Frequently Asked Questions

Where do WAO courses take place?

We run the majority of our programs in southwestern British Columbia, as we have access to some rugged and remote terrain that provides the essential ingredients to good adventure programming. The Chilliwack & Clark ranges are some of our most frequented areas.

What do I need to bring?

Living in the outdoors requires the right gear, and we provide all the technical items like ropes, stoves, tents and ice axes. You will need to bring appropriate footwear, clothing and personal gear. That's it !  Take a look at the gear list in the planning section to get a better idea of what you will need, and we will talk more about details upon enrolment.


Do I need to be an athlete to participate?

You do not need to be an athlete to participate, however keep in mind that most of our courses are rugged and strenuous. You will find your time much more pleasant and rewarding if you are active prior to coming. We recommend taking time to run, bike or swim several times before the course starts.

Who are my instructors?

WAO staff are seasoned wilderness instructors, certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR.  They are selected on the basis of their outdoor skills and experience, leadership ability and personal maturity. Many hold certifications with professional bodies such as the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the Royal Life Saving Society, and Paddle Canada.

See Walden's bio for more information.

Yes. The following two items are not included in the course fees, though some day we hope they will be:

1. Food: you can either bring your own (we'll give you a detailed menu) or we can take care of it all. The cost is $8 per person per meal.

2.  There are rental fees for the following: Canoes, Snowshoe & Ski equipment, and sleeping bags and pads.

Are there any other costs?