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#Ignacio Rozada
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November 21th - 22th, 2009 (tentative)

We will aim to cross the Lion’s Gate Bridge at 7:30 am, and meet at Tim Horton’s in Squamish to drive the rest of the way together.


Near Squamish.

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre trip meeting. All questions can be asked either on the message board or by email to Will Whitty (see member list).

General Information

This is a wilderness survival instructional trip that will take place the weekend of the November 21st, 2009.

The general idea is to drive into the backcountry and spend as much time as possible practicing skills, having discussions, and generally have a good time camping out. I would like to focus this trip on learning and practicing skills, so to maximize time there will not a self-propelled approach. This is not a competition or anything like the reality shows on TV. We will not be practicing the ridiculous stuff that Bear Grylls does. In fact we will probably make fun of him a lot.

The goal of this trip is to learn how to prepare for, avoid, and practice skills for short term wilderness survival. For example getting stuck out overnight on a day trip due to bad weather, injury or whatever.

Topics we will discuss:

  • Difference between survival and primitive living
  • Outdoor/backcountry ethics
  • Typical situations and scenarios you are likely to face
  • What can kill you?
  • Expected complications (survival vs normal camping)
  • How to prepare for, avoid and minimize the magnitude of life threatening situations
  • Examples and analysis of real situations
  • Dealing with life threatening situations


  • Shelter building
  • Fire starting
  • Signaling
  • First aid (probably not much time to go into depth)
  • Navigation (probably won’t be much time to go into depth)

This trip IS for you if:

  • Want to learn about and discuss wilderness survival
  • You want to learn campcraft skills
  • Don’t mind the possibility of being wet and cold for the weekend

This trip is NOT for you if:

  • You can’t spend a weekend outdoors without hiking, skiing, climbing or some other athletic activity
  • Are only interested in primitive living skills (like starting fire by friction and what-not) or the survival crap that plays on TV
  • You are a hippie

Additional Reading


What Do I Need?

Personal items are in regular font, shared items are in italic font


  • water bottle (at least 2L, unless you know yourself)
  • headlamp and batteries
  • sunscreen
  • sun glasses and/or goggles
  • map
  • compass
  • backpack
  • pocket knife
  • whistle
  • lighter and/or waterproof matches
  • first aid kit
  • Toilet Paper
  • tent
  • insect repellent or bug net

Clothing / Equipment

  • hiking boots
  • warm jacket (fleece or down)
  • long underwear (top and bottom)
  • toque / hat
  • mitts / gloves
  • weatherproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
  • weatherproof pants (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
  • hiking poles?
  • gaiters


  • Lunch and snacks x2
  • Breakfast x1
  • Dinner x1


  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • ear plugs, because somebody will snore (optional)

Cooking and Eating

  • bowl, spoon
  • Stove with fuel. If using white gas, for each person bring 75 mL
  • Pot and matching pot gripper
  • Toothbrush
  • water treatment{{#if:|

Climbing Gear

  • Helmet}}


Read through this Survival page to get an idea of other gear you can bring along to practice using. Don’t worry about buying some of the items you are not sure about. I will provide some basic stuff to practice with, and we will discuss gear selection on the course.

I will bring a roll of plastic sheeting, duct tape and cord to practice shelter building with. I will also bring along some knives and saws and tinder for fire starting.

Please bring $2-$5 to help cover the cost of the provided materials.

It is up to participants to organize tent groups and food/stove groups amongst themselves, ideally using the space provided below.



Please speak to Will Whitty before signing up as an instructor.

  1. Will Whitty
  2. Celina Whitty


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This is the sign up and organization page for an old trip. It already happened on 21-11-2009. Please do not sign up for it.

Limit is 10 people.

  1. Ignacio Rozada

Wait List


The drive is along a graded Forest Service Road (Elaho) which is easily drivable in a car if there is not snow. The last few hundred metres when we turn off the main road will be rough but doable in a car without snow, probably impossible in a car if there is snow. Since there is a good chance of snow drivers will need decent tires and chains and should have proper attachment points on their car (front and rear) so I can pull you out if you get stuck.

Drivers please post your names here along with your vehicle capacity and departure info.

Passengers, it is YOUR responsibility to notify the driver of the vehicle you sign up for. If you have not done this by Wednesday the 18th, you risk losing your spot. Please bring money to contribute for gas (~$10-$15).

  • Will’s truck (5 spots) (leaving from UBC)
  1. Will
  2. Celina


Tent owners who are willing to share their tents please post your name here with number of free spots so people can sign up. People without tents please contact the owner of the tent you sign up for.


This space is for people to organize food and stove groups.