Monday, June 13, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

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Self reliance is a big part of living off the land. Being able to craft something from nothing, using your hands and the natural materials around you is often vital in surviving in the wilderness and living at the Ranch at Chilcotin Holidays is no different to that. Our remote location and our closeness with the environment around us is part of what makes Chilcotin so unique and building sustainable structures and utilizing natural resources is an essential part of our lifestyle.

Our main resource on the ranch is of course timber. Being surrounded by Douglas fir we have a plentiful supply of timber and take full advantage of this when it comes to the design and layout of the ranch. From our beautifully crafted log cabin to our sturdy barn, all the way to the endless number of log fences surrounding the property. Timber is one of the most rewarding materials to work with and in this environment, is also one of the most efficient.

Although strong and reliable, timber it is not impervious to the weather and from time to time we need to perform running repairs around the ranch. After a couple of successful escape attempts by a few brave horses, we decided that it was time to check the boundaries and reinstate some of the weather worn fences to their former glory. Choosing the right log to fit the existing structure is easier than first thought. By carefully eyeing the log we manage to work with the natural line of timber and don't have to make too many adjustments to the wood itself. With a few easy swings of the axe, we take a notch out of each end to fit the newly fashioned railing to the existing fence.

We step back from our work and admire the newly constructed fence. There is definitely a feeling of self accomplishment that comes with working with your hands and knowing that the horses will no longer be able to escape off into the next paddock, makes the hard work all worth while.

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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