Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chilcotin Holidays


It was the middle of October when we journeyed from the Chilcotin Holidays Ranch up to Brett Camp for the pack trip. When we started at the bottom of the mountain it was a crisp Autumn morning, but by the time we arrived at the camp in the early afternoon it seemed like the middle of Winter. There was thick snow on the ground and icicles a meter long fringing the cabin, which itself looked like a Gingerbread House. The scene was like a fairytale, like Narnia, but it quickly became apparent that the beauty of nature here - like the witch in the C.S. Lewis series, hides a power and a cruelty that people cannot hope to control.

The biting cold and rugged landscape tested me constantly, both physically and mentally. Riding bareback was uncomfortable, and at some points terrifying, as sheer scree slopes dropped away into deep valleys of frozen creeks and scrubby trees. 

I became painfully aware of my lack of skills in comparison to my companions, and frustrated by how long it took me to accomplish tasks that others seemed to manage with ease, but through all of it I carried on. I did, quite literally, get back on the horse - often only motivated by my own stubborn resolve to make as much out of this experience as I could - and for every time I kept going when in the past I would have stopped, I learned something.

There is more to me than I thought, and I have reserves of strength and ability that I had never imagined possible before. It wasn’t important that I could not be perfect at something new instantaneously, because with each hour that passed I was getting better, and that was what mattered to me. 

In four days on a freezing cold and beautiful mountain I learned something that 23 years of my normal life had failed to. The world is not divided into things that I can do and things that I cannot do, it is dividing into things I can do, and things that I could do. And that is a lesson that I would gladly suffer through sores and bruises for.

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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