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Mountain Bike Camp Information

Join us on the trail for one of Alberta’s coolest XC mountain bike camps. This adventure is for those wanting to explore the backcountry via mountain bike—it’s a bike tripping experience combining camping and biking mixed together with a whole lotta’ fun!

We have partnered with Two Wheel View to provide expertise, experience and the equipment for a fantastic mountain bike adventure. You will spend most of your time taking in all that the Castle Mountain Wilderness has to offer. We will visit alpine valleys, waterfalls and lakes. Scramble up hiking trails and ride along the ridges of the great divide!

This program is for youth ages 13 to 17, who have an interest in getting into the backcountry under pedal power. We encourage youth who have experienced our residential summer camp program who are looking for a new and exciting adventure to take part in this program.

Note: this isn't a "downhill" mountain bike camp so don't expect jumps or crazy stunts, and certainly no chairlift! Get ready for some great cross country trail adventures! Basic bike skills and good cardio are recommended.

Camp Highlights

  • Experience mountain biking in the Rockies on trails (cross country style, not extreme downhill)
  • Operated by Scouts Canada in partnership with Two Wheel View
  • Mountain Bike Camp is open to all boys and girls ages 13 to 17 (exceptions for mature 12 year olds)
  • 4 days of riding and exploring the Castle Mountain wilderness, 2 days at Camp Impeesa
  • Learn new skills! Trail riding techniques, multi-day bike tripping, safety & survival skills
  • Off the bike, enjoy fishing, crafts, exploring the creek, games, and campfires
  • The journeys begins and ends at Camp Impeesa, a 5-star resort after being in the backcountry!

Dates, Costs & Itinerary

--Cancelled for 2018--

One week only! July 8 - 13

Regular Price: $825

Multi-Registration Discount (group size 2): Save $50/person

Optional Bus Transportation: $70 (please confirm availability)

Our session is 6 days, 5 nights which includes two nights at Camp Impeesa in our platform tent village and 3 nights in the backcountry at a base camp. You can expect to be in the bike seat and ride each day except for the day of arrival and departure from camp.

  • Sunday
  • Arrive at camp, settle into your shared wall tent in our summer camp tent village, swim test in the lake, as a bike group set expectations, goals and plan your week with your bike guides, review safety and risk for the trip, get your helmet & pack bags, campfire.

  • Monday
  • After a hot breakfast you will work with your bike guides to learn all about mountain bike safety and risk in the backcountry, how to pack and load your bike panniers, riding on multiple terrain types, bike maintenance and repair how to, and start your ride out of Camp Impeesa to the backcountry base camp.

  • Tuesday to Thursday
  • Each day once meals and camp chores have been completed you will pack your gear for the day, hop on your bike and head out on the trail for the days ride to explore the area. In the evening you will have a chance to talk about what you want the next day to be like and where you want to go. Evenings can also include camp craft, campfire and storytelling, fishing, checking out the stars, creek hikes and sharing of fellowship.

  • Thursday to Friday
  • You will pack up base camp on Thursday afternoon and ride back to Camp Impeesa. While at camp you will have the opportunity to participate in the many activities offered at camp, go to the final campfire of the week, enjoy a hot shower and dinner in our dining hall. Friday afternoon it will be time to head back home to share stories of grand adventure by mountain bike.

    What's included in the Trip?

    Each camper will be provided all equipment needed for the trip, including the bike, helmet and pannier bags, and maintenance equipment.An experienced outfitter to guide you through your adventure (see our partners at Two Wheel View http://www.twowheelview.org/). All food and trail snacks will be provided while at camp and in the backcountry, plus tents and group related camping/cooking gear.

    Your registration package contains all of the information you will need to get ready for the trip. We include information on transportation to camp, details on what personal gear you should and should not bring, a note on risk, a list of gear, forms regarding medical and dietary needs.

    Camper & Parent Information

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, they provide the bikes, bike maintenance and bike packs.

    Maybe. Not all bikes are suitable for multi-day trips using bike panniers. Generally speaking a cross country mountain bike with or without suspension will be suitable.Full suspension bikes with 5+ inches of travel probably aren’t designed to fit panniers, bags, water bottles, which you’ll need. Please contact us to confirm.

    Yes, 1 night at the main camp — Camp Impeesa, then 3 nights at our backcountry base camp in tents, then back to Camp Impeesa for the final night.

    It’s all trail riding, no highway or paved road.It’ll be bumpy and smooth, flat and steep, twisty and straight.See a pattern? ;-)

    A good general level of fitness is needed, but we will take frequent breaks and pace the group accordingly.Every group has faster and slower riders, but everyone ends up at the same destination. If you’ve never ridden a bike, this trip will be too much for you, but those with basic bike control will be totally fine!

    The mountain bike camp helps develop many skills.We’ll cover trail riding vs other types of riding, care and maintenance of the bike, bike packing and multi day bike tripping, trail riding on different types of terrain, safety on the trail, and backcountry living skills.

    One youth is $825.Two youth (registered at same time) $1,550

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