Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Trail Ride – B & F Camp

Each season as Winter passes and the trees spring back to life, the anticipation to get out on the trails and explore the newly uncovered landscape is almost palpable. As the weather warms up and the snow melts, our adventures take us higher into the mountains, discovering the wonders that have been hidden by a blanket of snow all Winter.

Recently I was lucky enough to accompany the first guide school of the season as they headed off to clear and conquer the B & F trail ride. The steep climb departing from the ranch winds its way up the valley to one of Chilcotin Holiday's closest established camps. The exhilaration of setting off on a new trail, heading into an unknown territory, rippled through the group and it was obvious that we were all excited to be embarking on a real Canadian wilderness adventure.

We followed the winding trail that made its way through the fir trees, moving always upwards. Our trusty horses seemed to enjoy the challenge and eagerly made their way through the forest towards our final destination. The trail was relatively easy to navigate, however at certain points, we needed to deviate from our intended route as we encountered a natural barrier or two. Rounding a bend in the trail we came across a large, fallen tree blocking our path. Without hesitation our guide quickly dismounted her horse and went to inspect the damage. The tree had come down during the Winter break and was too large to move by hand. Luckily we had packed a chainsaw for just this type of thing, so without too much fuss, our second guide made quick work of the dead tree and cleared a path for our horses to move through.

After crossing an icy stream, we noticed the weather take a change for the worse. At first we thought it was rain and quickly rushed to get our waterproofs on. After a minute we noticed the water turn to ice, and realized that it was in fact snowing. Coming from a country where snow is a rarity (yes we do have some snow in Australia!) it was a rather unique experience, to be riding through the South Chilcotin Mountain Park during a light snow fall. We continued up the mountain, our horses not seeming to notice the sharp decline in temperature, nor the thick blanket of snow which had suddenly appeared underfoot. Unfortunately however, mother nature had other ideas for us, and soon it became apparent that the snow on the ground was too thick to ride through. Turning back towards the ranch we were able to fully appreciate the spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks and enjoyed the sweeping panorama as we returned home for the evening.

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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