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Wilderness Bushcraft Overnight (5/6/2017)

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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Camp
Event Location: Sibbald Area
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 6 2017  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Mon, May 1 2017 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Ben C
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:$15.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Spend the night in a wilderness area learning or practicing your self-sufficiency skills (aka bushcraft, rather useful anytime you're out in the wilderness). Find out what works and what doesn't and then watch the stars overhead at night around a warm fire. A lot of the activities comes from Bushcrafting which is about creativity, improvisation and innovation in the wilderness. The more you know, the less you need. Bring food to share a dinner and breakfast potluck style by cooking over the fire.
We'll be playing with all sorts of things like wilderness shelter building, fire starting, fire cooking, purifying water without the usual filters and use of tools. This event will require you to wield tools like knives, axes and saws for cutting as well as the carrying and moving of wood pieces. Bring armor if you're a clutz like me. Beginners are welcome.

Distance: 2-3km one way. Not going very far as the aim is to practice skills and not be a hiking trip.
Elevation: 10-20m expect bushwhacking for a short section

- Co-Ed event. There will be sharing of shelters and food.
- This is a fun anything goes event which will involve staying up for part of the night
- Continue to expect late winter conditions
- Best is if you bring old clothing that is campfire smoke, amber and rough-use resistant.
- See gear list for basic tools needed. You will need some basic items as we will be foraging for firewood and shelter materials but most of the gear can be shared.
- Equipment list is listed below. Review the list for personal items. Indicate in your sign notes what sort of equipment you can bring.
- Everything is available at Camper's Village/MEC or Walmart/Canadian Tire /Army Navy store with Coglans stuff for cheap.
- There may or may not be a pre-trip meet for gear and clothing needed depending the experience level of the group

Required Items to Bring:
NOTE: Some of the gear can be shared

Personal Items:
- Medium sized sharp knife (there will be a food fee if we need to sharpen it for you in the field. It should preferably be a fixed or locking blade, don't want it closing on your hands)
- Headlamp and spare batteries
- Layers for warmth, snow and/or rain. Your clothing should preferably be amber resistant (i.e. it's ok to have fire amber holes in them)
- Waterproof layers
- Waterproof boots and gaiters
- Extra set of DRY clothes including base layers, socks and gloves.
- Work gloves and work shirt something that will be ok being dirty and tough enough to resist tears.
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
- Water bottle
- Personal cup, plate and utensils
- Wash cloth
- Sleeping mat and bag
- Whistle or horn (or a really really loud scream)
- Food (
- Waterproof matches or lighter or fire Rod or bring your own friction stick or flamethrower (if you prefer)

Shared Items:
- Tarp
- Cordage
- Cooking paraphernalia like pots and pans
- Backpacking saw
- Small axe/hatchet or heavy weight machete chopper

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Personal tarp/poncho
- Hiking poles
- Your own backpacking saw and hatchet or machete chopper
- Small cooking pot suitable for a campfire
- Grill suitable for a campfire
- Camera
- Any super duper latest and greatest gear you want to try out

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Wait for email for exact location.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $39.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.22, effective Monday, January 22, 2018). This is based on $0.12/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$15.00/Person
Cost Includes:Materials and supplies needed for the weekend.
May cost less depending on how much gear the group already has. Bring Cash.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!