Kootenay youth Go Wild! into Height of the Rockies Provincial Park

Wildsight takes youth on six-day wilderness adventure

Kootenay youth headed into the backcountry of Height of the Rockies Provincial Park this summer for a six-day wilderness adventure on Wildsight’s Go Wild! trip.

Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, youth ages 14-18 visited some of the most rugged and remote wilderness of the region. Rich in history and wildlife, with soaring mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys and abundant forests and alpine meadows, they learned about the wildlife that the park protects.

A brief, but friendly, encounter with a grizzly bear near their first camp site added to the excitement. But they were safe and in good hands—Wildsight trip leaders Dave Quinn, a wildlife biologist, and Leah Evans, a professional skier, are both certified Mountain Guides.

Trip highlights included being surrounded in a wilderness area where meeting with goat, elk and deer was a daily occurrence. “One evening, we even had a lone billy goat scale a tower right above camp, standing silhouetted against the skyline, looking over us. That was pretty special,” said Quinn.

For many of the participants, the hiking trip opens the door to a lifetime of wilderness adventure. As Quinn shares, “I was lucky to have similar, week-long wilderness hike experiences in my early teens, and I really think these were a key part of my life-long love of wild spaces and wildlife. For me it feels critical and natural to help facilitate similar connections with wilderness for the next generation.”

The hikers learned everything from how to start a fire, read a topographic map, plan a route without trails, staying safe around wildlife, mountain ecology, backcountry ethics and more.

“To travel through these wild spaces, be self-sufficient, and rely on ourselves to cook, camp and travel safely through some iconic Rocky Mountain scenery is the opportunity of a lifetime. This generation will need to decide what we do with these last pockets of connected wilderness, so it is important that they get a chance to experience them to understand their value, and what they offer us” added Quinn.

For more information, visit wildsight.ca/gowild. Wildlight would like to thank the Province of British Columbia for their support.

 

Just Posted

Cranbrook fighter wins third consecutive national title

Tyson Hirscher’s third year of National Gold: A Coach’s Perspective

Interior Health CEO talks patient transfers, staffing challenges

Susan Brown takes questions on local, regional health care issues at a recent public meeting

Snowfall warning for Kootenay and Paulson passes

Up to 30 cm expected in mountain passes Saturday and Sunday.

Monkey Do’s Childcare talks expansion, government funding

The B.C. Government has been working to improve childcare in the province… Continue reading

Moose tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in northwest Montana

This is the first time the disease has been detected in the species in Montana

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Abbotsford police chief mulls more enforcement of homeless lawbreakers

‘When all else has failed we have to hold people accountable,’ Police Chief Mike Serr tells council

Striking Vancouver hotel workers, employer reach ‘tentative’ agreement

Employees of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia have been out at picket lines since talks broke off on Sept. 21

RCMP cut free activists chained to Kelowna bank, placed under arrest

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Cell phone tickets worse tax grab than speed limits, SenseBC says

Distracted driving statistics questioned as B.C. tickets pile up

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Most Read