Global Adventure - Wells Gray Hut To Hut Hiking Adventure/British Columbia

Wells Gray Hut To Hut Hiking Adventure/British Columbia

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  • Thu, Aug 4, 2011 — Thu, Aug 11, 2011
  • Adults


Join a hut to hut hiking adventure through the remote Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park. Imagine seven days of spectacular alpine hiking with a light pack and enjoying the comforts of three wilderness chalets with catered meals. This is one of BC’s best hut to hut hiking adventures.

Day hikes between mountain chalets and day hikes from chalets will reveal an abundance of stunning mountain scenery, a colorful kaleidoscope of subalpine and alpine wildflowers, botanical wonders, sparkling lakes, glimpses of wildlife from birds to large mammals, and fascinating volcanic and other geological features.

Hiking to and between the three chalets will be leisurely to moderately-paced on established easy to moderately-strenuous trails and on some indistinct or off-trail sections. You have options from each chalet: short to long hikes, a relaxing day at the chalet, and usually a lake for swimming near the chalet or on the hikes.

We should see several wildlife species. Small herds of woodland caribou may be sighted on our day hike from Fight Meadow Chalet. A few shy, rarely seen grizzly bears roam the high country. Smaller mammals are less elusive and a telephoto lens may help capture their images. Bird life is amazing within varied habitats of the alpine and subalpine meadows, ridges, forests and valleys.

The area boasts the best alpine wildflower meadows that you perhaps will ever see. The timing of our trip should coincide with the expansive, most colorful summer bloom of wildflowers in the Wells Gray high country. You will walk through some flower meadows nearly up to your waist.

Lodging: Wells Gray Inn room with 2-bed double occupancy for August 4, and option for August 11 for additional fee. Single occupancy at the inn may be available at additional cost.

Six nights at mountain chalets with sleeping lofts, where mattresses, blankets, duvets and pillows are provided. Bring sleeping sheet (or sleeping bag liner) and pillow case for the cabins. Chalets have reading material, games and cards, slippers in buildings (no need for extra shoes).

Trophy Mountain and Fight Meadow Chalets have an upstairs’ sleeping area (semi-private sleeping platform berths), and a downstairs’ living/dining area and kitchen. Discovery Chalet, between the other two chalets, does not have a full upstairs but has a loft with open, dormitory style sleeping area and private double bed downstairs.

Price: For 10-12 people, approx $1,240; 8-9 people, approx $1,415; 6-7 people, approx $1,490. Included are: chalet lodging, professional guiding service, meals during hiking days (Aug 5 lunch through Aug 11 lunch), group ground transport on first and last hiking days, one night pre-trek lodging in Clearwater, trail maps/descriptions, Mountaineer Foreign Outing and leader fee, taxes, administrative and other miscellaneous fees. Not included: meals prior to lunch on August 5 and after lunch on August 11, basic travel/evacuation insurance (required), personal items, gratuities, and any diversions from the group itinerary.

Location: Clearwater is about 1.5 hours NE of Kamloops. Drive time from Seattle is about 8 hours.

Requirements: Trip limits will be a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12. Sponsored by the Seattle Hiking and Backpacking Committees, this trip is open to all current Mountaineers. Participants must be able to hike 6-10 miles daily on trails or routes of at least moderate to moderately strenuous difficulty.

Leader’s approval necessary. Valid passport or WA enhanced driver’s license required prior to registration.

Leader and professional guide service: Leader Linda Moore has led numerous multi-day hiking, backpacking, photo, naturalist and skiing trips in western Canada and the northwestern U.S. for over 20 years for the Mountaineers. She led a 2007 Mountaineers outing to northern Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park. A professional guide with Wells Gray Adventures will guide our group. Your guide is a highly qualified professional, with years of wilderness guiding experience, an excellent leader, good cook, competent naturalist and fun to be with. The guide and Linda are knowledgeable about the area’s natural history, geology and wildlife.

Wells Gray Adventures has offered guided trips in Wells Gray Park for over 20 years, and maintains a high level of environmental stewardship and environmentally sustainable chalets where it operates.

Reservations: A deposit of $250 is required per person to reserve space. Deposit due by February 15, and balance due in full by June 1. If our group size is less than 8, another party may be joining us in the chalets and on daily hikes.

Cancellations: In the event of a participant’s cancellation, non-recoverable group expenses incurred will be borne by the canceling participant. If cancellation is made prior to June 1, full refund will be made, less $100 plus any non-recoverable expenses. Beginning June 1, there will be a cancellation fee of $250 plus any non-recoverable expenses. The leader or The Mountaineers reserve the right to cancel the trip or to make changes in the itinerary, and extra costs if any including exchange rate changes, shall be paid by the trip members. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a trip member should such person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the trip or the rights or welfare and enjoyment of other trip members, and refund of unused trip services will be the limit of liability of The Mountaineers.

Info: Wells Gray Park, trails, guidebook: Nature Wells Gray (Goward and Hickson), and topo map: West Raft River 82 M/13.

Interest, questions: Contact Linda Moore, (preferred), 425-347-7650. A pre-trip questionnaire and medical form, available from the leader, will be required of all participants. Wells Gray Adventures requires medical and waiver forms completed in advance.
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