About Us

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Mark Chapin is a retired US Air Force officer and has taught outdoor skills to youth and adults for over thirty years. He brought his military training, backcountry survival expertise and his passion for outdoor education to Canaan Valley WV in 2015. What started as a weekend wilderness skills program for youth and adults at a local church soon turned into an opportunity to offer more comprehensive outdoor learning experiences and training at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The main thrust was to better prepare visitors for surviving in the back country and the region’s wilderness areas. Mountaineer Wilderness now offers dozens of classes, hikes, and courses available for youth and adults. Programs are conducted at Canaan Valley State Park Resort WV, Cacapon State Park WV and in Northern VA.

Mr Guinness enjoying a break from an exciting day of wilderness survival training.

Mr Guinness enjoying a break from an exciting day of wilderness survival training.