With a heavy heart and after much deliberation, Hope Mountain Centre has made the decision to cancel our public summer programs (June through August) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Many reasons are behind the decision, but our primary goal is to protect the public, staff and volunteers. Hope Mountain Centre is closely monitoring the advice from the BC Public Health Office (PHO) and will adjust our plans accordingly if new data suggests a different direction.
Please don’t forget us, we’re still here! Our pause in public programming is letting us do things like upgrading school programs, sharing additional information on social media, safely continuing with our trails program and water testing, and production of short educational videos. Later in the summer, a determination will be made regarding our approach to fall public programming based on information from the Public Health Officer. In the meantime, as Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.” We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to get outdoors safely in the coming months and follow provincial guidance on safe health practice and responsible recreation.
With thoughtful food and gear planning, you will learn how to prepare many delicious hiking and backpacking recipes.
Meals on the trail do not need to be expensive, nor do they have to taste like cardboard. You can eat tasty meals in the great outdoors without too much effort!
You’ll come away from this class with lots of delicious culinary ideas. Instructors will describe the use of a food dehydrator to increase variety and decrease cost for backcountry meals. Ways to minimize waste, clean up after meals, locate your camp kitchen, store food properly, and build low impact fires will also be covered.
Food samples and social time will be provided at the end of the program. Feel free to snack and chat or to bring your own lunch.
Minimal mobility is required on level grass/gravel/compacted soil pathways. Be prepared for any weather!
July 4, 2020
10:00 AM – Welcome & Introduction
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Rotate through 4 stations:
- Making your own energy bar
- Dehydrating your own meals
- Stove options
- Leave No Trace (proper food storage, low impact fire-building, clean up tips, etc.)
12:15 – 12:30 PM – Wrap Up
All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the class location. Please carpool if possible.
- Cooking ideas
- Recipes to share
- Camp chair
- Weather-appropriate clothing
Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
If you are bringing children that you are not parent or legal guardian for, you need to get the informed consent form done ahead of the program and bring it along to participate.
COVID-19 NOTICE: With our public programs scheduled throughout the year and knowing the uncertainty of where this is all going, we may need to postpone or cancel programs at any time. If you want to register for programs going into the summer and fall, we have temporarily updated our cancellation policy to allow for full refunds in case of personal illness of any kind or simply cancelling due to a concern over the situation at time of the event. As always, a full refund is provided if Hope Mountain Centre decides to cancel a program. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, follow guidelines set by provincial and federal agencies, and keep you informed should conditions change.
Our outdoor programs
Hope Mountain Centre maintains an excellent safety record. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these events do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property. We will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.
While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.