Category: Camping

Tyax COVID-19 Response

Dear Friends and Fans of Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing,

As we remain fully committed to the health, safety, and well-being of both our guests and our staff at Tyax Lodge, we are closely and actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are conforming to the guidelines put forth by the federal and provincial governments, local health officials, and the World Health Organization.

Summer 2020

July 15, 2020 Update

The response this summer from visitors has been wonderful…..conditions in the campground continue to be improved, and as of 3 days ago, we inaugurated a second set of outhouses, down by the lower level.  Never has such excitement been had over a “poo station”.  

Also, our restaurant will be opening up once again, on Saturday, July 18th.  While still offering a limited menu, we are slowly returning to what we all consider our new normal.  

Please note that the campsites have been extremely popular.  We only offer booking online, no walk-ins, so if you are interested in camping at our lakeside campground, be sure to get your requests in as soon as you know your dates.  There are many days that have already sold out.

Stay safe and healthy!

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With these priorities of our guests and staff in mind, and against an ever-changing backdrop of travel restrictions around the world, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to delay the opening date of Tyax Lodge’s upcoming summer season to Friday, June 26, 2020.

At that time, our campground and chalets will become available, however, we are currently expected to keep the lodge closed until further notice. Please note that while our restaurant will also remain closed, our patio will be open for drinks and light snacks.

We have undertaken enhanced health and safety measures by reinforcing our sanitation and cleaning protocols to keep all visitors to our area and resort as safe as we can.

As the guidance for travel is constantly being updated, we will remain as fluid as we can while the situation evolves. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

Despite these ongoing challenges, we are look forward to welcoming many new and returning guests to the Bridge River Valley.

To request a summer booking or to obtain our current availability, please contact:
Mal, Guest Services/Reservations, at reservations@tyax.com

Our phones continue to be monitored Monday to Friday during reduced office hours.

Winter 2021

August 7th, 2020 update

Our ‘no questions asked’ refund policy has now been extended until  November 30, 2020. Any new heliski reservation deposit (or payments) are 100% refundable until that date. As from December 1, 2020, our regular cancellation policy will apply however, as there will not be 90 days prior to arrival, payment options will be at the discretion of the Reservations and Sales Manager.  

After November 30, 2020, if a guest cannot travel for their 2021 heliski trip due to travel restrictions imposed by his/her country and/or Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tyax will credit the full amount paid toward a future trip with us. This credit will be valid for one season.

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July 15th, 2020 update

Also, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our 2021 booking policies to help ease the decision-making process for our guests that wish to book an upcoming heliski adventure here at Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing.

We have introduced a ‘no questions asked’ refund policy effective until September 30, 2020. Any new heliski reservation deposit (or payments) are 100% refundable until that date. As of October 1, 2020, our regular cancellation policy will apply (note balance payments remain fully refundable until 90 days prior to arrival date).

After September 30, 2020, if a guest cannot travel for their 2021 heliski trip due to travel restrictions imposed by his/her country and/or Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tyax will credit the full amount paid toward a future trip with us. This credit will be valid for one season and is non-transferable.

For all other existing reservations, we have relaxed our cancellation policy during this time and are working with guests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Anne, our Winter Sales and Reservations Manager, at anne@tyax.com or sales@tyax.com.  For more information, you may call her direct at 250.309.4248.

We recognize that it is difficult to know how the upcoming months will unfold, therefore we want to assure all of you that we are available to work with you for the best possible outcome.

For All Tyax Guests

We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may pose and thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. For further information and reassurance regarding your travel plans, please refer to the Canadian Government’s COVID-19 Updates Page.

Please remember to stay safe, keep social distancing in mind, and above all, be kind to one another. Together we will get through this.

Be well and best wishes,

Heather Reimer

Managing Director, Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing

 

Bikepacking at Tyax Lodge

Tyax Lodge Mountain Biking Activities

Tyax Lodge and the South Chilcotins has been attracting mountain bikers for as long as we can remember. The sheer vastness of the area and epic trail network means this place is on the bucket list of riders all over the world. For a lot of riders, the trails here are all about speed and fast, flowing trails. However, year on year, we find more riders coming here to go bikepacking.

Bike Packing South Chilcotin Mountains
Photo: Blake Jorgenson/Scott Bikes

What is bikepacking?

