Wild Women Take The North – July 16-24, 2023
You come to love it; the blisters and the bruises, legs shaking under the weight of your pack. When bad weather strikes, and you are tired and soaked and wondering why you chose to put yourself through this. But you love it; because through it all and at the end of it all you are stronger, tougher and taller and just stretched the boundary of what you think you can and cannot do, that much wider.
The Muskwa Kechika is a vast wilderness area comprised of 6.4 million hectares filled with immense boreal forests, unnamed mountain peaks and fast-moving rivers, all of which extend for hundreds of kilometres in any direction. Join us as us Wild Women head deep into the heart of the wilds on a 7-backpacking trip.
The trip will begin at the MacDonald Valley Trailhead at kilometre 632 of the Alaska Highway in Stone Mountain Provincial Park and will take us through approximately 70 kilometres of wilderness to our final destination, Wokkpash Lake. Once we arrive at Wokkpash Lake, a couple of days will be enjoyed for fishing and exploring this remote wilderness lake. Ending the trip, we will be shuttled out via floatplane from Wokkpash Lake into Muncho Lake. This flight through this remote part of the Rockies is a trip in itself. Once we arrive at the lake, where we will venture off to Liard River Hot Springs to finish off the trip relaxing. With a one-night stay at the world-famous Muncho Lake Lodge.
This trip will test you, challenge you and more importantly change you. Becoming completely self-sufficient, relying on nothing but our own legs and what we can carry on our backs, we women will complete a trek that instills a new sense of outlook on what we are capable of. As such, a trip like this is taken very seriously by Northern Rockies Fitness and safety is of the utmost importance. Due to the nature of the trip, distance to cover and type of terrain, experience in hiking is an asset.
A lengthy distance (approximately 60-70 kilometres) will be covered on foot and will require participants to carry a heavy pack with all of the equipment, gear and food for a 7-day trip into the Rockies. Steep inclines will be encountered, as well as river crossings on foot. While there are challenges that will be presented to participants; safety is of the utmost importance to Northern Rockies Fitness.
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 situation occurs, and a local helicopter company will be aware of our whereabouts for the duration of the trip.
The mentality of the group on a trip like this is to enjoy ourselves and the hike, to embrace the challenges and more importantly work together as a group with no woman left behind or feeling as they are slowing down the group. Plenty of time has been allotted to hike to our final destination, Wokkpash Lake, before pickup by the floatplane.
1-Night Stay at Muncho Lake Lodge with dinner & breakfast included.
Float plane from Wokkpash Lake, BC to Muncho Lake, BC.
Shuttle from Muncho Lake to Liard River Hot Springs.
Guided backpacking tour into Wokkpash Lake, BC with two experienced guides.
Northern Rockies Fitness swag.
1 group zoom meeting to discuss gear packing and any questions you may have. Zoom meeting details will be emailed out closer to the date.
Gear rentals available if needed! Separate from fee.
Fee: $1500. The deposit to hold your spot is $250. The deposit is non-refundable and included in the fee! Your spot will not be held until deposit is paid and registration form is filled out. Payment plans can be arranged but all payments must be made by 12:00 PM May 15, 2023. Anything after 12:00 PM May 15, 2023 your spot will be cancelled due to lack of payment. Booking after May 15, 2023 – payment must be made in full and any cancellations after May 15, 2023 there will be no refunds.
Transportation: Transportation will not be provided to the trailhead by Northern Rockies Fitness, but in an initiative to reduce congestion at the trailhead parking area, we will help organize carpooling during our backpack preparation night (zoom meeting).
Limited to 16 SPOTS!
Day 1 - July 16, 2023
- 10:30 AM
- Meet at Vistor's Center
- Arrive at front of the visitor center towards the forest in the back. Please have your vehicle filled with gas when arriving. Approximately 5 hours driving there and back in vehicle.
- 11:00 AM
- Drive to trailhead.
- Safety Meeting/Start our way into Wokkpash Lake, BC.
Day 2 to 7 - July 17-22, 2023
- ALL DAY
- Make our way into Wokkpash Lake and have a day to relax there.
- The pace will depend on the group of ladies and campsites will be chosen along the way depending on the pace.
Day 8 - July 23, 2022
- 10:00 AM
- Pick up via float plane from Wokkpash Lake, Muncho Lake, BC.
- 2 Trips will be made. Seating will be arranged.
- 1:00 PM
- Check in.
- Rooms will have your names on it and all you have to do is grab a key at the front desk.
- 4:00 PM
- Shuttle to Liard River Hotsprings.
- A shuttle and van will take us up to the hotsprings and drive us back.
- 7:30 PM
- Meal selection will be emailed out. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or restrictions before hand.
Day 9 - July 24, 2023
- 8:30 AM
- Check out.