Wild Sky is excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser for the University of Washington, Roz Schuessler Memorial Fund. The fund provides financial support for students in the Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) program who are experiencing crisis and in need of assistance. As part of our commitment to giving back to the community, we are organizing a day of canyoneering with CEP students and alumni and donating all net proceeds from this day to the fund. This is a unique opportunity to join us for a thrilling adventure while also supporting a worthy cause.
Wild Sky Adventure Guides was started by Sam Keller, a CEP alumni from the class of ‘08. He even has a tattoo of the CEP tree on his shoulder! Sam took up canyoneering soon after leaving the UW and has been guiding in various locations his entire professional life. You can read more about his biography here. Sam always felt a close connection to Roz, and when he heard about the CEP memorial fund he knew that he wanted to do something to support her legacy. During his time at CEP he experienced crisis multiple times and Roz was always there to help, it is fitting that her CEP legacy is helping students in need.
The day starts when you meet your guide at 8am at the meetup location indicated in your booking confirmation email; near Snoqualmie Pass.
After a short drive to the trailhead we will park and begin the adventure. Here, your guide will provide you with all the safety equipment that you will need and help you to pack it in the provided bags.
Pay attention! Before you leave the parking lot, you will receive an in-depth safety briefing.
The adventure begins with a moderately difficult hike. Depending on the canyon chosen for the day you will hike around 1.5 miles and gain about 1500 feet of elevation!
The vast majority of the hiking is on a well established trail.
Once you arrive at the canyon you will put on your wetsuit, store your personal gear, and prepare your technical equipment before descending into the canyon.
Pay Attention! You are about to receive another safety briefing!
NOTE: Booking over the phone will save you money. Fareharbor, our booking software charges a 6% fee to book online. Give us a call at (206)905-9385 to book by phone.
Wild Sky guides in the Snoqualmie Corridor of I-90 between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass.
Upon booking you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the important details for getting ready for the trip, and 48 hours leading up to the trip your guide will be in touch with you to confirm meet up location and time so that there is no confusion the morning of your adventure.
A trip with Wild Sky is an all inclusive experience. Our lead guides have been trained to the highest standards of internationally recognized certifications. They are trained Wilderness First Responders who always carry an extensive First Aid Kit and emergency communication equipment.
When you book a trip with us we will provide you with all the gear needed to move through the canyon. We will fit you with an industry leading quick-dry wetsuit from Seland, a harness with attached carabiners and rappel device, a helmet, a backpack and a dry bucket to store your food.
The most important thing that you can bring on a Wild Sky adventure is a Positive Attitude and a readiness to exert yourself physically for the day.
Canyon appropriate clothes includes lightweight, non-cotton, long pants, a non-cotton shirt, and a pair of durable shoes with good grip (vibram soles preferable) that you don't mind getting wet!
To keep your attitude positive and your body moving you are going to want to bring enough food and at least 2 liters of water to keep you on the move for the duration of your adventure.
Please bring an extra pair of glasses or contacts with you on your trip. Leave them in your dry bucket so that you have them if you lose yours in the canyon. Please bring glasses straps to secure your glasses in the canyon.
Prior experience canyoneering is not necessary for any of our adventure challenges.
The Canyon Adventure Challenge and the Weekend Escapes! were designed with beginners in mind!
The High Adventure Challenge is also appropriate for beginners, but the challenge requires more resiliency and physical fitness than the other trips. Honestly evaluate yourself and every member of the trip before signing up for this challenge if you have never been canyoneering before.
Seattle area Wild Sky Challenges meet up outside of North Bend at 8:30 AM.
We have designed our challenges to last around 6 - 8 hours, so expect to finish around 2:30 - 4:30 PM.
Tips are not mandatory, but are very much appreciated by your guides.
Guiding is considered a service industry profession. Most people tip around the same percentage as they would tip at a restaurant.