With comfort and humbleness, we refer to ourselves as the expert guides of the South Chilcotin. Each member of our team has been thoughtfully and purposefully selected as a team member. Our guides, pilots, hosts and wranglers come to us with unique, diverse, and valuable experience that we then top-up with training specific to our areas demands. A deep knowledge of the local trails, terrain and natural environment are strong pillars for our entire team, with first aid and safety training being a foundation to it all. Sustainability practices, including safe wildlife practices and trail etiquette, followed by service focused training insures that every Tyax Adventure is safe, fun and respectful of the environment.

Dale Douglas

Dale Douglas

Owner/ Operator

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

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

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

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
Born and raised in Whistler, BC, I naturally fell in love with the beautiful mountains that surrounded me. Growing up in an active family, adventuring is in my blood. I am very fortunate to have been able to turn my hobbies into a career, and become a mountain bike guide. What fuels me most is the time spent sharing some of my favourite places with others. I am currently a student at Capilano University studying Tourism Management, with hopes of expanding my knowledge and understanding of the industry. My parents and the backcountry have taught me a lot of what I know today and I love that it constantly challenges me everyday.

Home Town:

Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

 Why the backcountry?

Because the vastness of the backcountry is intimidating, calming, and breathtaking all at the same time.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Traveling ridgetop with friends and taking in the endless rolling mountains that fall away at either side – you literally feeling on top of the world.

What makes you tick – besides exploring the backcountry?
I live to explore.. Whether it’s a few hours from home or on the other side of the world. I find by immersing myself in new environments I challenge my own.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Exciting, Adventurous, Educational

Andrew Runciman

Andrew Runciman

Guide
As I grew up, in a small country town in New Zealand, the outdoors was always something accessible and playing outdoors was encouraged by my parents. Various sports, Scouts, Army Cadets and finally a career in the Army developed my ability to work independently and lead confidently in the outdoors. 
In my early 20’s I was attracted to two activities; mountain biking, which I raced at National level for a while, and Mountaineering, which included alpine climbing in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Pakistan.
Upon retiring from the British Army, I moved to Canada to be a full time outdoor guide, mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. I now focus on mountain biking year round.

Home Town:

Whistler, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“The test of character is not hanging in there when you expect light at the end of the tunnel but performance and persistence of example when you know that no light is coming.”

 Why the backcountry?

I love the peace and quiet. The scale and diversity of nature, especially the peaks, valleys and views, the beauty of the forest is truly humbling. As I always have I love the Alpine, with its beauty and harshness, the immediacy of the weather and the challenge of working within what nature beings to the adventure every day. The effort required to explore the Chilcotin (and other backcountry areas) is a natural filter that tends to attract the type of person who understands the majesty of what they are experiencing.

Most magical backcountry experience:

The clear view of the west coast of New Zealand from the summit of Mount Aspiring/ Tititea (3033 m), in a break in some horrible weather, during my third summit and first solo summit of that mountain. A reminder that every cloud does have a silver lining and that sometimes the smart decision is to modify the plan and or turn back.

What makes you tick – besides exploring the backcountry?
My wife, my Border Terrier, mountain biking, especially multi-day adventures like the Trans-Provence and the Trans-Madeira (not because I am racing but because I like that everything is taken care of), reading, music.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Breath-taking, raw, transformative.

Troy Knecht

Troy Knecht

Guide

My job is my passion. The summer of 2019 will be my fifth exploring the South Chilcotins. 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

Emily Slaco

Emily Slaco

Guide

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.

  • PMBIA Level 2 coach

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

Sylvie has spent the majority of her life in the Whistler & North Vancouver area with biking, hiking and skiing as regular family activities growing up. She now plays in the mountains every single chance she gets whether it’s ski touring in the winter, or biking and hiking adventures in the summer. Sylvie founded Sweet Skills Mountain Bike Coaching & Personal Training after a decade and flurry of international downhill mountain bike racing. Over her 18 years of coaching she has taught thousands of people how to have more fun on their bike, and how to reach their potential whether it’s on the trails or in the gym.  Her customized women’s clinics in Pemberton and Whistler have expanded to include special Ladies Only Backcountry Camps with Tyax Adventures. These camps focus on bringing women into the backcountry and empowering them to gain the knowledge, skill, and confidence to venture out a little further and enjoy the thrill and beauty of riding in the backcountry.  www.sweetskills.ca

Home Town:

Pemberton, BC Canada

Telling words:

 ‘Laugh at yourself at least once a day, especially while riding!’  

Why the backcountry? 

There’s nothing else more satisfying than propelling yourself around the mountains with stunning scenery, gaining ridges to see what’s over the other side, exploring new routes and pushing your limits. Anticipating new adventures in the backcountry with friends gives me goose bumps every time. Being that step away from society forces you to be self reliant against nature in all its forms and that’s empowering.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Cresting over Warner Pass and riding all the way to Crystal Lake was just mind-blowing and I will never forget that first time. Riding through such majestic mountains with a long and challenging day ending with a cold beer and amazing food at the lake with good friends. A more recent experience was cresting over a mountain pass leading a group of ladies who were getting really tired on day 3… to the sight of 45 mountain goats along the scree slopes. I was so excited to share this rare and special moment with them.

What makes you tick – besides exploring the backcountry?

Making people smile and laugh. The satisfaction of doing something better than the last time. New challenges. Eating good food. Hangin’ with good people. 

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to you:

Wild. Attainable. Experiences.

