Preparing for your trip.

Lets set expectations.

We imagine the glorious sunsets, the amazing wildlife, the beautiful lakes, the sounds of the breeze or sea but is that what you can expect? Media has a way of distorting reality sometimes so let's set it straight!

Read on so you can ready for your trip, know what to expect and come well prepared!

 

 

 

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What can you expect? 

Pictures of smiles, sunsets and wildlife dominate the media of what we see. But is that really what it's all like? No, media leaves out the hard parts. 

 
 

If it wasn't worth it, we'd be out of business.

Without rain, there would be no rainbows.

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Without effort there is no accomplishment

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It's not about masochism but about taking the low moments for what they are and relishing in the good moments.

 

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Rain or shine, our trips run nonetheless.

Read on to make sure you come ready to make the most out of any situation.

Tenting

All our trips involve sleeping in tents. Our tents are comfortable, light, and dry. They are top-of-the-line 4 season tents with plenty of room. You will be 2-3 per tent depending on the trip difficulty. Though some folks are deterred by aspects of camping, it's an incredible experience that gets you closer to the environment you're in with the versatility of going anywhere. We would even go so far as to say that camping, or outdoor living, is a dying skill in todays environments of hardshell campers and hotels. Don't worry, we'll teach you all the tricks to being comfy. 

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Food

Our backcountry meals are designed and prepared by us to be healthy, tasty and give you the caloric intake needed for your trip. Depending on trip type the food will either be cooked by the guides or by you (with coaching). When possible, we will harvest fresh wild-edibles to incorporate into the meals.

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We can usually accommodate simple dietary requirements such as vegetarian or gluten free but due to the nature of backcountry cooking, there may be some limitations in our ability to accommodate dietary requirements.

Wildlife

 

 

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Wildlife is a big part of our excursions and ensuring our safety and that of the wildlife is our priority.

Bears

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Encounters with a bear, either grizzly and black bears, is possible on any of our trips. Many of our trips pass through prime bear habitat and so we adopt practices to avoid bear conflict.

This includes:

  • safely storing food
  • guides equipped with bear spray
  • safe travel practices
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Other wildlife

is a pleasure to see. You can guarantee there will be some sort of fauna along your route, which type depend on location, seasonality and ultimately, chance.

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Logistics

 

 

 

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Just because we're working hard on our end, doesn't mean you don't have to. 

Fitness

Please make sure you are fit to travel when you come on the trips. We're not talking elite athletes but still capable of holding a steady (slow or fast) pace all day with a moderate to heavy pack. If you feel the pack weight is a large restriction, contact us about having a porter or guide carry equipment for an extra fee.

Organization

At the start of the trip we'll take ~2 hours to sort gear, go over the trip, pack efficiently and divvy out group gear. Please make sure your pack can accommodate group gear and please double/triple check that you've come prepared with items on the list. Have questions? Contact us!

Equipment

Each trip will have specific equipment on the list, so be sure to check the trip info page. However, here is a generic list of equipment for all our expeditions that you can then add or subtract from depending on the trip. All clothing should be synthetic or merino wool. No cotton. 

Clothing:

  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat or toque
  • Bug net or shirt (optional)
  • Rain shell
  • Primary warm insulating layer
  • Secondary insulating layer
  • Base layer shirt (1 or 2)
  • Thermal shirt (optional)
  • Sports Bra (female)
  • Light gloves
  • Rain pants (recommended)
  • Hiking pants with belt
  • Light shorts, tights or thermals (optional)
  • Underwear (2-3 pairs/week)
  • Sleeping socks (light)
  • Hiking socks (2 pairs, heavy)
  • Gaitors (recommended)
  • Sturdy Hiking boots (broken in already!)
  • Sturdy camp footwear (recommended)

Gear:

  • Sleeping pad
  • -5C Sleeping bag w/ stuff sack (synthetic insulation recommended for Coast trips)
  • Light inflatable pillow or stuff sack (optional)
  • Large pack (60L for adult trips, 80L for outdoor education trips)
  • Garbage compactor bag or pack rain-cover
  • Hiking pole (at least 1 is highly recommended)

Miscellaneous

  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Multitool (optional)
  • Earplugs
  • Food container, lunch bag and utensils  
  • Water bottle (2L capacity- we provide water purification tablets)
  • Bug repellent (optional)
  • Personal blister/first aid kit
  • Toileteries*
  • female hygiene products (we highly recommend Diva cups to avoid waste)**
  • Camera (optional)

*Some trips do not use toilet paper for environmental reasons.

**Any female hygiene products must be packed out if burning is not possible. 

Travel

Please make sure to be able to coordinate your own travel logistics to our meeting place. This may mean air travel or driving to the trailhead. Don't worry, all road will be 2wd accessible and we'll help you coordinate carpooling. Contact us if you need extra help coordinating travel.

 

We look forward to having you on the trail!