Alpine Adventure Camp

The higher you get, the better it gets! Let Sweet Skills & Tyax Adventures take you deep into the backcountry for an adventure of a lifetime!


The Alpine Adventure Camp is well suited to the fit adventurous rider who wants to push themselves a little further and experience more wilderness and more adventure! The rewards are high as we reach some of the most spectacular terrain in the South Chilcotins Park. Sweet Skills & Tyax Adventures have collaborated for their 7th year to offer women's only backcountry experiences.

This unique opportunity to ride camp to camp with experienced coaches and guides is truly unparalleled and offered nowhere else in Canada. We’ll be on our bikes for longer days as we uncover the magic of the Chilcotins. Pedal and hike-a-bike over remote mountain passes, enjoy incredible views as we roll through vast meadows and signature rolling single track with some technically challenging sections.

windy downTo start the adventure, our group is dropped off by floatplane at Lorna Lake - one of the most beautiful alpine lakes around! From here we ride further into the wilderness to wide open valleys, gorgeous peaks, and flowing streams. At the end of day 1 we make our way up and over a mountain pass and enjoy a fun downhill right into camp. Your 2nd day will be another great adventure up another mountain pass as we ride, push, and cheer each other to the top. Be rewarded with one of the funnest and longest descents in the area! Day 3 will offer more descending than climbing as we make our way down the valley and enjoy some flowy trails with shorter climbs than the other 2 days. Chill out in the camps with new friends at the end of the day recounting the highlights and taking in the fresh mountain views.

This camp is geared towards strong intermediate and advanced riders looking for a little more adventure and longer days. Expect to ride for 4-8 hrs each day, trails have some technical challenges and will involve some steeper hill climbs with hike-a-bike sections.

INCLUDES

  • 3 days of riding and coaching along the trail, riding hut to hut
  • 1 float plane drop to alpine lake
  • 1 night at the Bearpaw Camp backcountry cabin*
  • 1 night at Spruce Camp backcountry cabin*
  • Bag drop to Spruce Lake**
  • Hearty meals provided by Tyax Adventures & the camp host from the first day’s lunch to the last day’s lunch
  • Shuttle pick up at the end of the trail on the last day
  • Prizes and discounts from sponsors

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*Bearpaw & Spruce Backcountry Camps offer a cook cabin with dining area, wood stove, and hot shower. Lots of outdoor covered seating is offered with a campfire zone. There are 5 cozy canvas walled tents on platforms with raised beds, thick mattresses and warm sleeping bags that sleep 2 people each (2 single beds).

**Replenish your riding and lounging gear for your 2nd nights backcountry stay and 3rd days ride with a bag drop to Spruce Lake.

PRICE 

*Booking starts December 1st at 8am
$1475 + gst Early Bird until Jan 31, 2021  BOOK NOW
Deposit to book is $600 with balance due 60 days prior
$1550 + gst as of Feb 1, 2021 

Skill Level: I-IA  Fitness Level: 4-6

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ITINERARY

Day 1

Meet your coaches and the group at the Tyax Adventures Base in the morning (time TBD) to start the adventure with a bigcreekfloatplane ride to the alpine. The flight from Tyaughten Lake to Lorna Lake will open your eyes to the beauty of the area as we fly over much of the terrain that we’ll be riding. Once we’re all at Lorna Lake we’ll depart along some technical-wilderness singletrack including several creek crossings and some marshy sections following stunning Big Creek. The trail will start to become more flowing as we roll farther along Big Creek. We will be in the Big Creek Provincial park and will ride into the historic Graveyard Valley, a special spot with great historic value for the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) and St’at’imc (Lillooet) First Nations. After passing through this gorgeous valley we will start the day’s real challenge, a gentle but sustained climb up Elbow Pass. We might be walking with our bikes in some sections but we will take our time and enjoy the challenge and check out some fossils along the way. At the top of the pass everyone will be rewarded with unbeatable views and a sweet flowing singletrack descent! At the valley bottom we’ll ride rolling terrain right into our Bear Paw camp in stunning meadows with lots of room to spread out, relax and have a good stretch before dinner.
Approximate Daily Stats: 26kms / 5-7hrs (575m climbing, 750m descending)

Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast and enjoying the peaceful setting in the mountains, we’ll get moving with a morning mobility sessiondeer pass group web and pack our lunches for the day’s adventure. We’ll roll out of camp along some technical terrain before climbing up and over the spectacular alpine terrain of Deer Pass. This climb will have some longer hike-a-bike sections and will offer the chance to really test your climbing skills with a net elevation gain of 650m (about 2 hours up). Your climbing efforts up the pass will be rewarded with spectacular views in all directions. Enjoy the the vast open wilderness as you start descending down the alpine on a super fun and flowy 750m descent. After one last stop to enjoy the alpine splendour the trail winds through some steeper terrain with switchbacks that bring you from the rocky alpine to the valley floor. You’ll then make your way to Spruce Lake via trails that skirt the shores of multiple wilderness lakes along some technical terrain and then a challenging climb up to Spruce Lake. Your resupply bag will be waiting for you at Spruce camp (change of clothes, drinks, etc). Spend the evening catching a trout in Spruce Lake or just relaxing by the campfire after a solid day’s effort.
Approximate Daily Stats: 30kms / 7-8 hrs (1055m climbing, 1250m descending)

Day 3

Wake up in the mountains and enjoy your last morning in camp. After breakfast and a mobility warm up, we’ll hit the trail with a Penny Gunshort technical ride around the lake before getting out into the gorgeous Gun Meadows. Here we’ll have some great photo opportunities and will get to use all the skills we learned over the weekend to navigate some of the most fun flowing trails in the area. After the Gun Meadows we we’ll join the Gun Creek trail and follow this rolling terrain through twisty aspen trees, smooth floored pine forests, short technical climbs, and fast flowy trail following the Gun Creek. At the end of the trail our shuttle will be waiting to whisk us back up to Tyax Base. Say farewell to your group, collect some sweet swag from the sponsors and take home some great stories to share with your friends!
Approximate Daily Stats: 25kms / 4-5 hrs (430m climbing, 1110m descending)

***Pre / Post trip accommodations:
Any pre-trip accommodations must be arranged on your own in advance. On day 1 we meet in the morning so you will need to arrange camping or accommodations for the night before trip start. Tyax Resorts offers deluxe accommodations and a full service campground. Other rustic campgrounds are also available in the area. Location & direction to Tyax Adventures Base

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