Dale Douglas

Dale Douglas

Owner/ Operator

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Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, Dale’s affinity to explore and connect with the Outdoors came naturally. As a young adult Dale’s love for both flying and biking quickly became focal points. After obtaining his initial pilot’s license at the age of 20 and being mentored by west coasts seasoned veterans, Dale quickly moved thru the various challenges an aviation career presents.  While flying floatplanes and corporate jets he was also kept busy maintaining an elite level of cycling – resulting in a national championship title.

During these years of flying, biking and recreating in the wild, Dale discovered the paradise of the South Chilcotin Mountains and knew he had to share this incredible place with his friends. From this, Tyax Adventures was born and Dale’s dream of combining his love for flight, mountain biking and mountain travel came to light. Today Dale is inspired and driven by his ability to share his passions with the world and see the smiles it puts on faces.

 

Home Town:

Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“My favorite trail is one I haven’t ridden yet.”

 Why the backcountry?

It is where I feel most comfortable. As a young kid I spent most of my free time in the forest. I doubt this will change if I grow up.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

I enjoy creating challenges for myself.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Magnificent Natural Environment

Jane Douglas

Jane Douglas

Owner/ Operator

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Jane lived in England until she was nine, at which point her family moved to Canada – a very welcomed new home, sweet home! Having British Columbia as her new home, Jane marveled at the mountains and was awe-struck by its natural beauty, thus providing foreshadowing to her future of Tyax Adventures. Jane has spent many years sharing her vibrant, fun-loving, and passionate self with young children as an educator, as well as with guests in the service industry. Today Jane feels blessed to have discovered the South Chilcotin Mountains alongside her husband Dale and their two children, who together own and operate Tyax Adventures keeping the business a family run legacy since the1940’s.

Home Town:

South Chilcotins and Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

 Why the backcountry?

The backcountry embraces me. Simply put,  it is my happy place.

Most magical backcountry experience:

They all have a special place in my heart, but what keeps me heading out there is planning the adventures and arriving exhilarated.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Special, Awesome, Fun

Geoff Playfair

Geoff Playfair

Guide

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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.

Home Town:

South Chilcotins and Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“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!

John Ganderton

John Ganderton

Guide

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Growing up in England I developed a passion for the mountains and skiing after a visit to Scotland when I was young. There were many trips to Europe throughout school and university and after more time in the Alps I visited Whistler and Canada in 2005. I moved to the area full time a few years later discovering mountain biking and lucky enough the Chilcotin in my first year, I’ve been hooked on both ever since!

As a teenager I worked as a guide at an outdoor activity center and I’ve always enjoyed seeing peoples’ reactions to new experiences, I’ve spent many years guiding friends and family on numerous summer and winter adventures and also a short time on snowmobiles. Most recently I’ve been lucky enough to combine working on the Whistler Ski Patrol in the winter with guiding in the Chilcotin during the summer.

Home Town

Pemberton, BC, Canada

Telling Quote

“Life is short so enjoy it to the fullest”

Why the backcountry?

I love the sense of how small you feel. The endless peaks, possibilities and views, the beauty of the forest but especially the alpine and how varied the weather can be in such a short space of time!

Most magical backcountry experience

There’s been so many over the years but especially a winter camping trip on Wedge mountain a few years ago with great weather, friends and conditions, also my first overnight bike trip in the Chilcotins and seeing deer pass for the first time

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry?

Skiing powder, biking, friends, my job, soccer, cricket, golf, fishing, beer, my truck, cheese, swimming, sunsets, curry not necessarily in that order, plus lots more!

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures

Amazing, unique, adventures

Bobbi Douglas

Bobbi Douglas

Guide

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Emily Slaco

Emily Slaco

Guide

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A born & raised BC girl, Emily grew up near the ocean but upon graduating University headed straight for the hills.  Ending up in Whistler she discovered mountain biking and quickly fell in love.  Since then Emily has spent as much time on a bicycle as possible riding the bike park, adventuring in BC’s backcountry, competing in local and Enduro World Series events, and exploring around the world on her bike. Emily currently works as a mountain bike coach & guide and loves sharing her passion for mountain biking & adventure with others. A special project of Emily’s are Tyax Adventure’s Ladies Only Camps, she loves helping other females enjoy exploring the backcountry and learning new skills.

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Home Town:

Pemberton, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

 Why the backcountry?

Always something new to see & explore in peaceful serenity.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Hooting & hollering down a sweet strip of singletrack and hearing a pack of wolves respond to our hoots. Our pack of 3 stopped and looked across the ravine to see a pack of 3 wolves on the other bank. We stared at each other for a few moments before we all appreciated each other and moved on.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

I love travel & adventure, exploring new places, seeing, learning & experiencing new things. Being constantly in motion is when I feel the happiest, be it out exploring trails or just out in the garden or cooking a good meal.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Exciting. Fun. Special

Sylvie Allen

Sylvie Allen

Guide

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Austin

Austin

Guide

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Anne Kenedy

Anne Kenedy

Guide

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Troy Knecht

Troy Knecht

Guide

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My job is my passion. The summer of 2017 will be my third exploring the South Chilcotins, having ridden over 100 days the past two seasons. Having the opportunity to ride through the wilderness, and sharing the sheer beauty and vastness of the region with guests is special. In my job I feel the journey very much is the reward. Seeing the myriad of emotions and joy that others experience when riding in the South Chilcotins is very satisfying professionally, along with the opportunity to meet people from all different walks of life from all around the world. My recipe for life is good times on bikes.

