Learn the skills to become a professional hiking guide on this hiking guide training program in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia. This program is intended to teach a person how to guide hikers on "horse supported" adventures where gear is transported by pack horse. The course content includes terrain variations, flora and fauna education, camp preparation, packing a horse, shoeing a horse, hobbling, staking, guest abilities and limitations and operational procedures. The program prepares participants for entry level positions within the guide outfitting industry, adventure tourism, guest ranches, or fishing lodges.
Outdoor Adventure Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. The overall objective of this program is to provide participants with a solid base of combined working knowledge and practical skills to be a hiking guide in the guide outfitting industry and adventure tourism. This builds confidence and character, and enables satisfactory production and performance as entry-level guides within the industry.
The one week program is intense and designed for individuals intent on learning and developing the basic skills, knowledge and attitudes that are required by a professional guide. It is designed for those seriously interested in a career within guiding, and is applicable for individuals with specific goals. Training objectives include the business of tourism, use and care of horses, safety and survival, backcountry living and wildlife and angling.
The programs combine theoretical and practical training. Each training objective is achieved under guided supervision and time is allocated for individual practice and study. The first half of the Program is based out of the ranch, where theoretical and practical training is provided in a controlled environment. The last half is spent in base camps where the students go out hiking and have first hand experience by applying their newly learned skills to the "real thing".