Apart from occasional flyovers by Parks Canada staff and the pursuits of first ascent climbers in the 1960’s there has been virtually no previous recreational activity in the area of the Britnell Icefield. Nahanni Wild is the only company offering adventure experiences in the Ragged Range apart hiking into the Cirque of the Unclimbables above Glacier lake to the east. For anyone with a passion for the alpine the Ragged Ragne offers an incredible experience. A short helicopter flight provides swift access to our comfortable and well stocked base camp positioned on a small unnamed lake at the foot of Mount Sydney Dobson (4th highest peak in the NWT at 8629’/2630m).
Our Base Camp is perfectly located for a host of pursuits and experiences. From the camp our spotting scope offers a close up view of the wildlife who frequent the broad meadow circling the lake. Mountain goats are a common sight along with Mountain Caribou. The environs of Mount Sydney Dobson are accessible to anyone with the energy for a day’s walk in the hills. A ramble through the meadow brings us face to face with inquisitive hoary marmots. Stretching our legs on a day hike leads us through meadows of wild-flowers, over glacial moraines and a stroll out onto the Britnell Glacier - named after legendary bush pilot Leigh Britnell who serviced the North in the 1930/40’s.
Venturing north of our lakeside camp we enter rocky terminal moraines recently released from the icy grip of the glacier. A highlight of our base camp offering will be the days spent out on the Britnell Glacier. Following an introduction by ur mountain guide for walking with crampons, glacier travel and general safety we will strike out to explore this dynamic terrain. The lead mountain guide/instructor for our Ragged Range programs is well qualified. As required by Parks Canada they are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. The immediate area has a number of walk up peaks available for those interested in the challenge of ‘topping out’ and collecting images of the broader area. While the Britnell Glacier is remarkably large its terminal points have seen significant retreat in recent years. Our groups will have the opportunity to witness one of the greater challenges caused by ongoing climate change.
Our deluxe base camp facility will be accessed by helicopter from a staging area which best fits the agenda of groups arrival from points south. In 2016 - a helicopter working in the area was chartered from Glacier Lake following a fixed wing flight from Fort Simpson. Base camp is approximately an 8 minute flight from Glacier Lake. Access from a site close to the Tungsten Mine on the Flat River and the Nahanni Range Road is also a consideration.
Base camp will be the perfect habitat to return to each day after exploring.
Our kitchen include large Chlorphylle tarps and a spacious bug tent, Rollo-Tables and Helinox Chairs. Each person or couple will be provided with a four season Mountain Harware Trango 3 tent. Like our river trips you will be surprised with the culinary provisions - both food and drink.
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