Friday, September 9, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Building a Fence


Everything about Chicoltin Holiday's is unique. From the shuttle ride for 6 hours from Vancouver to Gold Bridge in the South Chicoltin Mountains to the outstanding experience of riding horses in the South Chicoltin Mountain Park on horses. Only Chicoltin Holiday's provides challenges and opportunities like the one's we overcame and enjoyed during our log fence building training.

The horses at the Ranch are free in the wildereness and can graze wherever they want around the guide territory. In order to get the horses back for a pack trip to the mountains, the guides have to fetch them from the range, which is quite a challenging endeavour since the only restrictions are the fences along the roads which are built to prevent the horses from crossing roads and getting hurt.

Building those log fences, each panel being four fresh and heavy pine logs 15 feet long, is physically and mentally challenging. Tree's need to be fallen, fallen trees need to be limbed and notches have to be carved into them, logs are dragged into place and assembled and blocks placed underneath to prevent the logs from rotting. The logs have to be placed interchangebly on top of each other and after these steps, wired together. It takes hours to create all those fences which is all done by the staff at Chicoltin Holiday's in the sunshine of the summer season.

On our first day at the ranch we were lucky enough to see staff working on the new log fence and on our request we were educated and motivated to help. Because of these exceptional experiences, the Guest Ranch in the Bridge River Valley is an exceptional place. Our dreams came true, we were included in the ranch lifestyle, enjoyed the amazing oportunity to learn how to build a log fence and we helped to improve the Ranch's infrastructure which guaranteed another safe summer season for grazing horses in the South Chicoltin Mountain Park.

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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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