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DAY 1 | ARRIVAL…WITH A VIEW!
The trip begins with a stunning flight over endless mountains and glaciers from Vancouver to Bella Coola. The entire group will fly in together on a small 19-seater plane so don’t worry - everyone gets a window seat! We’ll stay at a locally-run lodge just a few minutes from the airport and you’ll have an optional evening shakeout run around the valley floor to get acclimated before enjoying a welcome feast and resting up for tomorrow’s morning run.
Running: No scheduled run (5-10km shakeout optional)
Meals: Dinner (D) included
DAY 2 | RUN, RAFT, RUN AGAIN!
Wake up for a light breakfast before heading out for our first run! This run will start with rolling jeep track through beautiful forest before a winding single track up to Lost Lake viewpoint with views of the whole Bella Coola valley. Next we will scramble down to the Bella Coola river where rafts await for a relaxed, guided float downriver during which you can admire the views and, hopefully, spot wildlife as described by our local expert. The rafts will drop us off for a short run through gigantic cedars before reaching the road leading back to the lodge. You’ll have the evening to enjoy the hot tub, sit by the fire pit, and go multi-course again at dinner.
Running: 7-13 miles / 11-20 km; 1000ft/300m elevation gain. Jeep road and single track trail. Pavement last mile.
DAY 3 | INTO THE HIGH ALPINE
Enjoy another breakfast at the lodge before driving up into a valley leading to Odegaard Falls. You’ll quickly have great views of the falls and surrounding mountains before beginning a steady climb out of the forested slopes and emerging into a valley scattered with small lakes and alpine vegetation. Our turnaround point is the Purgatory Glacier viewpoint where we’ll admire the huge glacier across the valley against the backdrop of Iroquois Peak. After the run you will have another evening to enjoy the home comforts of the lodge and another hearty meal.
Running: up to 12 miles / 20 km; 2500ft/800m elevation gain. Double track, forested jeep road.
DAY 4 | WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA
Enjoy a relaxed morning, beginning with breakfast before a cultural excursion to learn about the fascinating history of the local Nuxalk nation. A relatively easy run will follow with a rolling downhill along the path of the Bella Coola river to reach the ocean. Here we will enjoy an al fresco salmon and seafood barbeque for lunch. Views of nearby Clayton Falls are within easy walk and - if you’re brave enough! - restore your legs for the days ahead with a dip in the ocean. One more evening at the lodge before adventuring into the wild…
Running: up to 7 miles / 11 km; pavement
DAY 5 | INTO THE WILD
Pack in a big breakfast this morning - there is a big day ahead! We will drive up into the Atnarko River valley and to the literal end of the road in Tweedsmuir Park. From our start point there are 10 miles of single track climbing up into the mountains (hiking is fine!) to reach our wilderness camp at Turner Lake. Along the way you’ll have the chance to view Hunlen Falls, which at a height of 850 ft/260m is the third highest in Canada! Upon reaching Turner Lake the adventure isn’t quite over - you’ll paddle in pairs by canoe along the lake to reach our campsite. Accommodation will be a mix of rustic cabins & tents, food and other supplies will be delivered by float plane. A hearty dinner by the campfire, a sky full of stars above and the phenomenal surroundings will complete the wilderness experience!
Running: 10 miles / 16 km; single track. 4500 ft/ 1500m elevation gain
Paddle: 1.2 miles / 2km
DAY 6 | THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELLED
After breakfast at camp we will use our mountain retreat as a base to venture further into the mountains to beautiful Ptarmigan Lake, which is tucked away amidst alpine peaks. First though, back into the canoes - we’ll paddle to the trailhead before setting out on more beautiful single track that gradually climbs up above the treeline into high alpine terrain. The goal is to reach Ptarmigan Lake and enjoy stunning wilderness views in all directions, before returning back down to Turner Lake and paddling back to camp again. The evening is yours to swim, paddle, or kick back by the campfire before enjoying another hearty camp dinner.
Running: up to 14 miles / 23 km; single track. 2100 ft/ 700m elevation gain.
DAY 7 | OUT OF THE WILD…AND UP FREEDOM ROAD
Wake up with the sun for a final camp breakfast before we pack up and paddle back to the trailhead again. Remember that 10 mile climb that you did 2 days ago? Well, what goes up must come down! Enjoy the trail from a different perspective as you cruise the downhills all the way back to our vehicle pick-up. From here we will drive up the historic ‘Freedom Road,’ climbing almost 6000 ft/ 2000m out of Bella Coola Valley and onto the Chilcotin Plateau. Comfy cabins with all the creature comforts and an evening of feasting at our waterfront Nimpo Lake resort awaits.
Running: 10 miles / 16 km; single track. 4500 ft/ 1500m elevation loss.
