Friday, November 6, 2015

Chilcotin Holidays

Five Ante Meridiem - Mountain Biking in BC

The peak of the summer season is coming up which means that all the bikes need to be in pristine condition and ready for the hills. This often means that they're inspected, taken apart, repaired (and most importantly) road/trail tested. To test the bikes we take them out on runs and trails all over our range, making sure that they can handle the toughest environments the Chilcotin mountains can throw at them.

We started our testing on the trail at the back of our main ranch and followed it over wooden bridges, through winding trails, up and down bobbing hills and round sharp, natural bends. Shortly down this trail we were reminded that we're not in charge of this area. The bears are in charge when you're mountain biking in BC.

Our first encounter was a small black bear up the road from us. We had just stopped to regain our focus and bearings (no pun intended) on a skidder trail when we noticed him further up the way. He noticed us, but gave no heed and carried on up the trail on his morning business.

The other bears that we saw were grazing berries on the skinny trail that we were riding on. We noticed a small grizzly bear cub on the trail. He looked at us, stared for a moment and then ran back into the bush. We thought to escape, we soon found out it was to get the attention of his brother and mother who both appeared on the trail. They only stayed around for a short moment, and then retreated into the bush.

Although these encounters were both very brief, they served as a reminder that we are living and working in bear country and that we should respect them as well as admire them!

If you feel that you'd like to experience the closeness of nature then get in touch and start planning your once in a lifetime, mountain biking in BC vacation!

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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