Friday, April 29, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Cutting a trail with a chainsaw

Being a pioneer is not always easy, as most people are beating around the bush, we have to beat our way right through it. The machete and a hatchet are the prospectors best friends on his overgrown paths and the horse is his patient mobility. Where the machete breaks, the hatchet jams and the horse is unable to climb over the obstacle, the pioneer sometimes has to use more powerful tools to clear his trail.

In our case a chainsaw was the tool of choice, which we tied on to one of our pack horses as me and my 13 fellow pioneers saddled up for the upcoming adventure. With enough gas and oil in the saddlebags to fall a truckload of timber and tools to sharpen and repair the saw in our saddlebags we were ready to go.

As we ride through the forested trail, the sun burning our faces, other staff members are taking pictures of the strange group, one guy with a chainsaw, about a dozen people with machetes or axes and a few hikers that our on their way for a ride along Gun Creek. Down steep slopes we march, through pine and fir woods, through scrubs and deadfall. As we arrive at the Creek, the first willows and spruce branches are blocking the way, we get the machetes out and guaranty a pleasant ride and enough space on eye level for future riding groups. Like the Pioneers, we are paving the way for whoever comes after us.

The path in front of us between Saskatoonberry and Soopolallie Bushes, we are hindered by a fallen tree, that is too high for the horses to step over. I cut the middle piece out and we are good to go. The underbrush becomes thicker and thicker and we get off the horses more often now to find a way in the cool shadow of fir trees that are growing right next too the babbling creek. With a lot of manpower and a big effort, and we step out of the forest again into the sunlight and with the birds singing around us,we manage to make our way back to the base camp, we are happy to come home.

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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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