Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chilcotin Holidays

A happy New Year from the dude ranch!

With the excitement of Christmas behind us, our team at the dude ranch were eagerly looking forward to our New Year's Trip to the beautiful and very secluded Brett Camp up in the Shulaps Mountains. We all had done our best to get in shape during the preceding weeks, taking on the steep ascend to Lover's Bluff loaded with heavy backpacks at least once a week. There was a busy hustle and bustle at the ranch house the night before the 30th as we had decided that it would be the wisest to start the hike through the snow-covered forest and alpine meadows as early as possible as no one knew how much snow exactly we were to face on our way up. Early as we were, we were lucky to sight some Bighorn Sheep, a wolf and an eagle along the way to the trail head. There we left our trucks behind and equipped with snowshoes and skiers or on foot we set out. The day was as beautiful as could be, with the perfect blue sky above and the sun smiling/laughing with us as we enjoyed the view onto the snow-covered landscape and the walk through the white and still forest along the way.


Climbing up the alpine meadow

The hike took us almost twice as long as normally, but once we were above the treeline the alpine meadow did not disappoint our expectations and we walked through knee deep snow until we reached the cabin. Here we were welcomed by a warm fire and tea, which had been prepared by the family of one of the ranch's close friends which had arrived the day before and was to celebrate the start into the New Year with us. After a well deserved lunch we head out again and climbed a nearby hill from which we watched the beautiful sunset.


View down the valley

The next day brought more snow adventures for us and another perfect blue sky.
To reach a nearby ridge we had to walk through waist-deep snow, but every step brought us closer to the stunning view down to the Marshall Lake Valley and the peaks of the Mountain Ranges behind the valley.

From here our group split into two:

One more adventurous one, including our ranch dog Boo, taking on the challenge of climbing up the ridge to the Mountain peak. Where Boo proofed that she indeed is "a human's best friend", as the team of her and our Hiking Guide Kate made it up all the way to the top almost an hour before the rest of the group reached it.


Boo on her Mountain Adventure

While the second group went their own way, following animal tracks and enjoying the wintery scenery at their own pace.


No surprise, our new Hiking Guide Kate was the first to reach the Mountain peak!


Alina following animal tracks

At the end of the day we all came together at our cozy bonfire to share the day's highlights, our future plans and resolutions with each other, reminiscing about the happenings of the last year while roasting marshmallows and enjoying the starry sky above us. What a start into the New Year!
We hope all our readers had an as amazing start into the new year as we did and may it bring all of you many meaningful meetings, opportunities to grow and insights to become the best you can be. May the year be full with warmth and merriment!
Seasons greetings from the dude ranch!

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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