Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Alpine Riding

Pedal, pedal, climb, climb. Get out of your comfort zone and get up into the mountains and into the alpine. My Recent 2 - 3 hour and even 4 hour accents have all been worth it to find myself on amazing backcountry alpine trails with my bike. Bike touring in the mountains has been becoming more and more popular with the advent of bike packs and new bike technologies unfolding every year but recently I have been combining 17th and 21st century technologies to get me out into the mountains with ease. Horse power, actual horse power allows me to save plenty of energy for day rides between alpine huts through alpine meadows that are exploding with summer wildflower blooms.

Some water, food and a few supplies is all you really want to carry while climbing over high mountain passes if you still want to be able to enjoy the singletrack in the backcountry. So, I have been using horses to pack in supplies ahead of me and my guests. Native Cayuse horses of the Chilcotin mountains, like Alaskan Huskies, are strong, sure footed and love to work which makes them the perfect accompaniment to any traveler in the backcountry. Although, side by side the horses are a little afraid of seeing mountain bikers, once a little distance is set between them, the two are a perfect pair. A biker can get ahead of the horses on the flats and descents but you better believe that the horses will make up ground on the climbs. This allows bikers to head out for the days ride unencumbered by heavy gear and supplies and when arriving at the next camp your gear is already there with a fire roaring with some tea or coffee while you wait for a full protein packed supper and some time to reminisce about the days adventures. The pack guide has been at camp for a few hours and set up camp, fed the horses, built the fire and prepared supper before you even arrive. The freedom to roam in the backcountry without the burden of carrying your gear leaves you free to explore further and to see more of Canada’s pristine untouched wilderness.

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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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