I have about 44 years experience camping, backpacking and hiking.
Have 31 years experience in traditional Tahltan activities on the land during day trips and overnight camping trips as part of hunting parties, fish camp, berry and medicinal plant picking. Including solo backpacking trips to very remote and rugged locations with extreme weather conditions.
I have 5 years experience as an Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) instructor as a commissioned officer of Cadet Instructors List (CIL) camping trips we call exercises and 3 years experience in military exercises as a trooper of the regular Army.
I spent 6 seasons with BC Parks as a backcountry ranger were we conducted patrols for trail and facility maintenance and enforcement in very remote and challenging areas in the Stikine Region in far northern BC.
I have experience in snowshoeing in multi-day winter campouts.
I had formal leadership training in RCAC and CIL.
I have 31 years experience in outdoor leadership positions in both formal and informal roles. Responsibilities include planning and organizing multi-day trips, ensuring high levels of morale and team work at all times and ensuring proper safety procedures are practiced at all times.
I also have 5 years experience in the CIL in planning, organizing and implementing army cadet exercises. An additional 6 years experience with BC Parks in planning and organizing backcountry ranger patrols in very remote and very challenging areas in the Stikine Region in far northern BC.
I have 9 years experience in providing leadership to the Tahltan Outdoor Leadership Program (TOLP). The TOLP was designed and developed by Curtis and was run in partnership with Tahltan Health and Social Services Authority.
Navigation - Map and Compass and Dead Reckoning
I have formal map and compass training in the RCAC, CIL CF, BC Parks and Tahltan Natural Resource Technician Program.
I have 30 plus years in practical use in land navigation with Army Cadet exercises and map and compass courses, BC Parks during backcountry trips in very remote areas and plotting the locations of trails, campsite, bridges and other facilities, and during my personal solo backcountry trips.
I have 5 years experience as a qualified map and compass instructor in the RCAC and CIL. In this role I was responsible for the instruction of map and compass that included classroom instruction and the organizing and operation of map and compass exercises in the outdoors.
I have also successfully completed surveying contracts as a student with TNRTP in which our crew surveyed a total of 90 km of line in one contract.
I have received formal bear awareness training as a BC Parks Backcountry Ranger and as a First Nations person I have been exposed to stories and learned from Elders and hunters about bear behavior and avoidance techniques,
I have had a number of encounters with bears in the backcountry, at our home in Dease Lake and at Tahltan fish camp and I have safely handled the situations.
The use avoidance techniques is my policy, I encourage a lot of talking and noise and while in camp food and any other attractants are stored away from camp.
I have received formal training in firearms safety as an RCAC, CIL and as a member of the Canadian Forces.
I have 8 years experience as a qualified Range Safety Officer in the CIL and Canadian Rangers. In this role responsible for the safety, discipline, marksmanship and effective operation of a rifle range.
Wilderness First Aid
Have received formal first aid training in RCAC, CIL and Canadian Armed Forces, BC Parks and private training including Wilderness First Aid from Slipstream Wilderness First Aid.
Currently I hold a wilderness first aid certificate from Slipstream and a St. John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid – with CPR-ABC-AED certificate.
I have had experience providing first aid to a patient who was in a car accident and another patient of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. I also have experience in a number of first aid exercises as part of the training.
Search and Rescue
I have received formal training in basic search and rescue techniques as an Army Cadet, BC Parks Backcountry Ranger and as a member of the Dease Lake Search and Rescue Team.
I have four years experience as a member of the Dease Lake Search and Rescue Team and personally participated in three searches and a number of exercises.
Camp Health and Safety
Camp Health and Safety is the proper selection of campsites and location of water point, kitchen, and outhouse; fire prevention and procedures; emergency planning and evacuation; bear encounter procedures; and emergency communications.
I have formal training in basic camp health and safety issues with RCAC, CIL, Canadian Armed Forces and BC Parks. I also have experience in setting up emergency planning to address fire, bear encounter, evacuation, medical, and search emergencies. I have also experience in organizing and conduction a range of emergency exercises.
I have experience in recognizing and treating heat exhaustion and early stages of hypothermia.
Fires and Fire Fighting
I had formal training in fire fighting with the TNRTP, BC Parks and Dease Lake Volunteer Fire Brigade.
I have 5 years experience with the Dease Lake Volunteer Fire Brigade and has attended 2 structural fires, 2 brush fires and a number of simulated/practice structure fires. I also have experience in monitoring a forest fire with BC Parks.
Power Tools and ATV (Operation and Safety)
I have formal training in power saw operation and maintenance with the TNRTP and with BC Parks.
I have 22 years experience safely operating a power saw falling, limping and bucking up trees for firewood and ‘power saw carpentry’ the building of wooden structures using a power saw; e.g. foot bridges, camp furniture.
I have 8 years experience operating ski-doos and ATV (four wheelers) in very remote and rugged terrain.
Campsite Maintenance and Use
I have formal training in proper camp selection, planning and preparation and camp duties/activities.
I have 31 years experience in camp maintenance and use at my families fish camp at the Tahltan River and hunting camps, Army Cadets, Canadian Forces, BC Parks Backcountry Rangers and personal camps.
The camp roles/duties I have personally participated in include proper camp sanitation, camp water, tent and shelter setup, cooking, dishes, camp cleanup, fires and firewood, camp setup and take down, and camp facility construction and repairs.
Trail and Bridge Construction and Maintenance
I have experience as a Backcountry Ranger in building and maintaining backcountry trails and bridges.
I have contract management experience in backcountry trail maintenance (47 km) and bridge building (2 large and 5 smaller bridges) with 2 separate crews.
Have formal outdoor survival training in RCAC, CIL, Canadian Forces, and Tahltan Natural Resources Technician Program.
Have experience in simulated outdoor survival scenarios and as an instructor have planed and implemented survival training. Have extensive experience in building emergency shelters and making fires in many situations and weather conditions.