Heart of the MacDonald

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MACDONALD VALLEY – STONE MOUNTAIN PROVINCIAL PARK. 

WOMEN ONLY.

4-Day Backpacking Tour.

“Now let’s find the heart in the mountains.”

Join us for a 4-day backpacking adventure into the MacDonald Valley. Feel prepared for your first multi-day or another one on your list backcountry adventure with advice from our trail experts written specifically with the new and experienced backpacker in mind. We’ll teach you the beginner skills you need to plan your trip, pack appropriately, navigate the trail, set up your campsite, knot tying, bear awareness and more.

We make our way across the MacDonald Creek the first day and have most of the day to set up our camp and take in your new view for the next 3 days. In the morning’s we enjoy our breakfast & coffee, and make our way on the trail for 10:00 AM. Both day hikes are great hikes with a view. We’ll be peaking a mountain for one of the day hikes. Our km’s and elevation gain all depend on the day and the weather that presents itself. This is a trip where we search for the next game trail and take it from there. This trip always has a huge piece of me as I’ve always chased those heart shapes from the birds eye view. 

“Now let’s find the heart in the mountains.”

 

Note this trip relies on river levels. Destination of trip may change but will stay in the Stone Mountain Provincial Park/MacDonald Valley. 

Included: 

4 – Day guided backpacking tour into Stone Mountain Provincial Park.

1 Camp made with two day hikes out of the camp. 

2 Guided day hikes. 

3 Nights sleeping under the stars. 

4 Days mountain-side. 

Bear spray mini course. 

Plant identification. 

River and creek crossing.

Prizes. 

Peak Wyld Co swag. 

Knot tying and survival skills. 

First aid kit, emergency supplies, and a communication device will be carried by guides.

$5 From every booking goes towards the Northern Rockies Trails Society. 

Shared photo album between everyone. 

1-Zoom Meeting for bag checking, questions, safety meeting, and organizing carpool if needed.

FEE & REFUND POLICY

Fee: $650 + GST = $682.50

Refund Policy: You will be required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit to confirm your spot. There will be no refunds on your deposit. You will have until May 15, 2024 to complete your full payment or else spot will be cancelled due to lack of payment. Any bookings after May 15, 2024 payment must be made in full. Any cancellations after May 15, 2024 will receive NO refund. 

How do I pay? Click BOOK NOW at the top of the page!

We accept email transfers. Please send to jocelyn@peakwyldco.ca. 

Want to arrange a credit card payment, please contact us directly at the same email address above and we will get that sent to you! Credit card fees applied.

What if the trip gets cancelled? 

If cancelled due to ‘act of god’, your credit will be moved to a future date.  

GEAR RENTALS AVAILABLE 

LIGHTWEIGHT TENT (2 Person) – $50  

JETBOIL + 1 Canister – $50 

HIKING POLES – $20

BACKPACKING CHAIR – $50

BEAR PROOF DRY BAGS – $50

FREQUENTLY ASKED TRIP QUESTIONS 

How is the water?

No lack of water on this trip. A 2L bladder and 1 L size water bottles will be enough for carrying. The rivers can come up and turn the river brown and grey from runoff. Always safe to carry a filter when going into the backcountry.

Where do we meet?

Fort Nelson Visitor Centre – 10 AM – August 23, 2024

Do we have fires every night?

It all depends on what the current situation is with wildfires. It’s great to know before you go, when it comes to fire bans. Some areas on the trail we won’t be having fires no matter what the ban’s current situation is.

Is liquor allowed? 

Yes, but not supplied. 

Where do we go to the bathroom?

You’ll be required to create catholes. Catholes should be dug at least 200 feet (60M) from water sources, walking trails, or campsites. Always use the buddy system when adventuring away from camp. Carry bear spray. The rule of the trip is if you go to the bathroom you come back with a stick for the fire. There is an outhouse at Wokkpash Lake.

How many guides will be there?

Two experienced guides will be present during the trip to provide support and knowledge. An In-Reach Satellite communication device will be carried which provides two-way messaging and contact to helicopter support in the unlikely event an emergency occurs, and a local helicopter company will be aware of our whereabouts for the duration of the trip.

Will you send out a detailed itinerary?

Yes, we will send out a detailed plan of our day-to-day activities. But on a trip like this it is good to know river levels control our days and weather can impact what we do in a day. The river is sometimes not passable due to flooding. This is part of working in the mountains, you never know what the day will bring.

What about bears & wildlife?

We follow great bear safety as travelling in a group to start. There are small and big game on the trail. We share the trails with them. Porcupines and marmots have been a problem on previous trips. Make sure your supplies are in dry bags. It’s hard to store food in certain places so we do our best to stay bear safe. A gun will be carried by guides to provide safety. Food items will be stored away from camp when possible. Bear proof dry bags are available to rent! 

Are dogs allowed?

There are no other dogs allowed on this trip. Only guides are allowed to bring their dogs. 

Is there cell service?

There is no cell service on the trail. If you have a Satelittle communication device I suggest bringing it. 

Do you have to tip the guides? 

The success of each trip depends on our excellent staff. If you received great service on the trip we always recommend leaving a tip, we don’t have a price range. Whatever you feel is best. Leaving a tip makes our guides feel valued and appreciated. Our tour guides are the reason these trips run and what not better way to thank them from a great trip! 

Communication

Peak Wyld Co carries satellite email systems for use in emergencies. Inreach Garmin. 

Liability Insurance

Peak Wyld Co carries liability insurance, as required by the conditions of the Park Use Permit.

Where can I find the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and travel requirements? 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home

TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS

Travel costs to reach the trailhead are the responsibility of the participant. Transportation will not be provided to the trailhead by Peak Wyld Co, but in an initiative to reduce congestion at the trailhead parking area, we will help organize carpooling during our backpack preparation night (zoom meeting). If carpooling with someone I suggest $100 to split the gas! 

Here are a few options for participants who want to fly to the location. 

1. Air service to Fort Nelson is provided by Central Mountain Air. The most
economical airfare includes flights from Vancouver to Prince George with a major carrier like Air Canada or Westjet, and then a flight from Prince George to Fort Nelson with Central Mountain Air.

2. Folks can also fly to Fort St. John and obtain ground transportation with Peak Wyld Co from there with travels. Please contact us about this topic if you would like to discuss this option.

HOTELS TO STAY AT IN FORT NELSON

Super 8 

Woodlands Inn 

Lakeview Inn & Suits

For any other questions please feel free to reach out to us at jocelyn@peakwyldco.ca and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!