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Wilderness guide training programs in the Chilcotin Mountains of BC


The overall objective of these horseback riding training programs is to provide the basic working knowledge and practical skills required by a professional guide. It includes many aspects of guide outfitting and adventure tourism such as horse handling, shoeing, packing, horse care, camp preparation, wilderness skills and operational procedures. The programs prepare participants for entry level positions within the guide outfitting industry, adventure tourism, guest ranches, fishing lodges and riding stables. They are also designed for individuals intent on starting their own adventure tourism or guide outfitting business.

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 wilderness guide in the guide outfitting industry and adventure tourism with focus on horse handling. This builds confidence and character, and enables satisfactory production and performance as entry-level guides within the industry. The one and two week programs are 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 (i.e. lead guide, managing or owning your own Guide Outfitter or adventure tourism business).

Ready to take your wilderness adventures to the next level? The advanced wilderness guide training focuses on the skills and advanced backcountry experience that are mandatory for leading high level adventures as a horseback guide. While at the ranch, build your knowledge of wildlife and plant species, and learn how address the unique challenges that different seasons and habitats present. Then put your advanced wilderness skills to the test as you journey with experienced instructors into remote wilderness locations. By riding off trail and spike camping in the backcountry, you’ll gain the awareness, navigational proficiency, and horsemanship skills that are essential for all high level mountain guides. Prerequisite: 1 or 2 week Wilderness Guide Training or the equivalent in both horse and wilderness experience.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Wilderness Guide Training
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your instructors are experienced and professional. They are very knowledgeable of the local terrain. Training programs are registered with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia.

RESTRICTIONS

Prerequisite for advanced course: 1 or 2 week Wilderness Guide Training or the equivalent in both horse and wilderness experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Biodegradable soap/shampoo, flashlight, batteries, warm sleeping bag to 10 below Celsius, towel/face cloth, empty pillowcase.

5% Wilderness Stewardship Contribution Surcharge applies to all tours.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end at the ranch, near Gold Bridge, BC.  During the summer season take Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler and then Pemberton.  Take the Hurley Pass Forestry Road to the ranch.

Van transfer from Vancouver to the ranch can be included for an additional cost.

WEATHER

This 5,000 square km guide territory lies within a transition zone between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau.  This favoured position produces a "rainshadow".  This means sunny skies and a dry bug-free environment.

REGION
Vancouver, Whistler, and Chilcotin
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Horses/tack, use of ancillary equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Western hat with brim, bandana, rain pants and jacket (no ponchos), comfortable riding pants (jeans), warm jacket (down or wool), long johns, slippers or indoor shoes for ranch, rubber boots or gum boots, 2 pairs of gloves, one for riding, one insulated, 1 pair of socks per day, personal toiletries and clothing.  Bring at least two changes of clothes in case you get wet.  Heavy rain gear is less likely to tear. There are 'taps' on the stirrups for safety and we recommend hiking or work boots for riding.  Rubber boots should be mid-calf.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, insect repellent.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation is a combination of ranch tent cabins and alpine camps.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included.  You will find it hard to believe you are in the wilderness when you are dining on this legendary western fare.  Feed your newfound appetite on unlimited fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of homemade baking, and delicious and hearty main courses.  

7 day tour, available June - August
$1956.00 / per person - CAD
June 17-23, July 1-7, July 29-August 4, August 5-11, August 12-18, August 19-25, 2018.
Jul 08, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018
$1956.00 / per person - CAD
Advanced program.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposits are non-refundable. 90 day cancellation policy.
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