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Join One of Our Ladies Only Backcountry Mountain Bike Camps

LADIES ONLY IN THE SOUTH CHILCOTIN – BACKCOUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPs *NEW for 2017 – 3 different camps!

Calling All Ladies… Are you sick of being left behind when your partner takes off with the ‘bros’ for a backcountry adventure?  Do you want to improve your skills and learn to navigate the backcountry with awesome female friends & coaches?  If so, this one’s for you!

Tyax Adventures is teaming up with professional mountain bike coaches and guides; Sylvie Allen and Emily Slaco to present ‘Ladies Only in the South Chilcotin’ mountain biking adventure camps. Due to popular demand, this year we are offering 3 different camps so you can choose the perfect experience for your level. Join us to spend 2 – 4 days riding the trails in the beautiful South Chilcotin Mountains of BC. All trips start off the adventure at the luxurious Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa before heading out into the backcountry by floatplane (yeah that’s right we fly to the trailhead!),  we will cover tons of epic singletrack, learn new skills, eat great food, see stunning scenery and have an UNFORGETTABLE time!

 

Option #1 – Ladies Only Explorer Camp: June 23, 24, 25, 2017  (more details)

Option #2 – Ladies Only Ultimate Adventure: July 17 ,18, 19, 20, 2017 (more details)

Option #3 – Ladies Only Epic Experience: August 11, 12, 13, 2017 (more details)

History of Our 5 Historic Backcountry Camps/Cabins

Tyax Adventures’ Backcountry Camps have a rich history dating back to 1947 during which time hunters, miners, outdoor enthusiasts and hard working locals enjoyed, built and maintained these camps. In 2012, Tyax Adventures acquired these backcountry camps from Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures, which was owned and operated by the Menhinick family. The Menhinick family is a hard working family of many generations that made their living by horse packing into the Chilcotin and put countless hours into maintaining the camps and trails for everyone of both yesterday and today to enjoy. The Douglas family and Tyax Adventures, are honoured to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of these remote and unique backcountry camps.

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Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund

Tyax Adventures is pleased to announce the creation of the Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund. This fund will be used to support the local Grizzly bear population in the South Chilcotin Mountains, and to promote increased Grizzly awareness within the region.

The bears in the upper Bridge River Valley (Tyax Adventures’ area of operation) are part of the greater South Chilcotin Population Unit, a population that is currently listed as threatened.  The CGC fund will financially support the collection of scientific data, which will aid in the creation of land base management planning in our local area. The fund will be donated to the St’át’imc Grizzly Bear Research project. The St’át’imc has been involved in Grizzly bear research and recovery efforts since 1999.

Tyax Adventures, by contributing a portion of profits from the 2015 season, will provide $3800 seed funding for this important initiative. We have further committed to donating a portion of future profits to the fund, and will be encouraging and facilitating our clients to independently donate to the fund when booking services or tours. We encourage other commercial recreation operators in the area to join us in donating a portion of profits to the Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund Together with our partners and clients, we hope to quickly grow this fund to an amount that will make a significant difference in financing ongoing research and awareness.

The owners, staff and clients of Tyax Adventures enjoy the natural environment of the South Chilcotin Mountains and we support the sustainable recreation use of this region. Grizzly Bears, being an “umbrella species” are the perfect indicator of a healthy eco-system and we support the collection of scientific data to help manage the recovery of this great species.

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Photo of Ernest Armann – Implementation Manager, Sue Seger – Landscape Ecologist from the St’at’imc Nation and Dale Douglas – Owner of Tyax Adventures.

If you wish to make a donation to the Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund, contact us!

Tyax Adventures, operating in the upper Bridge River Valley and South Chilcotin Mountains, is an adventure tour company specializing in wilderness tours. In operation since 1999, Tyax Adventures offers guided horse, mountain biking and hiking adventure experiences, as well as charter and sightseeing floatplane flights and backcountry accommodation.

 

 

 

Fall Trail Work – High Trail Mud Holes

Words & Photos by Geoff Playfair.

On the way out of Camel Pass, the flow of alpine single track that the High Trail provides is marred by a few large mud holes.

Mud Holes on the High Trail

This past week, Tyax Adventures, in cooperation with BC Parks, provided a reroute around the upper two holes (one in the photo above).

