Students’ GASP trip a true adventure

By Keri Knapp

The Community Connections van pulled up promptly at 3 pm last Friday afternoon to gather students from Revelstoke Secondary School to take part in a new stewardship program initiative formed by The Friends of Glacier National Park, Community Connections, Parks Canada and Revelstoke Secondary School.

After a quick photo op the kids were off on a two-day adventure to the Wheeler Hut in Rogers Pass. The program was organized to help kids break down barriers and get access to the things they want to do says Alice Weber. Transportation, food, accommodation and education is provided over the two-day stay at the hut. In exchange for the opportunity, the students will choose a day within a three-four week period following the programs completion to give back by volunteering in the community. In advance the students were given a survey and asked to choose from a list of activities. This year’s group chose climbing, photography and music. The partners the assembled a course plan along with local. Climbing expert Dave Scott from Alpine Adventures met the kids at the hut with gear to teach them to climb. Photographers Bruno Long and John Morrison spent time teaching the students photography and musician Matthew Potter taught the students music.

Cell phones and other technology (cameras aside) where not permitted on the trip. Zuzana, Sheena, Alice and Cynthia walked the student through a packing checklist and provided after school snacks for the journey. Check out a few fun images captured on their way to Wheeler Hut:

Participating students in the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program pose for the camera before setting out for the Alpine Club of Canada's Wheeler Hut last weekend. Keri Knapp photo
Asulkan Ridge in the mist, Glacier National Park. Alice Weber photo courtesy of Parks Canada
Rebecca Scott learns from photographer Bruno Long. John Morrison photo
Melanie Davies and Hannah Yauck laugh during a team building activity. John Morrison photo
Macrophotography. Taryn Walker photo
British Soldier Lichen. Mikayla Faucett photo
Students taking photos on the Asulkan trail. Alice Weber photo courtesy of Parks Canada
GASP participants, volunteers and facilitators at the Alpine Club of Canada Wheeler Hut in Glacier National Park. John Morrison photo