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Ridgerunner I

Ridgerunner I- Ages 13-15
Price: $600.00 + GST  
Ridgerunner II
Ridgerunner II - Ages 14-16
Price: $950.00 + GST
The Ridgerunner program introduces participants to beautiful backcountry camping in Garibaldi Park. Garibaldi Park was carved out by volcanic activity thousands of years ago and now offers magnificent alpine lakes, glaciers, rivers and coastal forests.
Participants will experience this rich landscape on a trip that aims to foster a basic skill set of how to properly and safely camp in the back country with minimal environmental impact. Ridgerunners will help campers to learn the skills they need to know to continue camping on their own in the future. 
Both trips will traverse areas that are rich in geological history and natural wonder.  The Black Tusk, considered to be the remains of an extinct andesitic strato volcano, also cuts into the alpine skyline with an impressive silhouette. The region leaves one feeling appreciative of the natural world and its wonders. 



The Ridgerunner I is a six day residential program the runs from Sunday to Friday. The adventure will begin at Cheakamus Lake in the shadows of Whistler Mountain, and finish at the spectacular glacier fed Garibaldi Lake. The group will follow Helm Creek trail between Empetrum Ridge and Corrie Ridge, summiting to 1800m and experiencing breath taking alpine views. 

Ridgerunner II is a twelve day residential program that runs from Monday to the following Friday. It will begin in a similar fashion, starting at the trailhead of Cheakamus Lake and travelling to Garibaldi Lake. With a longer trip stay, campers will find the pace a bit more relaxed. On this trip time permits for some spectular base camping and day trips, including adventures to the base of Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk. Spectacular alpine views and glacier lakes will be in no short supply on this experience of a lifetime. This program builds off the experiences taught in Ridgerunner I, however is still appropriate for campers to join that have not participated in Ridgerunner I but are comfortable camping for longer periods of time. 


Program Components

Ridgerunner I activities include:

  • Introduction to back country campingIMG_2582.JPG
  • One day at Sasamat at beginning of program that teaches:
    • group & personal gear packing
    • equipment
    • compass & map skills
    • wildlife safety
    • Leave No Trace (LNT) procedures
    • risk management
  • Four days travelling through Garibalid Provincial Park that will include: 
    • hiking
    • camping in tents
    • safe water collection 
    • proper bathroom strategies
    • cooking on a camp stove
    • nature immersion & disconnection from technology and daily life
    • spectacular scenary
    • staff lead programs focusing on team building & self-reflection 
  • One day at Sasamat at end of program that includes:
    • trip debrief with Program Director
    • time for relaxation (showers, swimming)
    • celebration of completed trip 


Ridgerunner II activities include:

  • Two days at Sasamat at beginning of program that review gear packing, equipment, compass & map skills, wildlife safety
    • food preparation
    • review of LNT procedures
    • risk management in the mountains
    • advanced skills workshops (knot tying, edible wildlife, natural water filtration system
  • Nine days travelling through Garibaldi Pronvincial Park that will include: 
    • hiking with daily peer leaders 
    • camping in tents
    • safe water collection
    • proper bathroom strategies
    • cooking on a camp stove
    • nature immersion & disconnection from technology and daily life 
    • base camping with day trips to the base of Panorama Ridge & Black Tusk 
    • staff lead programs focusing on team building & leadership
    • opportunity to lead the group, navigate, and practice group management skills with support of the staff
  • One day at Sasamat at end of program that includes: 
    • trip debrief with Program Director
    • time for relaxation (showers, swimming)
    • celebration of completed trip
Cheakamus Sign



Transportation is provided from Vancouver, Burquitlam, and Port Moody only.

Please carefully note all drop off and pick up times for a bus stop, or for driving to Sasamat, on the Summer Bus Information page. 




Things To Know!

  • Allergies and Diet Restrictions: Due to the large number of children with nut allergies, please do not send your child with any nut products. We are a nut free environment. Please indicate your childs allergies at time of registration in teh camper information section, or call into the office. 
  • T-Shirts: All campers recieve a t-shirt at no additional cost. Please indicate size when registering. If you register past April 30, size cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Ridgerunner I Program Age: must be 13 by August 31 of the program year to enroll. 
  • Ridgerunner II Program Age: must be 14 by August 31 of the program year to enroll. 
  • Swimming: swimming will only be permitted base on temperature and availability of lifeguards on the trips for safety reasons. 
  • Packing: packing for an out trip is particularly important, please ensure you read the packing list thoroughly. 


Payment, Refund and Transfers

Payment is due in full no later than May 1, 2017.
If payment has not been received in full by May 1, 2017, your registration will be cancelled and your spot will be given to another camper.
If you require a payment alternative, please contact the office. 
Transfer Fee- Sasamat will charge a transfer fee of $30.00 per child each time a camper wishes to transfer from one week or program to another. All transfers must be complete 30 days prior to the start date of the camp session.
Cancellations more than 30 days before the start of the camp session - Refunds are provided, minus a $50.00 administration fee. 
Cancellations within 30 days of a camp session -  Refunds are not provided unless your spot can be filled with a camper of the same age and gender. If your spot can be filled, a refund will be provided, minus a $30.00 administration fee.  
Substition of Campers - Due to long waiting lists and age and gender issuse, camper substitutions are not allowed. If you cancel a camper's registration, another camper can bot be put in his or her place. 
Camperships are available for families in need. Please use the link below to access information and the application form.