Thompson Rivers University

Terry Palechuk

Name: Terry Palechuk
Position: Co-Chair, Adventure Studies
Phone: 250-371-5844


I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do: work, teach, and play in the outdoors. Although my primary fields are winter (Skiing and avalanche studies) and classroom (engaging with students at all levels), my goal is to bring value to the time, money and energy students spend engaging in the Adventure Studies program. Our unique program offerings are positioned to keep myself engaged in continuing to deliver a unique program at the highest level possible.

Outside of the program I enjoy family time and spending lots of time on my road bike cycling through our awesome countryside (and participating in a few races each year)

Research Interests

Research interests are primarily around sense of place and motivations (participants and facilitators) in wilderness settings. The idea is to explore why we do what we do in the wilderness; what makes it a desirable vehicle for our activities and or business?


Cape Breton University
MBA: Community Economic Development
Awarded Governor General Gold Medal: Highest Academic Standing in a Graduate Program

University of Alberta
Bachelor of Physical Education: Major in Outdoor Education


Jamieson, B. and Palechuk, T. (2018). Backcountry avalanche awareness (9th ed.). Snowline Associates Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ISBN 978-0-9696611-3-9 This has been released as an e-book

Reid, R. and Palechuk, T. (2017): Place relationships in a wilderness setting: An analysis of two mountaineering camps in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Leisure/Loisir : Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies

Palechuk, T. (2017): Winter backcountry leader (avalanche); Field Handbook. The Alpine Club of Canada. Canada ISBN: 978-0-920330-67-8: National training module consisting of: Student Handbook, Lesson plans (25), instructor schedule, PLAR and Student evaluation

Reid, R. and T Palechuk (2016): Two Canadian Mountaineering Camps: participant motivations and sense of place in a wilderness setting. In Richins, H. & Hull, J. (Eds.), Mountain Tourism: Experiences, Communities, Environments and Sustainable Futures. Boston, MA: CABI

Reid, R and T. Palechuk. (2015) ???Two Canadian Mountaineering Camps: participant motivations and sense of place in a wilderness setting???. Poster Presentation. Thinking Mountains Conference, Jasper Alberta, May 5-8, 2015

Other Work:

Reid, R and T. Palechuk. (2015) ???Two Canadian Mountaineering Camps: participant motivations and sense of place in a wilderness setting???. Poster Presentation. Thinking Mountains Conference, Jasper Alberta, May 5-8, 2015

Reid, R. and Palechuk, T. (2015): Two Canadian Mountaineering Camps: Commodification of a wilderness experience (in progress)

University of Applied Management (UAM) ??? Germany: Developed a graduate course for a proposed joint Masters program between TRU and UAM (2014)
o Course Title: Adventure Sport and Society

Palechuk, T (2013) Masters Thesis: Kamloops Tournament Capital Centre, Recreational Infrastructure: A Socio-Economic Perspective. Cape Breton University. Sydney Nova Scotia, Canada

Work Reviewed

Reviewer (2018) Avalanche Skills Training 1: Student Handbook. Avalanche Canada. Updated national training program student handbook (to be published and implemented November 2018)

Reviewer (2016) Managing Avalanche Terrain: Avalanche Canada. Part of working group reviewing a new public national avalanche education module (published and implemented Fall, 2016)

Reviewer (2015) Avalanche Skill Training 1: Avalanche Canada. Part of working group conduction curriculum review of a national public introductory avalanche training program (published and implemented Fall 2015)

Workshops and Seminars:

Presenter: Canadian Avalanche Association annual spring AGM CPD workshop: Our Classroom and Field Sessions ??? Thoughts and Considerations. May 2018, Penticton, BC

Presenter. Public Avalanche Awareness Information Session. November, 2017. Cycle Logic retail store. Kamloops, BC

Presenter. Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Instructor CPD Workshop. November, 2015, 2016, 2017, Kamloops, BC

Guest Lecturer ??? University of Canberra BC field course: Adventure Sport, Place, and Community Development. June 2014,15,16, 17. Kamloops, BC

Presenter. Backcountry Avalanche Workshop (in conjunction with Avalanche Canada). Free public workshop. November, 2015. Kamloops, BC

Guest Lecturer ??? Algonquin College: Tourism Planning (March 2014 & 15)

Guest Lecturer ADVG 3200 (March 2015). Kamloops, BC

Co-Instructor: Alpine Club of Canada Winter Leadership Program (January 2015), Lake Louise, AB.

Co-Presenter: Thinking Mountains Conference ??? Jasper, AB. May, 2015:
Two Canadian Mountaineering Camps: participant motivations and sense of place in a wilderness setting (Reid, R. & Palechuk, T.)

Poster Presentation prepared poster of above paper findings

Co-Facilitator: Avalanche Canada ??? AGM Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Instructor Meeting ??? co facilitator with program coordinator). Spring 2012-2018. Penticton, BC

Employment History

Although I am largely mountain focused, my outdoor career began as a raft guide in the 1980's. That transitioned to expedition canoe and raft guiding in the Yukon, North West Territories and Alaska for 7 seasons (the last three of which were in teh rle of Operations Manager for Nahanni River Adventures) before landing a position as Assistant Manager in the Campus Outdoor Centre at the University of Alberta. This position involved delivering non-credit programs as well as managing a large fleet of outdoor rental equipment. By 2000 I moved to Kamloops to begin a new journey. 2000 to 2008 was working as co-coordinator of the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide program. 2008 to present has been in a teaching role in the Adventure Studies Department in all of our credentials: Adventure Guide Certificate, Adventure Guide Diploma and Adventure Major in the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree program.

Courses Taught

I have taught a variety of courses in the Adventure program. Field courses typically involve hiking and backpacking, canoeing, and of course ski touring and avalanche training. Classroom courses have included leadership, expedition and wilderness travel topics in the Certificate and Diploma. In the degree program I teach adventure business courses with various applications including; nature Based Community Development, Business Applications for Adventure and Eco Tourism, International Adventure Business.

Professional Affiliations

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Ski Guide, Hiking Guide, Climbing Gym Instructor

Canadian Avalanche Association ??? Professional Member

Paddle Canada Lake water Canoe Instructor Trainer

Avalanche Canada: Board of Directors Member (Director at large)

Avalanche Canada: Instructor Training Committee Chair

Backcountry Lodges of BC: Board of Directors (Director at large)


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