Jamie Davidson

Jamie Davidson

Wrangler

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

After many years working and traveling in the mountains and ocean, I have found my dream job.  I grew up in the province of Quebec riding horses and tapping our own Maple trees. I was involved with horses until my early 20’s and then moved to Whistler, BC to pursue my passion for skiing and the mountains.  I worked for Outward Bound Wilderness School for 18 years in the Coast Mountains and throughout North America.  It was in this pursuit that I fell in love with the South West Chilcotin Mountains. To combine my passion for the mountains and horses, and to bring quests up into mountains brings me such joy.

Home Town:

Pemberton, BC Canada

Telling quote:

“Through shared wilderness adventure we realize the full potential of ourselves and others and a respect for our environment.”  – Outward Bound

 Why the backcountry?

 It teaches me humility and strength.

Most magical backcountry experience:

Night hiking with Outward Bound students in Joshua Tree California during a full eclipse of the moon and a comet in the sky.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry: 

My wonderful home with my husband, my 2 horses and our new rescue dog Billy.

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Wilderness travel,  serenity and the power of nature.

Mark Brophy

Mark Brophy

Wrangler / Guide

Mark is a biologist, adventure guide and world traveler. He loves to search out the unique adaptations of animals, chase the deep blue of glaciers and delights in back alley street food.

Mark’s path in life is a wandering one. After obtaining a biology degree, he took off travelling to explore and see the world for himself. His favourite modes of transit were ferries around Japan, trains across India, sailing across the Pacific Ocean, bicycling the coast of the United States and riding horses across Mongolia. Mongolia reignited Mark’s passion for animal assisted long distance travel and his boyhood dream of being a cowboy. After working and playing in many different countries, it was time to come home and discover his own mountains a bit more.

Mark completed an adventure guide training diploma and has been guiding ever since. Guiding in the backcountry has married his love for animals, travel and adventure sports all in one fun and interesting career. These days, if not in the saddle, you can find Mark guiding in Antarctica & the Arctic, climbing somewhere sunny or walking between crevasses on a deep blue glacier.

He looks forward to riding, chatting and eating with everyone!

Home Town:

Burlington, ON Canada

Telling quote:

“It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun :D”

Why the backcountry?

I love when life slows down and only the basics matter. I eat when I’m hungry, sleep when I’m tired and play under the sun or moon

Most magical backcountry experience:

In 2017 I organized a ski mountaineering expedition up Mt. Logan, Canada’s tallest mountain at 5959m, with 4 good friends. We spent 22 days on the mountain, and had such a time. I cried at the summit.

What makes me tick – besides exploring the backcountry:

Travelling the world, mostly for all the tasty foods

Three words that describe Tyax Adventures to me:

Remote, wild, dreamy

Paul Skelton

Paul Skelton

Pilot

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.

Karen Playfair

Karen Playfair

Finance & Operations

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

Nadine Fromont

Nadine Fromont

Marketing Coordinator

I grew up in small town NZ and have always had a love of the outdoors and adventure! I love to mountain bike, kite surf, hike and trail run.

Alanna Govenlock

Alanna Govenlock

Reservation and Sales Coordinator

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, I hopped between ski and surf towns around BC until settling in the Sea to Sky. I’ve always had an ardor for both the ocean and mountains, spending most my free time surfing, mountain biking and skiing.

Loic Boullenger

Loic Boullenger

Camp Host

I grew up in north-west of France ( Brittany ) where I started windsurfing at an early age. Later in my twenties I switched to surfing and I started to travel the world in the pursuit of perfect waves, working as a ski-tech in Switzerland to finance my dreams. Snowboarding became another passion ; One winter when I was working in La Grave -french alps, I met Nathalie and since then, we kept on travelling either for skiing, surfing or climbing, enjoying every minute possible in the outdoors. As I became a canadian resident, I discovered how fun mountain- biking was and had this fantastic opportunity to work in the mountain with the amazing Tyax team !

Nathalie Gervais

Nathalie Gervais

Camp Host

Even though she was born in Northern Ontario, somehow Nathalie grew up with a love for skiing. However, as there is a lack of mountains in that region of Canada, at the ripe age of 18, Nathalie decided to pack her skis and headed for the mountains of western Canada.

After working for a couple seasons as a ski instructor she decided she needed to learn more about the mountain environment and wanted to upgrade her outdoor education. She enrolled in the Mountain Activity Skills Training program which introduced her to climbing and mountaineering.

After graduating from this, a whole new world of opportunites appeared, and Nathalie said yes to most of them. This brought her from the Rocky Mountains, to the West Coast, up to Alaska and the Yukon, down to Mexico, over to Baffin Island, and over the Atlantic Ocean to the Alps. Over the years, she has worked as a Hiking Guide, Canoe Guide, Ski Patroller, Mountaineering Instructor, and now as a Camp Host.

She truly believes that the best place in the world is outside in the wild, whether you’re under the sun, or the stars, or the rain, or in wind. She is looking forward to meeting some great people and having some fantastic trips this summer.

Heather Baker

Heather Baker

Camp Host

Raised on a farm in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the mountains have always been my favourite place, for adventure,  connection, creativity and real life, live action education.

Arriving to Pemberton and feeling that tangible and undeniable sensation of home, I put roots down in a cabin on the mountain side where my life education and mastery continues.

When I’m not camping or hiking, you’ll find me experimenting in the kitchen, reading (fantasy, nutrition or bio evolution), playing in the yard, or just chillin by the fire.

Shayne McAulay

Shayne McAulay

Pilot

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