If you get an opportunity to go on a flight seeing tour in the Northern Rockies – TAKE IT! The flight from Muncho Lake to Mayfield Camp with Liard Air was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. While I have driven the Alaska Highway many times, the view from the air is a completely different experience. The size of the mountain range, the valleys, rivers and insanely blue lakes are absolutely breathtaking!
Arriving a Mayfield Lake – the Muskwa-Kechika Adventures Camp - I immediately knew I was in for an adventure different from anything I have ever experienced. Wayne Sawchuck and his crew welcomed us with open arms and the camp, while rugged, was well stocked and maintained – I know because I was a little short on gear!
The first night we went on a horseback ride down to the Gataga River where we watched the sun begin to set, before making our way back to camp. The day was complete when our crew lit a fire and crawled into our teepee for the night – an incredible first day at camp.
The next morning we set out on a full day adventure horse-packing, bush whacking and slowly made our way up to Shoulder Mountain Alpine Camp. Now, I am not really a horse gal (never have been), but I was pleasantly surprised by the good nature of all of the camps horses, who not only hauled out team up the mountain but even the Google Trekker got its own horse! It was a long haul but the view at the top was well worth it! The atmosphere was incredible up there; I’ll never forget how the sky looked as a storm circled the mountain, leaving the sun on us alone as is swallowed the valley below us.
It wasn’t just the horse packing, good company and views that made this an incredible adventure but the ‘down time’ spent hiking around camp and exploring Mayfield Lake by canoe. This is an experience I’ll never forget and I hope that I’ll be able to go back someday soon!
Images by Taylor Burk.