Bikepacking, in it’s simplest form, is combining cycling and camping in one. Everything that you need to go camping is loaded on you and your bike and you set out into the wilderness for an overnighter.

Bikepacking differs from regular mountain biking and hiking as it allows you to go on long bike adventures out into the backcountry for days on end. You’ll experience a connection with nature and a much more substantial journey than a regular day of riding. Not many bike rides end with sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sunrise over epic mountain ranges. And most camping trips don’t venture so far into the wilderness so quickly. Bikepacking lets you access remote places to camp that would take much longer to reach otherwise.

Where can I go bikepacking at Tyax Lodge

The bikepacking route around Tyax Lodge is a 130km long loop that crosses Tyaughton Creek and loops around Eldorado Mountain and Cardtable Mountain. The singletrack trails in the South Chilcotins are generally quite flowy, open and fast. The loop can be ridden in either direction – clockwise for those who want the long and tricky climbs and anti-clockwise for those wanting a more balanced ride. The trail is unpaved in all parts and over half of it is singletrack. There’s a good amount of climbing on this route. The ride will have an elevation gain of almost 2,900m with the highest point being 2,225m. The trail usually takes about 3 days to complete.

What do I need to go bikepacking?

Bikes

In truth, the best bike for bikepacking is the bike that you already have. In saying that, there are some bikes that are better suited to bikepacking than others. There are dedicated bikepacking bikes, but most mountain bikes, and even some gravel and cyclocross bikes, are perfect for a bikepacking trip around Tyax Lodge.

Chromag Surface Mountain Bike
The Chromag Surface

Chromag Surface

This Whistler made bike is ideal for bike packing at Tyax Lodge. This hardtail frame is made from steel, which soaks up trail vibrations much better than aluminium, it’s also incredibly durable. The Surface has front suspension so when the trail points downhill, you’re able to ride any line you want. The trails around us at Tyax Lodge are fast and flowy, perfect for the Chromag Surface.

Surly Ogre Mountain Bike
The Surly Ogre

Surly Ogre

Surly makes a wide range of bikes. They have city commuters, cargo bikes and rigid bikes. Their fully rigid Surly Ogre is a great choice for bikepacking. Because it has no suspension at all, the frame is very efficient, which is great for long days pedalling out in the backcountry. Surly also design their bikes with lots of handy mounts for racks, bottle mounts and frame bags.

Marin Four Corner Mountain Bike
The Marin Four Corner

Marin Four Corners

You don’t need a mountain bike or something that looks like one, to go bike packing. Marin has been making off-road bikes for a while now and their Four Corners is their most adventurous off-road bike. Again, it’s made from steel and is designed with a much more relaxed geometry than most road and cyclocross bikes. It is much more efficient and quicker on the climbs than other bikes mentioned here, but will need more care and guidance on the descents.

Racks & Bags

Bikepacking rigs are usually outfitted with racks and bags to help carry all the equipment. Frame bags fit inside the frame of the bike and are attached with straps. These bags are great for storing clothes and camping equipment. Saddlebags attach to the rear of the saddle and extend backwards. Saddlebags come in a range of sizes and are great for carrying a tent, extra clothing, or any other larger structures. Handlebar bags attach to the handlebars in front of the bike. Most riders use these bags for carrying sleeping mats or sleeping bags. Finally, you might want a top tube bag. This bag sits just behind the handlebars and is easily accessible at all times. This is the ideal place to keep some snacks, maps and other things that you will be using often.

Camping Gear

Bikepackers tend to run a light or ultra-light camping setup. Instead of large, spacious tents, most riders opt for a lightweight one-person tent or even a bivvy bag. A bivvy bag is basically a more robust sleeping bag that is suitable for outdoor use without a tent. On a multi-day trip into the backcountry, you’ll need to pack your own food. Freeze dried food has come a long way in the past number of years, these will tide you over until you get back to Tyax Lodge and treat yourself to a fantastic, well-earned, meal. Don’t forget to pack your coffee though, there’s no Starbucks out here!

