Photo Essay: Guide School

Photo Essay: Guide School

I’ve been working with Nahanni Wild for the past few years supporting the marketing department with graphic design, and light media projects. Last May I had the opportunity to enrich my understanding of their business, and start my journey to becoming a guide, by joining their Guide School. I brought a couple of disposable cameras along the ride (partly for the nostalgia, partly for the convenience), and the results were surprising. Bold colours, and suspended movements.

Dietary Concerns

Dietary Concerns

When you are heading out on an extended wilderness adventure the food you eat is important and you want to feel your best. If that means no gluten, no problem. We invite input from our guests with dietary concerns before the trip to ensure that we are providing them with the appropriate options. And we love learning tricks from our guests about their favourite options; whether it’s a vegetarian lasagna recipe or gluten free brownies, more than a few of our guests’ suggestions have made their way into the infamous Nahanni Wild trip menu.

Growing as a Team

Growing as a Team

This week we came together for our annual training expedition. As much as we worked through rescues scenarios, first aid and camp management we also built relationships. The teamwork, camaraderie and respect that our team shows each other, acknowledging areas of strength in each other and collectively is the core of Nahanni Wild. Through the course of your expedition you will see their skills on the water, around the campfire in the field as they share their love of wilderness.

Running the West Coast Trail

Running the West Coast Trail

As I come to understand what the body is really capable of undertaking, this was an important learning experience. The day’s heat was unexpected and intense. A winter of training in Vancouver Island’s dark forests was unfortunately poor preparation for the realities of the day. The left side of my body now carries a darker hue, having experimented with being a human sundial once our tracks turned due North, and the lingering effects of electrolyte imbalances are still lurking. It is hard not to immediately look to the future in this fast paced world but the recovery process is providing some much needed space for reflection.

Soon, Canada's Wild will Erupt with Life

Soon, Canada's Wild will Erupt with Life

In the Mackenzie mountains this awakening of life is still a month away but these first inklings in the south tell me it won’t be long until all the wild lands of Canada erupts into life. To see an ecosystem come alive with the strengthening sun is a profound experience. Contemplating the continuity of life while sitting back and admiring the river banks blushing with willowherb puts the rush of life in perspective.

Women in the Wild

Women in the Wild

Along with the skills I impart to these young women I share my belief that the river is there for them as a place of respite, sanctuary and inspiration.  That they too can walk down and sit by its edge, splash cold water on their faces and feel their place ‘in the family of things’.  This is something I wish for everyone, especially women, for as Mary Oliver reminds us:

Paddle the Broken Skull River this Summer

Paddle the Broken Skull River this Summer

With the expedition season fast approaching excitement levels are rising. As is often the case added interest means more departures being offered and we are very excited to be headed to the Broken Skull River this summer. This rarely paddled tributary of the Nahanni starts in the high mountains of Canada’s newest national park, Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve.

We're Hitting the Road! 🇨🇦

We're Hitting the Road! 🇨🇦

With thoughts of warm summer winds and the Arctic sun in on our minds the Nahanni Wild team is hitting the road! With stops across Canada we are looking forward to sharing stories, photos and inspiration for incredible summer adventures.Visit with your outfitters and guides, ask those burning questions and share your own tales with us on of our many stops.

Advocating for Female Wilderness Leadership

Advocating for Female Wilderness Leadership

2017 saw Nahanni Wild accomplish a great deal as a business, growing our operation and increasing our contributions to conservation initiatives. But in light of the revelations across industries in 2017 it was time to make sure our own house was in order. Ensuring a safe, respectful work environment is essential if we are to realize our vision as a progressive business affecting positive change.