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Adventure Tourism Business Operations
Additional Costs and Supplies

Blow horn icon Season’s Pass to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort included in your tuition fee!

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The College provides:

  • Transportation during all out-trips
  • All equipment except as noted on personal list
  • Some shelter during out-trips which may include tents, tarps or Alpine huts
  • Most certification and exam fees
  • Free access to college computers and library services
  • Seasons Pass at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

You can expect to incur the following expenses:

  • Out-trip Food:
    You are responsible for food and personal maintenance costs during out trips.
     
  • Golden House Student Residence:
    This is the official student residence for Adventure Tourism Business Operations students.  It houses six (6) students each year, and first year students are given priority.  It's located within easy walking distance of the Golden campus, and across the street from the community pool.

You can phone Brenda at the Town of Golden 250-344-2271 for more information.

right blue arrowYou are expected to have your accommodation situation settled by the first day of classes.


Equipment Requirements

The following personal equipment list is required by all ATBO students. This equipment will, with care, last you for years.

exclamation icon Note: Course equipment should not be purchased before receiving notification of valid course registration. Please note that though this equipment is recommended it can be rented, borrowed, or purchased used.

right blue arrowAlso the lighter and the smaller it packs, the better!


Personal Gear (required first day of class)

  • Mountaineering Boots (plastic or full shanked leather, able to accept crampons) or
  • Quality hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Outerwear, Gortex jacket and pants or equivalent
  • Insulative layers (polypro underwear, fleece, etc.)
  • Hat, toque, Socks plus spares (wool or synthetic)
  • Four season sleeping bag rated to -20
  • Sleeping pad - compact thermarest recommended
  • Overnight pack 60L-80L
  • Compass with declination setting (Silva Ranger or Type 3)
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle
  • Personal eating utensils/bowl
  • Good quality Gloves plus spares
  • Sunglasses, goggles (UV blocks)
  • Personal first aid kit

Recommended Personal Gear (preferably but not required for first day of class)

  • Day pack
  • Stuff Sacks (waterproof is nice)
  • Pocket Knife or Leatherman
  • Camp Stove, Pots
  • 4 Season Alpine or Backpacking Tent
  • Rain Resistant Log Book
  • Watch or Altimeter

exclamation icon Note: Every person does not need to purchase a Tent, Stove or Pot Set because you may be able to share with other students, however they are important pieces of  gear that you will be able to use for many years.


Additional Equipment (only required for electives you choose)

Climbing Gear (required by October)
The following gear is required only if you have selected this as an elective.

  • 5 metres of 1" webbing or 1 long sewn sling
  • Rock Climbing Shoes, climbing harness (with adjustable legs)
  • Climbing helmet. two locking carabineers (one locking pear shaped), two non-locking carabineers
  • Belay device (suitable for a variety of rope sizes)

exclamation icon NOTE: The College does carry a supply of climbing helmets, ropes, crampons, carabineers, belay devices and harnesses. You may choose to purchase your own or borrow.


Paddling Gear (required by October)
The following gear is required only if you have selected this as an elective.

  • PFD (Personal Floatation Device),
  • Neoprene booties or socks
  • Whitewater helmet
  • Wetsuit
  • Paddling jacket or dry top
  • Pogies or thin neoprene gloves and hat

exclamation icon NOTE: The College does carry a supply of Farmer John/Jane Wetsuits, PFD’s, kayaks, canoes and helmets. You may choose to purchase your own or borrow.


Ski Touring Gear (required by January)
The following gear is required only if you have selected this as an elective.

  • Alpine Ski touring equipment or a suitable split snowboard and skins (alpine gear or full randonee or free heel setups)
  • Touring / Climbing skins

exclamation icon NOTE: The College does carry a supply of snowshoes, however we recommend renting, borrowing or purchasing proper touring equipment.


Avalanche Gear (required by January)
The following gear is required only if you have selected this as an elective.

  • Avalanche probe
  • Shovel with metal blade
  • Avalanche transceiver

exclamation icon NOTE: The College does carry a supply of avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels. If you are pursuing ski touring we would recommend purchasing your own equipment.

Since tuition includes a seasons pass to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort you may want to have snowboard, ski or telemarking equipment.


If you own your own equipment

If you own your equipment or have personal preferences every opportunity will be made to allow for its use, as long as the item meets all appropriate safety standards.

Help Please see the gear list in the ATBO Program Booklet, included in the information package for more details.