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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.

 

 

 

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

A day in the life of a wrangler

Have you ever wondered what it is that a cowboy or cowgirl does with their day?  Ride around the range with their trusty steed, keeping an eye out for bandits and strays…  Well that’s not quite so far off, our crew of wranglers here at Tyax Adventures have just been out in the mountains (range) aboard their favourite horses (steeds).  They’ve been busy opening up our camps and keeping the wildlife (bandits) out of the cook-shacks.  Every once in a while they’ll run into a group of mountain bikers or hikers (strays) who hopefully haven’t lost their way.

Setting up Bear Paw Camp

Brennan and Andrea setting up the tents at Bear Paw

 

 

The crew of Wranglers out here have been out in the mountains setting up our remotest camps.  These are the camps where the floatplane can’t access and it’s a long haul by foot or bike to pack in gear and food. This is where the beauty of a packhorse comes in handy, ride along the scenic trails to a truly remote spot and have all your camp gear follow along with you by true horse-power.

 

Wranglers at it clearing the trail

Wranglers working hard to clear a fallen tree off the trail so we can all enjoy the trail

Packing gear and supplies between camps also mean a wrangler’s got to be spry to hop on and off their horse to clear the trail of whatever is in the way.  Horses aren’t quite so spry, sometimes these great big strong animals can’t scramble across or under some of the big logs that hikers and bikers might be able to so the wranglers have got to hop off and do some work themselves.

 

The scenery in the mountains isn’t so bad, while packing gear a wrangler will get to see all sorts of amazing sights.  Being the first group across one of the remote mountain passes a certain year and not knowing what you’ll expect can be pretty exciting.  Getting to see all sorts of wildlife like Grizzly bears, wolves, marmots, black bears, bobcats, mountain goats and so much more!

Pack Train Crossing Manson Pass

First pack train of the year heading across Manson Pass towards Little Paradise

 

A day in the life of a wrangler consists of early mornings feeding horses, then feeding a group of hungry people, including themselves, before packing the horses and moving on to their next spot.  The days are long but the scenery and the true wilderness of the South Chilcotin Mountains keeps them at it.  Great company also helps and our crew are some of the nicest and truest outdoors-people around.

Hello world!

It’s been a busy winter here at Tyax Adventures and we’re counting down until opening day, May 15th!

Working on our new website has been a big project for us and we’re happy to have one place to showcase all of our awesome tours and services.  This is a great step for us in bringing together the ‘Tyax Air’ and ‘Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures’ brands under our Tyax Adventures name.  We also hope it will help clear up any confusion and note that we are all one and the same now and offer one central place for all your Chilcotin Backcountry needs.

Other exciting things in the works are new Self Supported – Guided Adventures.  Watch for these lower price point backcountry adventures to be up on the website soon!  Other new packages and adventures being dreamed up right now are backcountry running camps, wilderness yoga retreats, a ladies only backcountry mountain bike camp and new Sky Camp adventure packages straight out of Whistler.

Bikers at Bear Paw by Margus Riga

The team has been busy enjoying the winter; Geoff has been keeping busy skiing and volunteering in Whistler making some trips to visit family along the way.  Jamie & Margaret have been loving life near the ocean and planning a trip to Europe before coming up to the Chilcotin for the summer.  Adrian & Emily traveled through the US for 2 months this fall, mountain biking everywhere along the way.  After a bit of early winter skiing they were back on their bikes and have been enjoying all the riding in the Sea to Sky corridor.  Brennan has been keeping busy all winter and is looking forward to spending another summer in the Chilcotins and more time out in the mountains.  Dale & family are always busy if they’re not biking, hiking or kite surfing they’re planning family adventures or working on new trips for Tyax Adventures.

We can’t wait for summer and hope we will see you up in paradise soon!