Hometown

Pemberton, BC  Canada

Quote or saying that speaks to me

“If every location was given, there would be nothing left to search for.”

Why the backcountry?

It continually provides experiences and landscapes that inspire me

Most magical backcountry experience

Camping atop Eldorado Pass and witnessing the super moon/blood moon/total lunar eclipse in September 2015 was magical

What makes me tick

Time with family and friends

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures

Unforgettable backcountry experiences

Jamie Davidson

Jamie Davidson

Wrangler/ Guide

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Born of the mountains and seduced by the sea, Jamie is a third generation packer in the mountains his Grandfather pioneered. Born in Bralorne, BC he spent his career years battling illiteracy in the classrooms of the Sunshine Coast. Returning each summer to guide/pack for various outfits in the Southern Chilcotin provided an emotional link to the past and an opportunity to recharge for the coming school year. Since retiring Jamie has spent each season riding the trails and tying the knots of those that went before. His winters are spent traveling the world and chasing the illusive Chinook out of Gibsons Landing.

Home Town:

Bridge River Valley, BC Canada & Howe Sound, BC Canada

Telling quote:

” We must remember that nothing in this world really belongs to us. At best, we are merely borrowers.” – Christopher Isherwood

 Why the backcountry?

The high country inspires a perspective that encourages awe and serenity. To be surrounded by mountain grandeur encourages humbleness of being. I believe that wilderness is part of the Canadian consciousness and experiencing it makes us better humans. Few things draw me as much as the absence of the hand of man.

Most magical backcountry experience:

After spreading my Father’s ashes in Deer Pass I was sitting outside the Trigger Lake cabin musing about life. An enormous buck stepped out of the timber and approached me with assurance and purpose. His presence brought an overwhelming sense of peace and solace that was balm to my soul.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

I love engaging with nature. Some of my happiest moments are experienced with a good horse under me and a winding trail before me. I have a driving need to share and protect this cherished piece of country. I love to garden, fish and forage.I love my big messy family.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Innovative, thoughtful, supportive

Andrea Thomson

Andrea Thomson

Wrangler/ Guide

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Rhiannon Flann

Rhiannon Flann

Wrangler/ Guide

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Growing up in Whistler BC was where I established my love for the mountains and the backcountry. Spending my days riding horses, skiing the slopes and hiking around the mountains was the beauty of growing up in such an amazing place. At the young age of seven, I started volunteering at a local trail ride company. Following many years of hard work and dedication I have a vast amount of knowledge and love for horses and the beautiful animals that they are. I love being out on the trails and exploring new terrain. My favorite part of my job is putting smiles on people’s faces. 

Home Town:

Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

Live in the moment & Believe in your dreams.

 Why the backcountry?

Freedom and a sense of independence. Relying on your own thoughts and knowledge to get you through each day.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Every trip I take is a magical experience; not knowing what is around each corner is my favorite part of the job.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

Learning new things, cooking and baking.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Unique. Inspiring. Beautiful

Mary Benson

Mary Benson

Wrangler/ Guide

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From a child I was a typical horse crazy girl. I grew up in North Vancouver, BC , and although living on the coast was amazing, I have always been a ‘land lubber’ at heart. Whenever our family spent time camping in the interior, I hated to return to the city. When my husband brought me to the Bridge River Valley for the first time in 1988, I was amazed. Exploring the trails on our horses was magical. In 1996 I said good-bye to Vancouver & my 13 year career with BC Tel (now Telus), and moved to Gun Creek Road in the heart of the South Chilcotin… and have never looked back. I spent 15 years working for Canada Post in the Gold Bridge Post Office. Now I enjoy seasonal work with TLH heli-skiing & Tyax Adventures which allows me to live and work in a wilderness environment – a lifestyle I am grateful for every day. I enjoy taking visitors on our local trails, hearing their excitement & amazement at the beauty of our area. I get to relive my first impressions through their eyes.

Home Town:

South Chilcotins, BC Canada

Telling quote:

No Fences.”

 Why the backcountry?

My preferred way of living. The scenery & wildlife are breathtaking & inspiring.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Riding through Graveyard Valley on a pack trip, and seeing a wolf with her 2 pups, and a grizzly sow with her 2 cubs approx.. 200 meters from each other. The wolf sat down & began to howl, then barked, before leaving with her 2 pups. This is an experience I will ever forget.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

Horses. Fitness & nutrition. Books! There is not enough time to read everything that interests me

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Teamwork. Camaraderie. Exciting

Dallas

Dallas

Camp Host

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Coming soon.