Backcountry Hiking – Gear Check

Backcountry Hiking Equipment Gear Checklist

Some of our favourite summer days are the ones spend hiking in the mountains surrounding Tyax Lodge. We have a fantastic trail network on our doorstep that showcases the beautiful scenery here and allows you to really get a sense of the history of the area. When you’re out on the trail, the last thing you want is for your gear to let you down. Having the right equipment, that is up to the task at hand, is imperative. Here we take a look at some essential hiking equipment that will keep you out on the trail for longer.

Boots

Arc’teryx Bora Mid GTX Hiking Boot

A good hiking boot is absolutely essential for hiking in the backcountry. When choosing a new hiking boot it is important to consider the fit, material, and type of boot. We’re big fans of Arc’teryx boots and think that the Arc’teryx Bora Mid GTX is the perfect hiking boot for the trails at Tyax. Arc’teryx is a Vancouver based company that is known for making high-end outdoor equipment and this boot is no different.

The boot features a high cut, ankle support Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit. The Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit is a liner that moulds to the shape of the user’s foot, ensuring a perfect fit. The upper is one-piece, seamless, thermolaminated, and made from GORE-TEX. This all leads to fantastic waterproofness, making this boot suitable in any conditions. A 3D moulded Ortholite™ footbed and a Vibram® outsole means that the Bora is also an incredibly comfortable hiking boot.

Hiking Gear Rossignol Jacket

Jacket

Rossignol Camino MP+ Jacket

Having a jacket in your pack while hiking is very important. Without the proper clothing, a day hiking in the woods can quickly turn into a wet and cold march back to shelter. It’s a good idea to have a jacket made from waterproof material and for it to be easily compressed and packed for easy transport. It also helps if the jacket is stylish! That’s why we think the Rossignol Camino MP+ jacket is a fantastic option, as it fits the bill perfectly.

The Camino MP+ is a two-layer, ultralight waterproof jacket. It is easily packed away and stored for those days when you get caught in a downpour. It also features a modern and stylish cut, with reinforced shoulder areas for use with a backpack. The Camino MP+ is available for both men and women.

Shorts

Arc’teryx Sarbria

Arc’teryx features here on our list again. This is because of their high-quality across their range of products. What makes their hiking shorts so good is their considered fit and style. The Arc’teryx Sabria shorts for women has a streamlined design that works with the body’s movement to ensure comfort at all times. The shorts are made from Fortius DW 1.0 fabric that stretches with the user. These shorts will allow you to hike comfortably throughout summer. Arc’teryx also has a great selection of hiking shorts for men.

Backpack

Arc’teryx Alpha AR 20 Backpack

In order to spend a day or more out in the backcountry, you’re going to need to carry all your gear and equipment with you. Having a backpack that is practical and suitable for the task at hand is very important. The most important thing to consider when looking for a new backpack is the size. 70-litre backpacks are suitable for multi-day excursions into the backcountry, while smaller packs are more suitable for single day trips.

Because of the vast trail network surrounding us here, and our well-equipped lodge, we recommend people to go on single day hikes and return to the lodge to avail of all the fantastic facilities here. The Arc’teryx Alpha AR 20 backpack is the perfect choice. It is a durable, light-weight pack that will stand up to the rigours of alpine life.

Hiking Equipment Hat Patagonia

Hat

Patagonia Hike Hat

Staying sun-safe while out on the trail is very important. Long periods of exposure to direct sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and sunstroke. One of the most effective ways to combat this is to wear a hat with a brim and neck cover.

Patagonia’s Hike Hat is a smart choice. It features a brim and neck cover and is also made from upcycled nylon. Patagonia has a reputation for being an ethical company and this can be seen in their material choice for this hat. The hat is also finished with a water-repellent layer that will keep you dry when you get caught in a short downpour. The hat is available in three colours, so we’re sure you’ll find one that you like!

Hiker Gear Socks Darn Tough

Socks

Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Cushion

Socks are often overlooked when it comes to thinking about essential equipment, however, we think that’s a big mistake! Darn Tough socks are widely considered the best socks made today, what other sock company has a lifetime warranty?

The Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Cushion is a fantastic sock that will keep you comfortable while out on the trail. They are made from Merino wool, have a performance fit and are seamless. It’s no wonder that Backpacker Magazine gave them their Editor’s Choice Gold Award for 2018.

Now you have all the essential gear needed to come hiking at Tyax Lodge. Get in touch with us today and book your trip!

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