DAY 8 | ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
Our last run day! Start with a big breakfast at the lodge before driving into Tweedsmuir Park and the Rainbow Range. This winding trail will take us through pristine forest and past small lakes before emerging out onto high alpine terrain and up the prominent Molar Peak. This will be the literal - and, if the weather cooperates, figurative - high point of our trip as we take in the stunning colors of the Rainbow Range. It will be tough to top that moment, but we’ll do our best that evening with a final dinner, a well-earned beer or three, and of course, awards!
Running: up to 13 miles / 22 km; forested single track, open high alpine terrain. Up to 3000 ft/ 900 m elevation gain.
DAY 9 | DEPARTURE
A morning shakeout run is optional on the trails around the lake near our cabins. Enjoy one last big Canadian breakfast before a short drive to the airport for your flight back to Vancouver.
Running: No organized run (3-6 mi / 5-10km shakeout optional)
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to changes due to weather or other logistical considerations**
PRICING & DETAILS
Saturday, July 27 through Sunday, August 4, 2019
A $600 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Standard Pricing (through April 27): $3695**
Late Pricing (After April 27): $3850
Balances due by April 27, 2018. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.
**The first four nights are spent in a nice lodge with a limited mix of single, queen & twin rooms available. Please indicate your preference when you register, and we will assign rooms in the order of your registration. Those who share a room - either as a couple in a queen room or with a roommate in a twin room - will be given a $150 per person discount code to apply to their balance. If you are a solo traveler who prefers a roommate, we will do our best to place you with one (subject to availability of both a same-sex roommate and a twin room). Everyone else will have a single room for those four nights at the posted trip price.
Pre-trip guidance + communication
Regional flight from Vancouver (YVR) to Bella Coola on July 27
Regional flight from Anahim Lake to Vancouver (YVR) on August 4
Transportation: passenger vans and/or 4x4 vehicles, fuel, and drivers
Four nights in a newly renovated, traditional-style lodge with comfortable rooms, hot tub and fire pit with mountain views and great home cooked food (single and double occupancy available - see pricing for details and indicate your preference when you register)
Two nights camping in rustic wilderness cabins or tents at established campsite deep in the mountains. Freshly cooked meals over the campfire, lake swimming, views of mountains all around (shared accommodation)
Two nights in classic, cozy Canadiana-style cabins, each with their very own wood burning stove! Communal lodge building with bar, restaurant and deck overlooking Nimpo Lake (double-occupancy)
All camping gear except sleeping bag and pillow
Seven unique organized & guided runs
Raft trip with experienced nature guides
Canoes to get to/from campsite
All necessary wilderness permits
Experienced Rogue Expeditions trip leaders & and local logistics team
All breakfasts, all lunches & all dinners from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day
Rogue Expeditions shirt
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Transport to/from Vancouver International Airport
Alcohol and beverages other than water (coffee is provided with breakfasts)
Sleeping bag or pillow (if desired) for campsite
This trip requires two mandatory 10 mile days (Days 5 & 7) with significant elevation change, getting to and then from our campsite (4500 ft / 1400m of climbing there, then 4500 ft / 1400m of descent to return two days later). All other routes are adjustable in terms of distance and plans will be tweaked according to the ability mix of the group. Daily maximums are listed on the itinerary and, as always, there is no time or pace pressure - some hiking is fine and to be expected. Though we’ll be on established trails, please be comfortable with and excited about remote wilderness. You are always welcome to skip any run aside from Day 5 & 7.
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 runners. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early deposits are recommended!
The flight from Vancouver International Airport to Bella Coola will depart ~1:45pm on July 27** - arriving in Vancouver at least one day early strongly encouraged to avoid missing that flight. If you do choose to fly in that day, plan for at least a 4 hour buffer at the airport - therefore your arrival in Vancouver should be no later than 9:45am. This is to allow time to clear immigration, collect your checked luggage, and take the shuttle bus to the domestic terminal.
You will return to the Vancouver domestic terminal at 12:45pm on August 4. Your outbound flight from Vancouver should depart no earlier than 3:45pm on August 4. This is to allow time in case of delays, and for transfer from the domestic terminal to the main terminal.
**confirmed flight schedules will not be released by the airline until Nov 30, so please do not book travel until you have received the go-ahead from us in December**
US citizens will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity left; no visas or vaccinations are required. Participants from other countries should check with their consulate for entry requirements.
Please note that travel insurance is strongly recommended. Although we hope you never need it, we've seen enough to know that it can be a lifesaver in the event of a medical emergency, flight delays that cause you to miss the start of the trip, lost baggage or cancellation on your part (break your leg two weeks before departure? Miss the flight to Bella Coola and have to book another on your own? Insurance could cover the entire cost of your trip, or that missed flight!).
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