One ride in the South Chilcotins was all it took to for Geoff to know he and his wife, Karen, needed to have a permanent base here. That was in the late 1990’s. He’s been exploring, and introducing others, to this area ever since.
With a diverse skills set gained from a life time of outdoor activities, an emergency response background and work as an instructor in adult education, guiding seemed a natural progression.
His passion for the land, from the forces that formed it, to the plants and animals that inhabit it, is palatable. He like nothing more than in introducing people to our mountains and watching them make a connection.
South Chilcotins and Whistler, BC Canada
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – H.D Thoreau
Why the backcountry?
The connection with our natural world, and for me, the real magic is the alpine. The beauty consistently numbs me: lofted to the summits, beyond where trees grow, the views become endless. Physically able, we are privileged to visit this harsh environment: home to so many durable species that make our efforts to access pale, by comparison.
Most magical backcountry experience:
Some years ago, while on a traverse, I set up camp on a high ridge. With late afternoon light and the Coast Mountains as a backdrop, I took a picture. It ended up on an Israeli couple’s wedding invitation.
The backcountry teaches us many things: in this case, a lesson in connectivity. Not just the lesson to me in the moment, of my place in the larger world, but the connections between my actions and others in the world, and the interconnections made possible by the internet.
What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry:
Mushroom foraging, trail work, nature photography, biking, skiing, blues and roots music and growing vegetables.
Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:
Always an Adventure!