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Learn To Winter Camp

Living Skies Retreat Centre, Lumsden
Learn To Winter Camp

It’s that time of year again! The season of the long-john. We at SaskOutdoors are happy to offer you another winter camping skills workshop this January. So if your front windows have frozen nose prints, you’re feeling groggy and restless, or you’ve been finding yourself pacing aimlessly around the house, you just may be suffering from cabin fever and we highly recommend our remedy.

Our winter camping skills workshop will help get you out of the living room and into that winter landscape you've been yearning to explore. We've designed a workshop to teach you the skills you'll need to extend your camping season into even the most blustery of weekends.

When?

January 13-14th, 2018. We will begin activities at 1:00 PM on Saturday January 13th and end at 11:00am on Sunday January 14th.

Where?

Living Skies Retreat Centre, Lumsden

The link below will bring you to the address. If you are coming from Regina, you will see the Retreat Centre as you enter the Lumsden valley on the left hand side (coming down the hill).

Lumsden Retreat Centre Map Location and Park Map

How much?

For SaskOutdoors members the price is $20, for non-members $30. Or $40 for the event fee and become a SaskOutdoors member. More information on membership is available here

What can you expect?

Our goal is to deliver enough practical and applied information to give you the confidence to camp in the winter. We want winter camping to be as natural an option as is summer camping so you may take these skills forward and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer year-round. Colin Frey, a Wilderness Guide, will be facilitating the winter camp. Colin Frey operates and owns a company called “Renewed by Nature” which he runs bushcrafting courses, canoe certification courses, First Aid courses, guiding experiences, etc. What an opportunity - to learn from the one and only, Colin Frey!

You can expect lessons on winter campcraft, cooking, site selection, trip planning, bedtime protocols, and backcountry travel, to name a few, as well as activities such as snowshoeing/skiing/quinzee building (weather dependent), story-telling, star hikes, and some bushcrafting skills.

An emergency indoor space will be available. Indoor washrooms will also be available for use. 

Food

We want you to get the most out of this learning process and be involved in some of the behind the scenes prepping that is required for winter camping. So for this camp you are responsible for providing your own food for supper on Saturday as well as breakfast on Sunday morning.

It is important that your meal follows two basic winter camping standards: keep it simple and keep it high in calories. You need fats, carbs, and proteins to keep your furnace burning strong throughout the night. Greens alone will not suffice. Consider also that things will freeze solid before you go to eat them. A brick of cheese will quite literally become a brick. Pre-slicing cheese and laying it on wax paper can save a lot of fuss in the field! If you have any questions or would like some guidance on your meal or prep, feel free to contact Taniya Heuchert (tmheuchert@gmail.com).

Make sure you pack some of your own snacks as well. Our furnaces all burn at different rates. If we've all stocked our pockets and bags with our favourite bits and bites for a quick fill up, we can ensure our stomachs stay fueled. It is important to eat before you start feeling cold and hungry when spending extended periods of time outside in winter.

We will be providing the hot drinks and some small snacks. We will also be providing a hardy bedtime snack to stoke up our furnace before crawling in the sleeping bag.

Gear

Unfortunately we will not be able to provide any camping gear. You must have your own camping gear including a tent, sleeping bag and mat to participate. If you have 3-season camping gear, there are many ways to boost the ratings to make it suitable for a winter camp.

With the help of Fresh Air Experience in Regina, Sk, we were able to put together a great resource for you to refer to for more information regarding clothing and sleep systems. There are a lot of great tips and tricks to be found within. We go through why certain materials will keep you warmer than others, and demonstrate different ways to get more out of your 3-season sleep gear to get you comfortably through a winter's night. Also, you can watch the video below on how to dress and pack accordingly for a winter camp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Je-tVDZ5Sw

Registration

This event is limited to those 18 years of age or older (If you are under 18 and would like to attend, you can attend as long as you have one chaperone with you) and it is limited to the first 25 registrants. So register before the spots get filled!

Please note that registrants will be requested to fill out waiver and health information forms.

Cancellation Policy

1) If the temperature, predicted 48 hours in advance, will be colder than -25C (air temperature) or -30C (combined air temperature and wind chill) the camp will be cancelled and participants refunded.
2) Participants forfeit their registration fees if they cancel within 2 weeks of the camp start date. Please see our cancellation policy

Questions

If you have any questions about the camp or about SaskOutdoors, contact Taniya Heuchert at tmheuchert@gmail.com

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Registration deadline is January 5

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