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South Chilcotin Getaway

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Meeting: Tyaughton Lake
Airport:   Vancouver, BC      
Transfer: Pemberton, BC    Distance: 4-5 hour drive

Best to drive in - beautiful trip via Whistler.
Floatplane transfers are available from Whistler or Vancouver (extra cost)

Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, draft, mixed breeds
Pace: Slow, riding 5-9 hrs per day
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (4 to 5 out of 5)    strong intermediate to advanced
Weight: Max 250 lbs.
Riders: Min 1 riders Max 2 riders

Depending on the trip start date the 5 day / 4-night tour could include either of the following options:
- Four full days of riding (6+hours) and one half day (3 – 5 hours)
- Three full days of riding (6+ hours) and two half days (3 – 5 hours) 

Depending on the trip start date the 4 day / 3-night could include either of the following options:
- Three full days of riding (6+hours) and one half day (3 – 5 hours)
- Two full days of riding (6+ hours) and two half days (3 – 5 hours) 

Riding Level 
The tours are suitable for advanced intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable travelling for between 5 to 9 hours, leading their horse, hiking sections of trail, and whom have a good level of base fitness.

Some Basic Horsemanship Notes
Your wrangler will go over the details regarding what to do around your horse in full detail.  A few key points to note are to remember to speak and act calmly when around the horses, and when approaching, to do so from the front rather than from the back.

Key points to remember when riding
Be alert to your surroundings.  Be in control of your horse AT ALL TIMES. Use both leg and voice command.  Keep your reins in your hands at all times and never allow too much slack or have your reins too tight.  Be aware of the person in front and behind you. Help relay any messages to the front of the line if necessary.  Watch for low hanging branches and the possibility of coming across an underground wasp nest. If passing other users on the trail be friendly and talk with them as you are passing.  This helps to comfort your horse of the obstruction they are going around.  Watch were you walk around the horses and always make sure they know were you are.  Coming quietly up to a horse may startle them and cause them to kick.  Ask for assistance mounting or dismounting if it is needed.  Being able to get off independently is a necessity if their is an urgent matter to prepare for.  If you are unsure about tying your horse, ask for assistance.  Do not tie to small trees, fences or dead standing trees.  This could cause both you or your horse a serious injury.

Riding Terrain
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 2 feet wide and generally in excellent condition. Depending on weather and usage, some sections of the trails may be muddy, but passable.

Safety & Helmets
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 us upon booking to ensure our guides are prepared. Please bring sufficient prescribed medication(s) with you.
We have a limited number of helmets, however we recommend that you bring your own if possible. If you would like to use one of our helmets please let us know the size in advance so that we can arrange one. We do not require adults to wear helmets while on tour with us, but it is recommended.
Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet.

Child Policy
Although there is no minimum age requirement for children there is a minimum height requirement of 52 inches for any horseback riding tour. Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet!

During our 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 mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and other bugs. We recommend you bring bug spray or light long sleeve shirts if you have a tendency to attract them.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least one day beyond the intended departure date from Canada required by all nationals referred to in the chart except the following: (a) 1. Canadian citizens holding a Canadian . more
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South Chilcotin Getaway
Tour Code: RTBC05-3
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,720.00
Dates : July to Sept, custom dates possible

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 07/01 - 09/30 5d / 4n 5 Day Backcountry Horseback ... 1 /2 Reserve
B 2022 07/01 - 09/30 4d / 3n 4 Day Backcountry Horseback ... 1 /2 Reserve
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, draft, mixed breeds
Pace: Slow, riding 5-9 hrs per day

Airport: Vancouver, BC
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