Fees, Clothing and Equipment


Due to the high level of course delivery, the high instructor-student ratios used, and the associated costs with operating a program of superior quality, tuition and activity fees for the program average $12,000 - $14,000 per year for domestic students. This may vary with individual student course selection and the number of activity courses chosen.

International applicants should read about fees on the International Students page. Costs are approximately $18,000 - $24,000 per year, depending on field course choices.

Included within the costs for the program are national and provincial association exams and certifications, backcountry hut and lodge accommodation, helicopter flights, equipment use, high instructional ratios, TRU tuition costs, course transportation, campsite fees, etc.

Student loans are available for this program. Students must apply to the student loan organization in their province of residence.

Additional costs

Students will incur additional costs for acquiring food and and accommodation while in Kamloops and on course trips, purchasing or renting personal equipment, and purchasing textbooks and maps. There may also be additional costs on the self-directed expeditions.

  • Personal expenses
  • Trip food
  • Avalanche kit
  • Student equipment
  • Self-incurred expedition costs
  • Student association fees
  • Building levy
  • Student activity fee

Clothing and equipment

The Adventure Studies Department manages an equipment bay with an extensive stock of rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, rafting, skiing, avalanche, mountaineering, rescue and camping equipment. Adventure Program students have access to the use of this extensive equipment resource.

Students are required to provide their personal clothing and equipment, a list of which is provided below. You may or may not need all of the items on the list depending upon your stream of study in the program.


  • Wind/waterproof/breathable shell parka and pants
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece jacket
  • Woolen/fleece mitts/gloves
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Thin wool or polypropylene gloves
  • Woolen/fleece hats and balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Long underwear bottoms and underwear tops (mid-weight & expedition weight)
  • Down jacket or parka
  • Insulated Pants (down or synthetic)
  • Layers (fleece or wool jackets, sweaters, vest, underwear, etc.)
  • Running shoes (one older for boating, one good pair)
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Synthetic or silk underwear
  • Sun hat with wide brim
  • Sunglassess


  • Trail eating utensils (unbreakable bowl, cup, spoon, etc.)
  • Water bottle (2 wide mouth plastic bottles)
  • Pocket knife, personal first aid kit
  • Glacier glasses (spare pair)
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Compass (Silva Ranger)
  • Sleeping pad (Ensolites and/or Thermarest)
  • Pack (large, well-built internal frame pack)
  • Sleeping bag (for summer and/or winter use)
  • Four — 11 mm Locking Carabiners
  • Ten — 10 mm open Carabiners
  • Eleven metres — 7 mm Static Rope
  • Adjustable avalanche probe ski poles

Other, depending on courses selected

  • Sturdy multi-day hiking boots
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Telemark or mountaineering skis with boots, adjustable poles, bindings, and skins
  • Other specialized gear


  • Lightweight hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Pogies or Neoprene gloves (hand covers for paddling)
  • Neoprene booties or socks
  • Drysuit or Dry top
  • Bivi sack
  • Sleeping bag overbag