Adventures in the Wild

 

These images and captions tell the tales of my wilderness experiences in Northern BC.  Some people thought I was nuts to venture into such remote locations and rough-it in the bush for months on end.  I have to admit, I was afraid to leave my comfort zone and experienced many a moment of self-doubt before finally bitin' the bullet and hittin' the trail.  

 

The reality of living in the wild can be hard, treachorous and thankless work.  Some days you find yourself in the strangest of pickles.  Meeting a bear while looking for the horses, braving extreme weather conditions while spiking out or landing waist deep in a muddy sink hole with no one around to throw you a line. Yes, there can be many precarious situations, but the good times, the joy, laughter and comraderie definitely outweigh the tears.  The trails open your eyes to some of the most breathtaking country that few people ever get to see and provides an opportunity to shed some layers, calm the chatter, overcome challenges and get back to what's really important; the simple things, an appreciation for nature, love for oneself and others.  

 

I'm a bonafide Cowgirl.  I guess this just goes to show that anything is possible, even the stuff beyond your wildest dreams.  

 

 

​Collingwood Bros. - Northwest, BC- Fall 2014
Year 4 as a Wrangler, 25 Days in the Historical and Spectacular Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park
What a View
What a View

Day 1 to Bug Lake

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Sleepy
Sleepy

Horses taking a break in the morning sunshine.

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Steel
Steel

Many miles were put on with these shoes.

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The Grey
The Grey
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Curious
Curious

And a friendly bunch too.

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Mr. Fix It
Mr. Fix It
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​Tahltan Outfitters - Northwest, BC- Fall 2013
Year 3 as a Wrangler, 7 Day Trail Ride-in with 2 Special Guests, Followed by 6 Weeks of Love & Adventure
Day 2 on the Trail
Day 2 on the Trail

Cowboys packin' one annoyed horse. Chill Bazaar we got a ways to go baby!

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All in a line now
All in a line now

And the string settles in ...

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Cowgirl Elissa
Cowgirl Elissa

How's it going girl?!

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River Crossin'
River Crossin'

Here comes Findlay, the buckin pack horse sure likes to put on a show.

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Moving Along
Moving Along

Checkin' out the meandering river. I may be a little thirsty.

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Getting closer
Getting closer

Camp is just around the next corner ... but you said that last time!

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​Tahltan Outfitters - Northwest, BC- Fall 2012
Year 2 as a Wrangler with Dad as the Cook, Hired on at an Outfit dear to my heart.
Hop, Skip, Jump
Hop, Skip, Jump

Up and down, over and around ... in search of the herd early morning with a trusty pal.

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Found You!
Found You!

What a glorious sight. Now bring em home.

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Argo-nauts
Argo-nauts

This buggy cuts through some serious terrain.

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In awe
In awe

Vistas of epic proportions.

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The Cowboy
The Cowboy

Such a classic character ready to roll.

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Jump Dog
Jump Dog

Playful moments of pure happiness.

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​Prophet Muskwa - Northern Rockies - Fall 2011
My Very First Wrangling Job, 3 Months in the Wild
A couple 'o Cowgirls
A couple 'o Cowgirls

Horsin' around!

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What a view
What a view
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A solo venture
A solo venture

Yes I was lost and then somehow found.

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The wood shed
The wood shed

An ongoing chore that keeps you focused and in shape.

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Me and Bobby.
Me and Bobby.
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Prophet Inn
Prophet Inn
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​McBride, BC to Jasper, AB Backcountry Expedition - Summer 2011

10 Days, 2 Cowgirls, 4 Horses, 1 Jimmy Dog

Surefoot Pal
Surefoot Pal

I rented my horses from an Outfit in McBride

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Jimmy Dog
Jimmy Dog

And off we go ... Made it to the top of the Blueberry Trail

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Tania
Tania

Molly lost a shoe and then luckily got a new one thanks to a chance encounter with the Backcountry Horsemen.

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Pardners
Pardners

Yes, that's a bird nest on my head and yes, we're happy to have made it to our camp for the second night.

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Let's Go Gang!
Let's Go Gang!

Here come the pack horses!

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We're going through what?!
We're going through what?!

OK put your big girl panties on and let's go!

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​WagonTrail Ranch - Smithers - Spring 2011

3 Days, 14 Friends & Family, 50 Horses, 1 Memorable Birthday Gathering

The Ranch
The Ranch

Our homebase for the May long weekend.

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The Corral
The Corral

52 or was it 53 beautiful horses - thanks Reggie Collingwood!

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Cowgirls
Cowgirls

Ready to wrangle.

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Havin' fun!
Havin' fun!
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Big Smiles
Big Smiles

With our friend Elise.

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Happiness is ...
Happiness is ...

Taking a moment in the sunshine.

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Wilderness Guiding & Wrangling Course - Smithers - Spring 2010

30 Days, 12 Students, 52 Horses, A Handful of Amazing Instructors, 1 Certification & A Bunch of Tickets

Smile
Smile

Horsemanship 101

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Bring em on home
Bring em on home

Go boys go.

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Special moments on the trail
Special moments on the trail
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Evening campfire
Evening campfire

Telling stories, playing games and laughing Tall tales and cowboy poetry.

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Evening silhouette
Evening silhouette
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Wagon Trail Ranch
Wagon Trail Ranch

What a cool place for school.

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