is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada
called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain
ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
Wilderness Adventures - Apr., Week One/2013
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The Rainbow Mountian Hiking Trip
have often wondered what it would be like to go on a pack
trip in this country, or better yet, a hiking pack trip.
I love this new idea of a horse assisted hiking
trip! Ive often thought that the only downfall
of a good long hiking trip is that you can only go so
far before you have to turn back in order to enjoy your
own comfy mattress for the night, or you have to camp
out, and you can only pack so much on your back for that.
So while the hiking might be tremendous, the weight limitations
does not necessarily mean a comfortable nights sleep
or a gourmet meal when you have to carry everything yourself.
But now? Wow
what some of our trail ride operators
have to offer here is just the cats meow. You
get to hike, and the horses do the pack!
Rainbow Mountain Outfitting is just one such operator
and Ill tell you, if I can get this hip where
I want it to be, I am going to somehow hook up with
these folks sometime in the near future. I have done
nothing but look at photos of the Rainbow Range with
longing over the years but you can only get so far under
your own steam, and carrying a big pack
. You just
cant investigate as much country.
The Dorsey family has been guiding in the Rainbow
Mountains in Tweedsmuir Park for generations
and Dave Dorseys connections to the country go
back to long before there was such a thing as a park.
This family run operation offers five, seven, or ten
day trips to the fabulous volcanic formations that make
up the Rainbow Range. And the cool part about being
able to use horses is that the longer trips out gives
time for an extended exploration of the park and the
opportunity to visit some of the more remote peaks,
ridges and valleys.
The folks that take trail riders and hikers out have
lived and worked in the wilderness all their lives (Yep,
I know all the girls and they certainly know their stuff!)
and as the owners of Rainbow Mountain Outfitters state,
they freely share their enthusiasm and knowledge of
the geology and history of Tweedsmuir Park using experienced
mountain horses. Oh, and you get to enjoy some
exceptional cuisine without having to haul it on your
On request, Joyce Dorsey was kind enough to send me
a write up by one of her guests, Jim Gillingham, that
went out with a group of hikers on a horse assisted
pack trip last fall and Im reprinting it here
for those of you that think you would like to give this
were a large group of 14 hikers and had chosen the seven-day
option to hike the Rainbow Range. The hiking was awesome.
Starting each day, we progressed through acres of multi-coloured
wildflowers, before ascending through the trees. We
spent most of the time above the tree-line enjoying
the scenic panoramas. At the summits, we had magnificent
views of snow-capped mountains seemingly going on forever.
For most of us, the highlight of the trip was on the
fourth day when we reached the coloured strata of the
Rainbow Range. Scree-skiing down was unbelievable
taking just a few minutes to descend what had taken
us nearly 1½ hrs hard effort to ascend.
Another highlight occurred on the sixth day when we
bathed in the pools above a six-meter waterfall, a short
walk from the campsite. Our guide was excellent, tailoring
each days hiking to be within our capabilities
- we hiked an average of under 6½ hours each
day, including lunch and water breaks. We were supported
by 20 horses, travelling separately. They not only carried
our tents and gear, but also the food, cooking equipment
and everything else we required including a chain
saw and axes, for cutting firewood.
An army marches on its stomach and hikers are really
no different. Our cook was outstanding and the food
excellent wholesome, tasty and plentiful. We
camped at three different locations - each well chosen
with adequate space and firm, dry ground for our tents,
close proximity to clean running water, availability
of wood for the campfire and ample grazing for the horses.
Clearly, the week had been carefully planned, meticulously
prepared and well executed, to leave us with beautiful
memories of a wonderful, unforgettable experience."
There are more excerpts by guests that you can find at
Outfitting Guest Perspectives
I am trying to figure out how to get some of the amazing
photos on here large enough so that you can really see
them. Ill put one on Picture
of the Day
so make sure to check that out!
Seriously, what an adventure that would be. Someday....
The Little Fox
weather is really not good. It rained for
the past couple of days. Actually, it misted for a couple
of days. Just enough to really take down the snow but
it also brought the frost out of the ground so our road
is much more muddy than it was. This morning we
woke up to a skiff of snow on the ground and after
receiving an email from folks in Puntzi saying they just
got a good dump of snow overnight, I considered us to
have gotten off lucky. Not so. The weather was coming
out of the south and west with blue sky coming in, when
the wind suddenly switched and big, nasty, black clouds
started moving in from the east. Thats never
a good sign for us. Sure enough, we had just started out
on a walk with the dogs when it started to hail corn snow
and continued to do so for pretty much the whole walk.
It didnt turn into big, fat, furry snow flakes
until later this afternoon which thankfully, have not
started building up yet. But I would not be surprised
to see a fair bit of snow on the ground tomorrow and Ill
be very happy if I dont!
Our temperatures have actually stayed pretty consistent
with them not dropping that much below freezing at night
and 4C or less above freezing during the day with mostly
low cloud and little sun to be seen. It looks like one
system after another is coming in from the Pacific and
giving us a decided contrast to the glorious week of weather
we enjoyed leading up to and through the Easter weekend.
Oh well, that's April for you.You never, ever
know what you're going to get.
We saw a sad sight on the back trail today. A small
red fox lay dead along the trail. It didnt
look to be that old, was in excellent condition with not
a mark on it, and since it wasnt terribly stiff,
it probably died overnight or this morning. Theres
no way of telling what it died of but it seemed a shame
to leave such a pretty creature there for the ravens and
eagles to fight over so we called a trapping friend to
see if he can make use of the animal.
I heard a fox screeching the night before last so
I wonder if it was that animal, or was it young
enough to be kicked out by its Mom and it was her screeching
with mating? Or was it run hard until it just couldn't
run anymore? Two days ago we saw three Indian dogs running
across the lake and it looked like they were after something.
Andy halted them with calls for a few minutes but once
they passed out of sight, I saw a fox going hell
bent for election and in the opposite direction from the
island to the eastern shore. It seems likely either
he was being chased and doubled back or just decided to
clear out of dodge because there was a pack of dogs around.
I suppose its possible that a young fox might have
been running for so long that he just dropped over dead
even though he outran the dogs. Or he may have starved,
although his body condition looked good. We kind
of looked for talon marks in his neck in case he was picked
up by an eagle, because there are loads around
right now, but no sign. I guess our trapping friend will
let us know. He thought perhaps poison, but that seems
highly unlikely for around here unless the little guy
got into something like antifreeze by accident. I suppose
thats always possible. Its a shame but thats
life and death. I still hate to see it, though.
Everything is coming alive in the woods now and we often
scare up grouse on the back trail. The last time we scared
up a pair, one was a cock with a bright red comb so I
guess we know what they were doing. :-) The squirrels
are coming out now and the woods are full of the sounds
of birds and the chatter of Flickers.
Youll find the last week's of blog at March
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
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room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
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