High Trail Re-Route

The 200m new section includes about 100m of cleaned up older, grown over, trail  (shown above) and about 100m of new trail to bring the two lines back together (shown below).

High Trail Re-Route - New Trail

The results provide a route clear of mud, with enhanced views of Truax and the valley below.

Enjoy the trails.

High Trail Re-Route View

Guides’ Day Off

What do two Tyax Adventures guides do on their days off?  Why more adventures of course.

Here’s a little article written by guide Adrian Bostock about a recent mountain bike trip in our backyard, some good thoughts on Adventure.  What’s not noted is that we started this adventure at the beautiful Sky Camp, and what a paradise it was!  You’ll never really know what an amazing place this is until you get out there and visit it for yourself.  The 2 day ride in/out isn’t necessary, unless you’re into that, we can fly you in and you’ll be there lounging in the peace of this idyllic (cell phone & internet free) spot!

Enjoy the read, I sure enjoyed the trip.

Drinking from the Source

Trail Maintenance Update – July 2014. By Geoff Playfair.

Tyax Adventures takes a portion of revenue and reinvests it in the trails we use. June was a busy month for trail work in the Park. In partnership with BC Parks, a number of projects were identified and worked on.

New corner on Deer Pass trail, replacing steep, eroded line

New corner on Deer Pass trail, replacing the steep, eroded line

In mid-June, a work crew addressed the lower section of the Deer Pass trail, as it climbs from Trigger Lake. Portions of the steep, eroded, existing trail were decommissioned and new trail created that better uses the terrain between the two creeks flowing off the hill.

112 hours of work went into the trail. Initial feedback is good. The reduced grades are easier for horses and hikers. Bike riders appreciate the increased safety of the descent and the new line, with it’s improved views and enhanced ride.

New Deer Pass trail line crossing old, decommissioned trail

New Deer Pass trail line crossing old, decommissioned trail

 

On June 28/29, 10 members of Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA), supported by Tyax Adventures, spent two days maintaining and improving Park trail.  Based out of our Spruce Camp, they worked along the Spruce Lake and Windy Pass trails.

Old undermined bridge

Old undermined bridge

 

Work included a replacement of the bridge out of the campground that had been dangerously undermined by the creek and work on various mud holes and rooted sections around the lake.

Replacement Bridge and decommissioned crossing

Replacement Bridge and decommissioned crossing

The Windy Pass trail, from the Potato patch to the treeline got a haircut and some key trail bed improvements to assist traffic.

Trail work is now on hold for the busy summer season, though some additional projects may move forward in the fall.

Example of work on Windy Pass trail. Braid on the right is decommissioned.

Example of work on Windy Pass trail. Braid on the right is decommissioned.

Happy Canada Day!

For me it’s the Canada Day long weekend that really signifies the start of summer.  By July 1st most of the last patches of snow remaining on the high passes have melted out, the wildflowers have started blooming, the sun has been out enough to warm the lake up to a tolerable “refreshing” temperature, and vacations have started.
Happy Canada Day - Tyax ResortTyax Adventures season is in full swing now, with the horses all warmed up, fit and happy to be back to work.  Our backcountry camps have been opened up for the season and the first group has already been through Bear Paw.

Canada Day Long weekend at Bear PAw

The floatplane is busy on weekends as per the normal summer craze, but for those who can sneak away mid-week not only will you save some $$ on the price of the flight but you’ll usually have your pick of time slots and the trails to yourself!

Canada DAy Adventures, photo by Pat Mulrooney

We hope you get out for some adventures to celebrate the day and the start to another fabulous summer season!

BC Parks Draft Management Plan – Information

Hello friends,

All of us at Tyax Adventures pride ourselves in the services we offer you and the friendships we make along the way. We want you to come visit us and enjoy the South Chilcotin Mountains in the future. Unfortunately, your use of our services and your freedom to travel the park is at risk.

Why? Most of our business is conducted in the South Chilcotin Mountains and Big Creek Parks. A draft management plan for these parks has been presented by BC Parks for comment until the end of May. Simply put, if this plan is implemented as written, there will be drastic changes if you like to mountain bike or fly a float plane in the parks.

