- 3 days expert, fun, friendly & supportive guiding with female coaches from Sweet Skills
- Floatplane flight into the heart of the backcountry in Tyax Adventures’ Dehaviland Beaver
- 2 nights accommodation in our Spruce Camp, complete with a hot shower!
- Gear drop to Spruce Lake allowing you to only carry what is needed for a full day of riding
- Cozy canvas wall tents holding 2 single bunks in each tent with sleeping bags, pillow, and comfy sleeping pads
- Meals provided from lunch on day 1, to lunch on day 3
- Camp host to prepare camp & cook all meals
- All trailhead shuttles where necessary
What to Bring
You will need to carry your own gear for the day (including the packed lunch we provide), so come prepared to do so with a suitably sized backpack.
Essential Items –see picture here
- A personal facemask
- A 15 to 20 litre backpack – Osprey’s Manta/Mira series recommended – see here
- A Light weight and packable jacket that will protect you from the weather
- Riding clothes – comfortable riding gear that can be worn all day
- A change of riding clothes, as you see applicable (socks, shirt/jersey, chamois, shorts)
Stuck for choice? Our guides wear amazing gear provided by 7Mesh – see here for their options
- A change of clothes for in camp – for evenings around the campfire and for sleeping in (Remember, in camp we provide each guest with croc’s (footwear to use in camp) as well a fleece jacket to keep you warm
- Food – includes any trail side snacks you like to eat on your home trails
- Hydration bladder/water bottle(s)
- Typical trail side repair tools such as spare tube, bike specific spare parts (derailleur hanger)
- Any personal medications you might require (including any over the counter pain/anti inflammatory medication)
- Personal toiletries (soap is provided, but not hair care products)
- Head lamp
- A sleeping bag liner for in camp (sleeping bags provided) – see here
- A pillow case (pillows provided)
- Small, packable camp towel (hot shower available) – see here
- Bear spray and holster to store it in (1 bear spray between 2 people is the minimum recommendation)
Note: We sell bear spray at our base of operations if you need to purchase
Optional Items (if space and weight permits – see picture here)
- Light weight puffy jacket for in camp in the evenings (fleeces are provided)
- Hat/toque for in camp in the evenings (depending on the time of year visiting)
- Extra riding gloves (particularly if poor weather is expected)
- Pair of bike tights if unfavourable weather expected. We recommend the 7Mesh Seymour tights – see here
- Phone or camera for photos
- Personal charging device for phone/camera etc. if planning to recharge. (Sorry, we don’t have recharging facilities available at our backcountry camps)
- Personal sunscreen and/or bug spray if feel necessary
- Any additional backcountry items you ride with on a multi day adventure
This camp includes a gear drop at Spruce Lake! This means that you are required to carry everything you need for a day of riding in the backcountry, all your other gear will be dropped/picked-up from Spruce Camp
Find Your Skill Level
For this trip we expect you have:
MTB SKILL RATING: Intermediate
FITNESS RATING: Level 2
Mountain Bike – Technical Skill Level
- Advanced Novice – You enjoy riding singletrack that has small obstacles that may include roots and rocks that are a couple inches tall, as well as some mud and sand. You understand how to shift your gears and are often able to shift your gears in response to terrain. You are learning how to use both front and back brakes to control your speed, and to be comfortable and reasonably balanced standing up off your seat while descending. You are just learning how to climb effectively. Exposure is still intimidating.
- Intermediate – You are comfortable riding singletrack that has various obstacles including tight trees, mud, small loose rock, roots, and sand. You are able to mostly shift gears in response to terrain demands and use both front and rear brakes to control your speed. Descents are fun as long as they do not contain any obstacles and everything is easily and visibly rollable. You are practicing shifting your weight forward while climbing over technical terrain. Exposure with little to no consequence is fine.
