Trip Wise & Trail Ready – Thursdays May 2-30


Trip Wise & Trail Ready – 5 Part Series May 2024

Thursday evenings 6:30-9/9:30pm May 2nd – 30th

A confidence boosting, self empowering, and soul filling learning series for those who need a little help to get out backpacking or day hiking on their own or confidently with others.  Practical, applicable, experienced advice and guidance by someone who used to be in your shoes!

SERIES SCHEDULE includes group hike in/out to lesson site.  You will NEED to be prepared to be out after dark with a group in safe and familiar trails in whatever the weather is that night.

  • Trip Planning Trail Safety, & Gear Essentials
  • Bear Spray Practice, Protecting from Critters, Trail Safety – INCLUDES 1 practice can for everyone!
  • Emergency Shelters & Basic Knots 
  • Water Purification & Food (supper on the trail!)
  • Compass/GPS, Emergency Communications, & What to do if LOST!

COST:  $180+GST  Includes:

  • 1 full inert bear spray can for each individual practice
  • 1 essential gear gift (at least!)
  • surprises, connection, and practical advice in a low-stress environment

LOCATION & WEATHER:  Local urban-rural interfaces within the Meewasin Valley & Saskatoon area. We will choose different trail areas for each session.  This will be communicated to the group before each session.  These events will run, regardless of the weather – we will adapt!

GEAR:  You do NOT need “all the gear” to participate in this series. You will get many ideas about gear, clothing, and skills but you do not need to bring anything to show your experience or lack-thereof to the sessions.  Details will be sent prior to each session so you can prepare your gear and clothing for the upcoming one!  But you will need:

  • You will need to be dressed for whatever the weather will be, have a “day pack” of your own essentials to be out for 3 hours, and be self-sufficient.
  • Some of you may want to bring your full backpacking pack to get a little fitness and experience in! You will get many ideas about gear, clothing, and skills but you do not need to bring anything to show your experience or lack-thereof to the sessions.  Details will be sent prior to each session so you can prepare your gear and clothing for the upcoming one!

COMMUNITY CULTURE:  It is my goal to host this series as a way to share my experience, demonstrate sound leadership in outdoor settings, foster skill development in areas we are weak, and share my knowledge of common gear/brands.  Those with experience and a good sense of community usually feel compelled to share and I encourage any participant in the group to share their own voice of experience or ask questions of curiosity.  Let’s build a community who supports, encourages, and inspires each other  to enjoy the outdoors in our own individual way!  This series is for beginners and all those who still value the opportunity to learn!


Cancellation / Refund Policy:   Due to anticipated high demand – no refunds will be given for these sessions for cancellations received less than 6 days in advance.  You can transfer your spot to someone else and recoup the cost privately. 




This Series is the perfect experience for anyone who is looking to gain confidence, learn about gear, practice essential trip skills, build connection, and be inspired by others to get out on the trail.  Day hiking or overnight backpacking is the foundation of this instructional series but many of these concepts can apply to campers, paddlers, and cyclists as well!

A common thing I hear is people say “my friends don’t like to go outside”.  Many people express how they feel alone in the desire to pursue time on the trail, are afraid to go out alone, and admire those who hike/backpack/camp.  Many people do not have connections to others that have mentored them, shared experiences and learnings, or have gear to get started.  This 5-Part Series is to help those who WANT to get started – to take the first steps!

You do NOT need to have ALL THE GEAR.  You need to come prepared to be on the trail for 3 hours, dressed for whatever the weather is, and be willing to learn from ALL the participants in the group!

Each session will begin and end with a group hike so we get some exercise and start to test our packs and trail feet.  Details will come out before each session to help you better prepare!


1 – Trip Plans/Safety, Night Hiking & Essentials – We start our series off with the ESSENTIALS.  This session includes Trip Planning basics you might actually adopt and implement, trail safety and group communication, discussion around layering and a show-tell of many common essentials we should have when on the trail.   Essentials will be an ongoing discussion throughout the series – however this session will introduce the concepts of “Essentials” and the relevant advice behind them.  Safety will be forefront in any session and we will introduce night / cold weather safety in each session forward.

2 – Bear Spray Practice, Critters, and Trail Awareness – Each person will get their OWN INERT BEAR SPRAY (Practice spray) to practice the basics in deploying your best defence against a bear! We will talk about protecting food from bears/critters, practice a bear hang for food, and discuss other personal safety habits while on trail or camping.

3 – Emergency Shelters & Basic Knots – Given that most people are unprepared for a drastic change in weather or a delay in their trip plan – shelter might just be what get’s you through a bad storm or an unexpected overnight.  Being mindful of how overwhelming knots and shelters can be – we will introduce 2 basic knots and simple shelters that do not require much skill.

4 – Water Purification, Trail Food & Fire Basics–  There are so many water filters on the market – it can be overwhelming!  We will explore a variety of water filters AND top up our water bottles to enjoy a taste test!  This night will be a river side supper where we can try out a few stove options (we supply a selection or you can bring your own!) and cook a late evening supper to enjoy together.  We will even practice some BASIC fire starting skills for a little social enjoyment.

5 – Compass/GPS, Emergency Communications, and What to do if you’re LOST – We will focus on compass basics and how you can orient yourself to the map & environment you know around you.  We will explore our phone navigation apps and discuss our over confidence in them working. We will go for a hike and challenge our trail orientation skills!