Legendary Wilderness Adventures in British Columbia and Yukon
Chilkoot Trail: Our Chilkoot Trail guided hike offers the hiker a sense of the challenge, anticipation, and danger which confronted the men and women of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. (Continue to Chilkoot page)
Nootka Island Trail: Nootka Island guided hike is a remote coastal hike with unspoiled beaches, few, if any, hikers, a fabulous assortment of mammal, bird and marine wildlife, important historical significance, and has many outstanding scenic rewards. (Continue to Nootka Island page)
Tombstone Mountains: During our Tombstone Mountains hiking trip, you will be struck by the jagged pinnacles of the Tombstone Mountains as they stand in stark contrast with the landscape of sub-arctic/alpine tundra and boreal forest that surround them. (Continue to Tombstone page)
West Coast Trail: The West Coast Trail hike, along Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, originated as a lifesaving trail to assist shipwrecked mariners to safety at the turn of the last century. (Continue to WCT page)
TRIP DEMANDS – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Hiking trips range from easy to challenging, yet not beyond the average person’s ability to undertake if they have prepared for the physical demands.
Rating hikes is not an exact science. Most will possess easy to strenuous sections. The caveat being that one hiker’s easy is another’s strenuous. The following hopes to give a sense of what to expect:
Easy: well maintained trails and/or mostly flat terrain.
Moderate: mostly good trails, with significant elevation changes of a gradual nature or short but strenuous.
Strenuous: will contain some or all of following conditions: off trail hiking, creek/river crossings, rough terrain, significant elevation changes, long hiking days.
If your question is not answered here, contact our office.
Q: How much weight will I have to carry?
This is usually the first question on most people’s mind. And, it is difficult to give a blanket response, as many variables come into play. The number of days, where you are hiking, how many are in the group, what personal gear you bring, will all affect the weight you carry. As the guides carry most of the gear, you will have approximately 30-40 lbs (14-20 kg] to carry.
Q: Do I share in carrying the group equipment?
Our guides carry most of the group equipment such as pots/pans, stoves, tarps, major first aid kit, repair kit, fuel, kitchen set, bear spray, phone/radios. You may be asked to help with an item.
Q: How difficult are the hikes?
It is not simple to rate hikes, as most all will possess easy to strenuous sections, and one person’s easy is another’s strenuous. We have opted to rate the hikes by their overall character.
Q: What type of shape do I have to be in?
Because of the very physically demanding nature of hiking, you should be fit. We will supply you with a conditioning program to help you. Failure to adequately prepare will not only compromise your safety and enjoyment of the hike, but will also impact others in your group.
Q: When is the best time to do a trip?
We schedule all of our trips to coincide with the best weather for the area. Coastal hikes are always susceptible to rain and in the mountains evening temperatures can drop to freezing, especially in late season. You should be prepared with the right equipment and clothing for all extremes.
Q: What are your guides’ qualifications?
Our guides have a keen interest in the outdoors, love their work, and enjoy sharing their knowledge. They are seasoned backpackers and possess wilderness first aid. They possess backgrounds in areas such as natural and cultural history, photography and low impact wilderness travel.
Q: What is the size of your groups?
Maximum of ten participants and 2 guides. A small group minimizes impact on the areas we visit, allows more individualized attention, develops group bonding, and better ensures safety.
Q: Can I join your expedition if I’m alone?
Yes, as many persons come to us on their own. Most groups consist of couples, singles and friends traveling together.