- Advanced – You love riding singletrack and aren’t deterred by obstacles including roots and rocks that are up to 6” tall, loose sand and rock, mud, tight trees and corners. You are able to shift gears in response to terrain and modulate both front and back brakes in steep terrain. Descending is super fun and you are not intimidated by long descents with obstacles. You are able to climb technical singletrack and understand how to shift your body weight to achieve ultimate traction. Exposure is acceptable on moderate trails.
- Expert – You love to ride your bike in all terrain. Tight trees and corners, loose rock and sand, long descents with obstacles are all welcomed challenges that make the ride more fun. Modulating both front and rear brakes in varied terrain is a given, and shifting your body weight over your bike to respond to the terrain is brainless. Long descents with obstacles are exciting, and exposure with reasonable consequences often goes unnoticed.
Mountain Bike – Fitness Level
- Level 1 – exercise weekly and are reasonably fit. could ride at a comfortable pace for 3 – 4 hours including 45 min climbs
- Level 2 – exercise 2 or 3 times a week with a focus on fitness. could ride up to 6 hours a day at a moderate pace, including 1.5 hour climbs, for a few days
- Level 3 – exercise 3 or 4 times a week and are very fit. could ride up to 8 hours a day at a good pace, with 2 hour climbs, for multiple days
Ladies Camp Facts
Are there special restrictions when flying with mountain bikes? Yes. Four people with bikes and packs/gear fit well in the plane. A maximum of 5 people with light daypacks and bikes can be accommodated in the plane provided the maximum weight capacity is not exceeded. Big downhill bikes and those with triple clamp forks do not fit in the plane and will not be flown into the backcountry.
What kind of mountain bike should I bring on my trip? We recommend that you bring an all mountain style mountain bike on your trip. A bike with 120-150mm of travel and that is relatively light, 25-35lbs, for long climbs and uphill pedaling sections. Downhill bikes are NOT recommended nor are heavy Enduro/Freeride style bikes. Super lightweight cross country bikes are not necessarily recommended for the terrain (unless you are the most comfortable on this style bike) as there are several technical and sustained downhill sections.
Is there anything specific I should do to my bike before coming on this trip? Please make sure your bike is in PERFECT running condition and freshly checked over by a mechanic (and then test ridden) before the trip. It’s no fun for anyone in the group if someone has a mechanical way out there in the backcountry!
Fresh tires, fresh brake pads, smooth drive train, suspension, seat post, and spokes checked, etc.
Make sure you know how to (and have tools) to take off both wheels. With bikes going in the back of the plane with wheels off, it’s good to have a caliper spacer while your wheel is off in case brake levers get accidentally squeezed and cause problems with your brakes. Your local bike shop will have these.
Also ask your mechanic for a spare chain quick link or pins specific to your chain – your mechanic will have these too! If your bike has a derailleur hanger, bring a spare.
What kind of facilities are available in the backcountry camps? All of the Tyax Adventures’ backcountry camps are slightly different but they all have some main staples. Fresh drinking water is available at all camps. Canvas wall tents with 2 single beds, foam mattresses and pillows, a sleeping bag, and hangers for clothing. Each camp has 1 outhouse as well as its own unique hot water shower. Each camp also has a main cook shack with a wood stove and some limited space to dry out gear. Outside there are fire pits for having bonfires under the stars when possible, as well as picnic tables to dine outside.
*Please remember that we are in the remote backcountry and sometimes there can be complications with the facilities that due to the remote nature of our locations cannot be fixed quickly, we try our best to provide the best experience with what we’ve got. ** You do not have to pack a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, camp footwear, since all that will be provided for you in our backcountry camps. See packing list below.
Can I drink the water in camp or in the backcountry? Drinking water is available at each camp, usually this water comes from a nearby creek and is then filtered through a gravity filter system or put through a boiling or water tablet purification process. We recommend bringing a water bladder for your backpack and filling up in camp prior to hitting the trail to be sure you have enough water for the day. There are many streams and creeks available throughout the South Chilcotin; while we don’t recommend drinking directly from these sources should you be in desperate need of water out on the trail, in many situations it can be found. If you are at all worried about water purification we recommend bringing water purification tablets that can easily be added to your water bladder or bottle.
