About Us

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Mark Chapin is a retired US Air Force officer and has taught outdoor skills to others over the last thirty years. He brought his expertise and his passion for outdoor education to Canaan Valley WV in 2015. What started as a small outdoor program at Canaan Valley Baptist Church soon turned into an opportunity at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Mark and his wife Bridget, an elementary school principal, collaborated on materials and teaching techniques to provide programs for visitors to the region’s wilderness areas to better prepare themselves for surviving in the back country. 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 Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County VA. We hope you’ll come join us and our hiking buddy Mr Guiness for some outdoor fun and learning.

 Mr Guinness enjoying a break during class

Mr Guinness enjoying a break during class