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.
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.
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!
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.