Getting Ready

FOR THE TRAIL/PACKING CLINIC AND GUIDES COURSE

FOOD ON HAND - Bread, Milk, Margarine, Cooking oil, Sugar, Spices, Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo, Jams, Peanut butter, Honey, Syrup, Pancake mix, Cereals, Porridges, Kraft dinner, Noodles, Spaghetti, Rice, Potatoes, Canned Spaghetti sauce, Canned vegetables, Canned pork and beans, Canned sardines and fish, Canned beef and prem, Cookies.

SUGGESTED TO BRING - Fresh meats, veggie, salads, fruits. Favorite pastries, desserts, treats, munchies, packtrip food if you plan to camp out, any other food you choose(can always leave extra lobster here).

WHAT TO BRING – Sleeping bag, Warm clothes, extra socks etc., Warm coat, Rain gear, Extra gloves and toque, Hiking/work boots, Extra runners or gum boots etc, Personals(toothbrush, soaps, shavers, wash cloth, etc.), Water resistant hat ie. cowboy hat, Sunglasses, Camera, Extra car keys, Bug dope, Sun screen. Try to have items packed in a duffel type bag or a Backpack, etc.

ARRIVAL – Try to arrive between 2 pm and dark, any earlier and Stan will put you to work, Stores close by in town for supplies and groceries. See the links for directions on how to get here. We are located a few kilometers from McBride, B.C. at the end of Sansom Road. You simple head down mainstreet, turn left at the end (train tracks), then continue on that road under the underpass and down Sansom road to the very end, and drive into our gate with the large sign.

GUIDES COURSE – Bring any related outdoor items. ie. Your bow and arrows, GPS, a favorite firearm and shotgun(firearms must remained under lock in vehicles until the proper time then placed back), favorite optics, game calls, back backs, outdoor clothing and footwear, knives or other tools, etc. Call us for further discussion if you wish. If you do not have some or any of the items do not worry we have lots!

FOR PACK TRIP RENTAL

NOTE: All of these items below are very important and will be followed at the trailhead before you leave. Please understand that whether you rent a quad or a boat or a car there are guidelines for care and efficient and safe use. Horses are no different.

  1. Prepare for no more than 45 pounds in each pack box. Know exactly how many horses you have and plan what goes on each horse. ie. 4 riders and 4 packhorses and 8 sets of boxes at 45 pounds per box. This would include food, cookwear, stove, lantern, etc. Have cardboard boxes at home ready to go with 45 pounds in each. Do not add items you shop for on the way, rather, leave boxes empty and fill them with items you buy. If you feel you need to pack alchohol, electric fences, 3 knives, 100 rounds of ammo, or any other of the amazing things you can buy at the Super Sports store, then take out your food and pots etc. Hints to pack light – use only small items of mayo, ketchup, etc. Take some dry food as well as heavy food. Plan your meals to the exact day. Just do not take things you do not need, you will find if you go trim and light it is easier to pack every day, find things, takes less time to get going and will be a more enjoyable trip.
  2. Each person will have one gear bag(provided as part of the rental gear) with 15 pounds of clothes and personals in the gear bag. Weigh these amounts at home. Note: this is just personal clothes, pants, shirts, T shirts, sweaters, socks, underclothes. Other items like extra warm coats, rain gear, gloves, touque, camera, bino’s etc will go on saddle horse in saddle bags etc.
  3. Each person will have a second gear bag with sleeping bag inside or a bedroll with thermarest to match the weight of the first gear bag. If you take a cot it needs to be lightweight and compact. Note that your gear bags and bed roll are designed to fit two to a top load. Tents are usually packed alone as a top load.
  4. If you want to wear a back pack while riding it needs to be small size and near empty, no more than five pounds total weight. We prefer to hang these small packs over the off side of the saddle horn. If you pack larger back packs they can be packed completely empty and flat on the packhorses with no problem. Do not plan to ride in with a ten pound pack on your back! This is too hard on the saddle horse when added with saddle bags, cantle pack, axes, saws, guns and your weight. They are also top heavy and can be dangerous if you need to move quick.
  5. BE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE ABOVE INSTRUCITONS OR YOU WILL EXPERIENCE DELAYS AND FRUSTRATION AT THE TRAIL HEAD.
  6. Take the time to read the wrangling and safety instruction manual sections – The Blue Creek Book! Pay particular attention to the part that says horses will be fed properly, meaning specifically that they will not be tied up over night but allowed to feed each night, except at the trail head with unlimited feed an water.