the tree tops, and traversing rickety bridges with eyes closed. Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Paintballing-Millionaire Paintball April 11, 15 2019

Number were high, tactics were devious, and accuracy was paramount! Good times for all at Millionaire Paintball. Some use brushes, some rollers, but in Comm Rec we create our art with paintball guns! Some Brazilian students learned that if you can see Mr. Rahe, he can see you. If you can’t see Mr. Rahe, you may be seconds away from elimination… Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skills Night-Tamihi Rapids April 5-6, 2019

The second skills night of the year once again saw about 25 people brave the questionable weather to experience Skills Night. Students spent the night practicing outdoor skills such as setting up tents, fire-starting, water treatment, and cooking over burners. Highlights of the trip included Karl learning that large totes and hiking don’t mix, telling ghost stories around the campfire, and Mr. Jenks teaching the class how peculiar smells can be used to track people in the wilderness. Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skiing/Snowboard Trip 4-Sasquatch Mountain March 14, 2019

A last minute decision to add another ski/snowboard trip before the end of the season turned out to be pure genius as this trip was easily the best attended ski/snowboard trip of the year! 27 students enjoyed excellent Spring skiing conditions, warm temperatures, and the odd glimpse of sunshine peeking through the clouds. Smiles abounded as students worked to develop their riding skills in pristine conditions. Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.

Skiing/Snowboard Overnight Trip-Sasquatch Mountain March 1-3, 2019

A group of 15 brave students decided that they liked the mountain enough to spend an entire weekend on it. The weather was once again picturesque, and all students pushed their limits and left the mountain much more confident than when they started.
Some highlights included Karol getting a free snowmobile ride down the mountain, Regina (Raaaahhhhiiiinnnnaaaa) showing the group how cards are played in Mexico, and everyone learning that Mr. Noodles should not be drained after they are cooked. Smiles abounded, memories were made, and everyone came home safe! Comm Rec Extreme students (and anyone else who wants to) leave a 100 word response below.