Friday, August 26, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Hiking the B&F Trail


Leaving the ranch and setting out for B&F camp was a thrill. It was day four of my hike pack trip and we were headed out to one of the mountain camps to hone our skills and develop ourselves as mountain guides. The feeling of excitement and anticipation was felt by all and we wondered what we would come across being the first people out to the camp after the winter season.

Once we were a few kilometers from the ranch the trail started to steepen and the climbing became tough, especially with the horses stopping to eat at every opportunity. We finally stopped at one of the meadows allowing the horses to munch on some of the sweet alpine grass and we were able to take in some views. After a short break, we pressed on towards camp. Once we arrived we started working straight away setting up a kitchen, erecting teepees and building our fire.

Fast forward 4 weeks and I’m returning from Eldorado camp after 14 days of hard work in the mountains. We set out on a beautiful Sunday morning from camp and headed back to the ranch. After veering off of the High trail we connected to the north end of the B&F trail. The trail climbed through picturesque alpine meadows and past turquoise lakes that sat below snow capped mountains. The terrain was rugged but beautiful and some of the trail was still covered with snow in late June. We quickly scrambled to the summit where we earned some of the most beautiful sights that I have seen all summer. Mountain tops as far as the eye could see. The sun was shining and the clouds were full of drama, a photographers dream come true. Once over the summit pass we stopped for lunch on one of the south facing slopes that were green and lush with alpine grass. This time, the beauty was enjoyed by all and the thought of sore feet was on no one’s mind.

From the top we could see the B&F camp and the trail home. Rejuvenated and full of energy we started down the trail. First walking and then for some reason we took off running. The trail zig zagged and seemed to pull us down the mountain without effort. Soon it was no longer gravity taking us to the bottom we were continuing on our own steam each taking turns leading the pack.

Before long we reached the ranch. Our ranch mates all came out to greet us and we rode the rocky mountain high for as long as we could before the rest of the group had caught up and we were back to work. The trail at the beginning of the summer was so easily over looked but had now become my favorite trail of the summer and one that I look forward to taking again soon.

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