Jan Tindle

Jan Tindle

Camp Host

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Home Town:

Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

 Why the backcountry?

I love the backcountry because of the beauty and the solitude.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Watching a pack of wolves that was sleeping on a frozen pond in the Yukon.   They were likely well fed as there was also a herd of caribou in the vicinity.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

I love to travel on a bicycle.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Fun in the Mountains

Pierre

Pierre

Camp Host

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Coming soon.

Ben

Ben

Pilot

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Ben has always had a passion for flying, the outdoors and adventure. He caught the flying bug as a kid from a ride on a float plane. He has more than ten years as a bush pilot, flying along the coast and the far north exploring those “hidden gems” along the way. At a young age bicycles became an obsession and bicycle racing soon followed. Bicycle touring provided freedom and a wonderful means of exploring the world. 

Paul Skelton

Paul Skelton

Pilot

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Paul turned his passion for flight into a profession and has been flying in the Coast Mountains of BC for 15 years. After a varied career including ski patrolling, heli ski guiding and the occasional involvement in resort development, Paul decided that flying a Beaver in the South Chilcotin mountains is a great way to spend his summers. A 30 year resident of Whistler, Paul is committed to outdoor pursuits including but not limited to, mountain biking, kiteboarding and skiing.

Corrina Stafford

Corrina Stafford

Reservations & Sales

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Originally from England, I landed in Canada after living in the French Alps for two years. And i haven’t left yet! My career is rooted in the travel, tourism, hospitality industry and I have had some amazing experiences and worked in some fantastic locations as a result. I am committed to creating once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences and ensuring you have the ultimate Tyax Adventure. 

Home Town:

Pemberton, BC, Canada

Telling quote:

“The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

 Why the backcountry?

It’s fun to challenge yourself, and furthermore being exposed to the backcountry is a special experience. You get to take back the layers and be vulnerable and free.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Hiking the 7 summits of the Rossland range with two great friends a few years ago. I wouldn’t say 3 girls climbing trees to tie up a bear cache was “magical” but the whole trip was really special and gave us a magical perspective.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

Travel. I love to visit as many new places as I can and re-visit the great ones.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Fun. Unique. Community

Karen Playfair

Karen Playfair

Finance & Operations

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Karen once slaved as an accountant in a ski resort far, far away. Upon hearing the call of the South Chilcotins, she ditched her corporate trappings, donned her bike shorts, and started living happily ever after. With her Prince Charming, Geoff, she shares a profound passion for the mountains, flowers, birds and bike trails. When she’s not paying bills or keeping track of the team, Karen rides and hikes the trails, or hangs in her garden and nurtures her inner hippy.

Home Town: Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’ – John Lennon

 Why the backcountry?

Perspective. There is nowhere else you can go that makes every day-to-day problem seem so utterly inconsequential.

Most magical backcountry experience:

First time solo in the mountains. A spectacular September day, with crystal clear air and every colour vibrant, I slogged up Lorna Pass with a big load. Alone at the top, I viewed the valley rolling away before me, and the vastness of the mountains around me, and thought ‘Wow. This is why.’

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

Oh, you know – cute dogs, awesome accounting programs, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, a pick-up truck load of well-rotted horse manure, wine, hummingbirds, ugly dogs, a perfect butter lettuce growing in my garden, average-looking dogs, a good spreadsheet, chocolate, 8 foot sunflowers – the usual stuff.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Passion

Adventure

Determination

Naheed Henderson

Naheed Henderson

Marketing & Communications

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With a personal story honed by a lifetime in the mountains and studies in biology and design, Naheed Henderson has lent her marketing and communication talent, guiding skills and adventure profile to a host of vertically-impassioned clients and partners. She has been on design and development teams that put to market leading skis and hard goods, as well as led business development and communication projects for global outdoor leaders.

After a childhood in Vermont followed by ski bum and professional years based out of Jackson Hole, WY, Naheed chose Pemberton, BC as her base to raise a family, grow her own food, and continue seeking adventure and inspiration. Led by fun, inspired by adventure, and driven by curiosity; Naheed loves to bike, ski, run, garden, design and explore the world with here young family.

Home Town:

Pemberton, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“When in doubt, straighten it out.”

 Why the backcountry?

It’s our greatest teacher.

Most magical backcountry experience:

With years spent as an outdoor educator, guide and now mother, I have had the pleasure of sharing the gift of the mountains with a myriad of people. Each time I’m given the opportunity to expose someone to the wonder and inspiration of the mountains or backcountry, I’m gifted a moment of magic myself.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

 I love the human story. I love beautiful things be it mountains, flowers, people, colors, experiences or simple moments in time. I love the invigoration and light I feel from feeling my body move and accomplish the unfathomable. I love challenge and problem solving. I love food from my garden and good food purposefully prepared. I love folks that make me laugh and I love being with my family.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Passionate

Unique

Leading