* For the Alpine Adventure Camp, you should ride with 2-3L bladder & water bottle, your coaches will carry purifying tabs to re-fill in the creeks. It’s a good idea to use electrolyte tabs or powder in your water since we’ll be spending lots of energy out on the trails!
Can you cater to special diet requirements? We can accommodate vegetarians and we will do our best to accommodate to those with allergies. Please note that due to the remote nature of our camps we may not be able to accommodate all requests. If you have specific requirements please note these your booking form and be sure to let our booking staff know your specifics.
Is alcohol allowed in camps? Alcohol is allowed in camps and you are allowed to carry your own. Tyax Adventures does not serve alcohol however we do offer beer and wine to be pre-ordered and ready, waiting for you in camp. You will need to pre-book this at least 7 days in advance. Please remember that our backcountry accommodations may be shared with other guests, please be respectful and responsible when imbibing.
What are the terrain and trails like? The terrain of the South Chilcotin Mountains varies from dense treed bush-land and open grasslands, to steep rocky mountain passes. Most trails were originally created by cattle and horses and, on average, are two feet wide and generally in excellent condition. Depending on weather and usage, some sections of the trails may be muddy, but passable.
Will there be river crossing and hike-a-biking? There are no river crossings in the Explorer Camp. As for hike-a-bike, day 1 has very little while day 2 will have more as we try to summit Windy Pass, but we promise it’s sooooo worth it!!
What is the weather like in the South Chilcotin Mountains? The South Chilcotins are located on the border between the Interior Mountains and the Coast Mountains. The temperature is substantially cooler in the early morning and evening, so make sure you bring warm layers for when the sun goes down. In the higher alpine areas, please be prepared for snow in the summer. The middle of the day is a great time to swim in Tyaughton Lake (Tyax Resort) or Spruce Lake.
Average temperatures are: JUN: 77F / 25C high JUL: 82F / 28C high AUG: 86F / 30C high
What types of clothing are recommended? Lightweight, quick–drying fabrics such as nylon, wool, fleece and other synthetic materials are preferred. Cotton, especially denim, is not recommended as it retains heat and moisture. During the early morning and evening the temperature cools down significantly, so make sure you have a warm jacket, warm hat, socks and gloves. Please refer to the specific packing lists provided by Tyax Adventures.
Do I need to bring a first aid kit? Our guides are trained and prepared for first aid situations. Packing and carrying your own first aid kit on rides is optional. If you require specific medical attention, you are required to notify Tyax Adventures upon booking to ensure our guides are prepared. Please bring sufficient prescribed medication(s) with you.
Are there Bears and/or Bugs? During most tours, we venture into remote country and even though there will be an abundance of wildlife, it can be rare to spot them. With proper precautions, it is unlikely any will bother us on our tours. Certain times of the year there are some bugs. We recommend you bring bug spray or light long sleeve shirts if you have a tendency to attract them.
Is there a power supply at the backcountry camps? There is no power supply to re-charge your phone or camera so please be prepared with a portable one if needed.
Do I need to bring an Emergency Device & Bear Spray? Your guides will have InReaches, radios, and bear spray so you do not need to bring these items. If you have your own Bear Spray and know how to use it please feel free to bring it with you.
Do I need to pack extra food? You should bring some extra snacks that you like to eat on the trail; a typical packed lunch includes a sandwich, bar, fruit, and baked good. It’s always good to have a little extra so you don’t get hungry out in the backcountry since the days are quite long. Additionally, electrolytes that can be added to your water are highly recommended for long backcountry days.
What are the tipping guidelines? Tyax Adventures prides itself on our outstanding crew and their ability to meet all your expectations. If you feel the service provided has been outstanding, the standard gratuity is 15% of the trip price. Tipping is at your discretion and this information is provided only as a suggestion.