Rarely is it possible to combine hiking a wilderness that is so remote we are unlikely to see other people for the entire time, yet enjoy a warm and comfortable hut at the end of the day. But on this trip, you can have it all! If you want days full of hiking in beautiful wild Canadian mountains, experiencing all the joy of true wilderness and solitude, and love the idea of a warm place with a soft mattress to sleep at night, please join us as we spend six days roaming this remote area of lush meadows full of wildflowers, beautiful peaks, pristine lakes, and streams that are so clean you can drink directly from them. Maximum group size: 10.
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This trip is rated as a 4 because it combines hiking in mountain terrain with a pack that will weigh 15 - 20 pounds (you will be carrying your clothes for the trip and approximately 5 pounds of group food, but no camping gear) for possibly up to 8 hours on 2 days. It requires being in very good physical condition. Please do not be misled by the apparently low mileage - our experience is that many women find the hiking more challenging than they expected. While no paddling experience is required, previous hiking experience is strongly recommended. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaged in aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Additional endurance exercise (e.g. going for a 2 hour hike once a week) and/or strength training is usually required. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
After a day of canoeing on a pristine lake, we spend the rest of the week hiking into a remote mountain wilderness area; we will not see any other people and there is no cellphone reception. While most of the hiking is on established trails, there is some off-trail hiking and crossing boulder fields. There is also the opportunity to swim (or at least dip) in mountain lakes.
We'll spend the first two nights and the last night in a basic and clean motel, with an attached restaurant, in a remote area. In between we'll spend four nights in two different rustic huts. The huts are comfortable, well heated, fully equipped, and we will have each hut all to ourselves. Both are two stories with the lower story for cooking and eating, and the second story for sleeping. The first hut has individual sleeping compartments; the second hut has mattresses in a loft. There is no running water or indoor plumbing; there are composting toilets and a room for washing yourself off.
Please note:Food options at the huts are limited (since all the food is packed in) and women with specific dietary preferences or issues may need to supplement their food.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The trip exceeded my expectations! It was amazing and I am so incredibly happy I decided to do it.
Tay was an exceptional guide. The trip leadership would have been a disaster without her.
The highlights were the wilderness, Tay, the huts, flowers, solitude, scenery, great hikes...
The total wilderness experience. The amazing views.
Highlights included being in true wilderness, with lots of ponds to dip into. The BC guide's knowledge and love of the area was great.
The other women, the guides and the scenery!
The highlights were the flowers and lakes at high altitude. On the east coast, you would not see this.
I knew this would be physically demanding, but it was more demanding than I expected. I (and others) think this trip should have ratings of "4" and "5" to cover the days when heavier packs were carried and the ascents and descents were extremely steep.
I really appreciated the professionalism of the guiding team, and the approach to minimal impact in the backcountry. And of course, the flowers and terrain. It was a little late in the year for great birding. I was initial leery of group travel but it turned out great, hence the exceeding expectations.
The scenery, the remoteness, the company
Guides were amazing- very organized and accommodating. The scenery was spectacular!
The location was beautiful and offered some interesting hiking. We hit a great time of year for the wild flowers. The lakes were surprisingly warm for swimming. I would have liked more challenging hiking situations. The day we couldn't summit due to Liz's family emergency was unfortunate but things happen. It was disappointing to have the pace limited by the slowest person. There were times we had to be so close together, I felt like one of a string of kindergartners that has to hold hands while crossing the street. On the last day at hut #2, it felt liberating to be allowed to linger at the final lake and walk back to the hut unsupervised.
Highlights: Unspoiled beauty and grandeur of Wells Gray Provincial Park / Local provisioner Wells Gray Adventures / knowledgeable local guide Christine Issues: 1 participant was totally unprepared for a level 4 trip, therefore all hikes and activities were geared down to her pace and capacity. She claimed she was "encouraged" by AGC personnel to come, in spite of her health issues. If true, I place responsibility on AGC. AGC Guide, Brenda Porter, inserted an emphasis of "women's feel-good-about-ourselves" rather than "women's adventure challenge". Completely different from my Grand Canyon experience in 2016. Brenda is completely kind and sincere, but AGC needs to decide what it wants to be, then promote that honestly and have all AGC guides in agreement. The accomodations in the huts in Wells Gray were extremely rustic. Be more accurate in your descriptions: No showers. Close sleeping quarters.
Trip was amazing! Highlight was the magnificent scenery, especially wildflowers at their peak. Brenda and Christine were great guides, hut accomodations were actually nicer than I expected, food was decent, and congenial companions. Only disappointment was some lingering smoke from BC fires that obscured some distant views.
The scenery was spectacular despite the smoke obscuring distant views and causing some respiratory discomfort. We had a group that meshed well- which we all know can be the difference between a fair and great experience. The trip leaders took a few days to understand each others' roles - I was surprised they hadn't discussed beforehand. It might have been a better use of their talents to schedule activities that each would be leading. (eg. Tuesday night map reading- which we never got to do- Wednesday 7am Yoga,etc) It would be nice to have known the options too.
It was a beautiful trip. It was disappointing that the smoke was a factor, but obviously out of your control. Sure would have liked to have seen those stars! :-) The wildflowers were a definite highlight. Spectacular!
Yes , laying outside at 2 am on a tarp,to watch shooting stars! Mountain views Hiking in the rain......knowing that I would not have to put my tent up and then try to keep dry the rest of the night and.... Make my dinner, first making a fire with wet wood....and on and on Hiking with ladies who after lunch could sit back and sit ....but well let's climb up that mountain and see what we can see. Oh, Let's not kill the mouse. Who is so cute. (I hate mice) But decides to eat his stash p, e stole from us, eatting it by my by new friends head... But at My feet (because I insisted upon sleeping opposite...just so I could hit my head every nite on the ceiling) Yes we had a good time
It was great to meet up with friends I made on Machu Picchu trip. The scenery was outstanding. What a great group of gals...we always had fun!
Loved being able to hike every day in an alpine wilderness area! Both leaders were fantastic as well as the group of women on this trip.
Seeing the wildflowers in full bloom was the highlight. When participants use a trip as a reunion they tend to form a clique and others feel left out. Most of those who had gone to Peru together did not make a big issue of it, but Stephanie brought it up a lot. That was tiresome.
the group the leaders the area
The hut to hut trip was fantastic. The scenery was amazing; the hiking was difficult but manageable; the huts were well stocked and comfortable and the guides were fantastic.