Complete the registration form, and email it here or mail with your deposit information. We will send out a paypal invoice which can be paid with a paypal account or if you don’t have a paypal account, they accept credit cards as well. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Bank Draft or Money Order. The entire deposit is applied towards course fees. All courses have a 30% deposit upon registration with the remainder to be paid upon arrival. Remaining course fee must be PAID IN FULL upon arrival. 8 pocket books written by Mors Kochanski will be sent to you after application/waiver form and deposit is received in either booklets mailed to you or ebooks emailed to you.
Make drafts and money orders payable to: Karamat Wilderness Ways (We do not accept cheques).
Karamat Wilderness Ways admits students of any gender, race, religion, or ethnic background. We will attempt to accommodate those with disabilities, however, due to the strenuous nature of some activities, not everyone can attend. Please consult with us if you have any questions in this area.
Three meals per day are supplied on Extended courses only unless otherwise stated in the course outline. Vegetarian meals are also supplied, however, if you have a special/strict diet, please call Karamat Wilderness Ways. Karamat Wilderness Ways is not responsible for accommodations needed before or after the class. Travel arrangements are the STUDENTS responsibility to the course site.
Although this is an adult course, children are welcome. Anyone 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. It is a full course fee for anyone 15 to 17 years of age. Anyone 14 years of age or younger, their course fee is half price.
Karamat Wilderness Ways reserves the right to cancel courses 10 days prior to the first day of class, due to not enough participants. If this is the case, you will receive a full refund. If you fail to show up for course without any notification, your deposit will be forfeited. If we are not notified of your cancellation within 30 days of the first day of course, your deposit will be forfeited. If the course is cancelled and the booklets have been sent out to you, the price of the booklets will be deducted from the returned deposit.
Responsibility: While every precaution is taken to safeguard you and your belongings, wilderness living skills and survival training by its very nature involves some risk, the responsibility for which has to be totally assumed by the participants. The course participants may be left to their own resources in the evenings and on other occasions. If this is seen as a problem these courses are not for you. Advancement of your registration fee and completed Course Application and Waiver Form will indicate agreement with our terms and conditions of participation.
In the interest of convenience and economical use of course time, provisions may be provided and cooking done as a group (meals included in course fee). Most meals are done in the one pot cooking method. Those with special needs in regard to their diet will likely have to supply and cook their own meals. Groceries can be purchased in Wildwood, a 10 minute drive from the course area.
Accommodation: The accommodation that is provided is a crude rustic shelter (super shelter) heated by a wood stove. As long as the stove is going the shelter can be shirt-sleeve warm in normal winter temperatures. In summer this shelter is usually dry and mosquito proof. If you wish to bring your own accommodation that is fine with us but we do encourage everyone to try out the different shelters we have, especially the super shelter, lean-to, Kochanski Igloo, Harlton Hacenda, etc.
“Dress for the worst and hope for the best.”
Weather varies in Alberta from winter courses at -40C to Summer Courses at +40C. But, it can freeze also on the summer course and have above freezing temperatures on the winter course. Spring and fall courses can be like summer or winter. It can rain or snow at anytime of the year. On the summer course we spend much time in or around water.
A typical course has periods of vigorous activity alternating with sitting down.
- Layering: Put on many thin garments instead of a few heavy ones. The dead air spaces between the layers add to the insulation value and provide greater versatility in controlling overheating.
- Blocking Wind: A thin, light wind proof shell will block wind, trap warmed air and shed precipitation.
- Control Moisture in contact with the skin: Use poly-proplene or a similar fabric next to the skin. There is now wool undergarments to consider as well.
Changes of clothes if you get wet from either sweating or immersion in water. Having more clothes than necessary is the key. This is an average list for both summer and winter, adjust accordingly.
Head and Neck: Headgear that prevents the penetration of the strongest wind. A light scarf will be equivalent to a wool sweater in the warmth it can conserve. Summer brimmed hat, head net.
- Polypro or wool long johns.
- Wool shirt.
- Several wool sweaters.
- The fourth layer should appropriate to the expected weather conditions, e.g. wind breaker, rain coat or parka.
- Sanitation layer.
- Polypro or wool long johns.
- Wool pants.
- Wind pants.
Hands: Wool inner mitts with leather outer mitts, 2-3 pair.
Footwear: Any footwear that allows the use of three pairs of wool socks will likely prove satisfactory.
2 pair of footwear. Plenty of wool socks.
What is provided:
- Shelter, these are super shelters and will sleep usually up to 8 people or more and are co-ed (heated in the wintertime).
- Large cooking pots and dippers.
- Saws, axes and class material.
- Outhouses-Toilet paper.
- Food. We try to accommodate special diets but if you do have problems eating regular fair, you will need to bring your own food. There is no fridge/freezer at camp so please keep that in mind.
Gear that is the Responsibility of the Participant:
- Clothing suitable for the current conditions. Avoid bringing new clothes. Layering is key.
- Sleeping bag.
- Sleeping mat or a wool blanket.
- Personal toiletries-towel, washcloth
- Head Net (summer/fall/spring)
- Mess Kit (we also have dishes)
- Sharp knife (Mora knives can be purchased from instructor).
- If not participating in group cooking, bring your own cooking gear.
- Notebook, pen, camera