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HELI-HIKING ISN'T HIKING AS YOU KNOW IT
These moments don't exist anywhere else in the world. Our experiences, all accessed by helicopter, are bucket-list adventures that move your body and mind through stunning wilderness landscapes.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
We tailor our hiking groups based on individual wants and needs to create the ultimate trip experience, where the only requirement is a thirst for adventure. Here’s how we typically create hiking groups:
Wanderers want to see beautiful terrain in a very relaxed manner. They prefer to meander slowly and enjoy the scenery with shorter walks over easy ground. Long, relaxed breaks along the way offer opportunities to reflect, slow down, and take in the stunning vistas.
Slow with extended breaks
Short horizontal distance
Minimal gain and loss
Roamers are seeking a full day of hiking, but at a more relaxed pace. They will experience simpler but stunning terrain with minor amounts of elevation gain and loss. Longer breaks along the way allow for plenty of photo opportunities and time to pause.
Slow with regular breaks
Easy and moderate
Moderate horizontal distance
Minimal gain and loss
Explorers want to be somewhat challenged on their trip, hiking full days in varied terrain. They can maintain a steady, moderate pace over reasonable distances, and likely already exercise multiple times per week. This group will typically navigate terrain with some elevation gain and loss, stopping for regular breaks along the way.
Moderate with regular breaks
Moderate horizontal distance
Moderate gain and loss
Adventurers enjoy strenuous, fast-paced activities. They are already very physically active and want to hike full days, covering a lot of ground on their trip. This group will typically navigate more challenging terrain with lots of elevation gain and loss, stopping for shorter breaks along the way.
Fast pace with short breaks
Long horizontal distance
High gain and loss
Am I fit enough? (Yes!)
While even the fittest alpine athletes will find challenge in our terrain, our guides are experts at matching group objectives to fitness levels and preferred pace. Whether you aim to log long distances and vertical gain or focus on a slower appreciation of the alpine—we match the pace and objective to your preference.
What if the group I’m in isn’t what I expected?
No problem. There is a lot of flexibility to change groups during your trip if your first day wasn’t what you expected. Chat with your guide if you’d like to adjust anything.
What if I want to return to the lodge at lunch time or only want to hike for half the day?
Our guides are constantly checking in with our guests to make sure they are comfortable and will make the necessary arrangements to fly them back to the lodge at the earliest opportunity. There are plenty of things to do back at the lodge; rejuvenating muscles with a massage, soaking up the scenery from the hot tub, relaxing on the deck with a good book or even a dip in the nearby pond.
How much time will be spent in a helicopter?
At CMH, the heli will be a daily part of your experience. In the morning, the helicopter will lift your group and your guide to an alpine starting point from which you’ll hike. It might later transfer you into new terrain or move you into the best weather, then return you to the lodge at the end of the day.
On a typical "multi-drop day" you'll hike from point A to an awaiting helicopter at point B, then repeat again, depending on the group's preferences. It all feels a bit like cheating - until you've hiked for hours, logging several thousand vertical feet.
— Tina Lassen, Go Escape
First-time heli-hikers: What you need to know
We want you to enjoy your trip. So whether you want to step-it-out and conquer a peak or amble at a gentle speed, we split groups based on fitness, experience and age. This means you can enjoy a pace that best suits you.
The Birth of Heli-Hiking: Part 1
Interested in heli-hiking but not sure what to expect? Preparing for the trip of a lifetime can be a little daunting. But rest assured that summer trips at CMH are crafted in a way that ensures you have a memorable experience, for all the right reasons.Here are a few things you need to know before coming.
A Heli-Hiking Adventure in B.C.'s Bugaboos
The whirring of the helicopter’s blades directly overhead sent vibrations into the rocky track we were crouched on, as our group heli-huddled together to stave off the wind gust. The thumping noise got louder and the force of the wind stronger, and just when it felt like we were all about to be bowled over the strength of the wind subsided.
The Best Vacation for Families in British Columbia
At 6,000ft, mom, dad and three kids Jessica, Ethan, and Isaac look relaxed at the summit of Mt. Nimbus. Smiling, they face the camera for a photo as easily as if they were sat in the park at home in Seattle; the only difference being is that they’ve just climbed the longest via ferrata in North America.