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.
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.
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 email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help you set up your Wilderness Packhorse Adventure!