Here are a few details of the draft:
  • It segregates recreating by bicycle from other forms of recreation and imposes bicycle only restriction. For example; closing the Lick Creek Trail for the use of a commercial horse operator only,  It also suggests bicycling in the park be allowed only 3 days per week.
  • The draft plan proposes to limit Float plane access to the park to after 9:00 am – this would make landing at Warner Lake improbable. Flights could also be restricted to 2-3 days per week only.
  • Within the draft park plan, ensuring a healthy population of Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep and Grizzly Bear recovery is a primary objective and is a priority over recreation and tourism. Restrictions to recreation are suggested within the park to support animal populations, while hunting of Sheep and Goat will continue in the Park and hunting of Grizzly Bears will continue adjacent to the parks.
  • It is proposed that the popular campground at the north end of Spruce Lake is closed.
If the draft plan is implemented, there will certainly be a reduction of access for you, and a reduction of services available from us at Tyax Adventures. The restrictions will result in, at minimum; an increase in aircraft charter rates, or worse case; it no longer being viable for an airplane to be based in the area. The draft plan will have a devastating effect on the local tourism economy of the Bridge River Valley.
Float plane transportation and mountain biking have historically been under represented within the park system.  I believe that a management plan can be created where all recreationalists are treated fairly and that wildlife, tourism and recreation can flourish together in the park.  We plan to present an alternate plan to BC Parks soon and hope that you support it.

If you have any questions regarding this and would like to discuss, please fell free to email me at the address below.
Thank you.

Dale Douglas
President/Operations Manager

TYAX ADVENTURES

SLWA / Tyax Air Service Ltd.

Located at Tyax Resort and Spa

Goldbridge, BC

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter weekend full of fun and adventure!  

Happy Easter from Tyax Adventures

 

 

Explore the South Chilcotin Wilderness on a Packhorse trip with Warren Menhinick

If you’ve been to the South Chilcotin area before chances are you’ve heard at least a mention about the history of the mining and pioneers in the area, but perhaps you don’t know how it has gone from a mining area to a wilderness lovers paradise.  In the late 1800s and early 1900s pioneers started migrating to the South Chilcotin and Bridge River Valley areas in search of mining and ranching opportunities.  These pioneers moved around the area on horseback with packhorses to help move all of their equipment and belongings around this vast wilderness.  As they explored the area by horseback they laid down some of the trail routes we still use today.  Guide outfitters started up to provide the miners with packhorses to move their supplies and equipment throughout the hills.  Through time the mining in the valley slowed down and focus turned to more recreational pursuits.  The Menhinick family originally moved to the Bridge River Valley to work in the Bralorne mines, when the mine shut down in the 70s Warren’s father Barry Menhinick purchased a ranch and his company, Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures was the first commercial company to operate in what is now the South Chilcotin Mountain park.  media-horse2

Warren grew up in these hills, exploring with his father and learning the secrets of these valleys and mountains.  His knowledge of the area is unsurpassed by most, and he knows every secret nook and cranny out there.  Here are Tyax Adventures we are so happy to have Warren guiding 2 of our Wilderness Packhorse trips this summer.  Each of these 7 day tours will start at our base of operations at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa.  This Resort is a hidden gem tucked away on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, it offers the perfect place to base before heading into the South Chilcotin Mountains on a packhorse adventure.  The first day on the trail you’ll head deep into the wilderness through wildflower filled alpine meadows to spectacular mountain-top ridges.  Warren will show you the best spots for seeing mountain goats and bighorn sheep.  Each day you’ll explore a new area, moving between our backcountry camps and setting up temporary spike camps as you move deeper into the wilderness.  Warren has some favourite spots he will show you along the way and you’ll be sure to spend a night a the spectacular Spruce Lake, a sapphire hued sub-alpine lake with a moutainous backdrop that’s every photographer’s dream.  Warren in the South Chilcotin Mountains

 

If you’ve ever had any interest in learning more about wrangling and packhorses, Warren is definitely the mountain man to ask.  Ask him about it during the trip and he’ll be sure to get you learning more about the horses and honing your wrangler skills.

Don’t miss out on this amazing Wilderness Packhorse Adventure in the South Chilcotin Mountains.  The first trip with Warren is full, the second trip starts July 28th, 2014 and ends August 3rd, 2014.  This trip is designed for those with some previous riding experience, if you haven’t been on a horse before but would like to join this trip then try taking a couple of horseback riding lessons now or get out on a few trail rides before this longer trip.  To book your space contact us directly at fun@tyaxadventures.com and we’ll be happy to help you set up your Wilderness Packhorse Adventure!