HELI HIKING

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$950.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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About 


Gain quick and easy access to the world above the treeline. Heli-access makes remote alpine hikes possible in a single day. These trips are for those who enjoy their hikes one day at a time, but still wish to experience the splendor of high peaks and alpine meadows.

Popular heli-hikes include Mount Adrian, Alexandra Peak, as well as a number of locations in the Coastal Range. Trip locations will be indicated in the booking tab with the corresponding date. 

Included: 

  • 1 day with ACMG-certified guide
  • Group gear (communication and emergency equipment)
  • Return helicopter flight

Not Included: 

  • Transport to and from the meeting point
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal equipment (including snowshoes if there is snow on the ground at the time of your course)

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

Logistics


A typical day trip runs from 08:30 am to 16:30, though exact timing will depend on the conditions of the day and the group in question. 

We typically run our heli-hikes from the beginning of May through to the end of October. 

The destination of the hike will be indicated in the booking tab with the corresponding date, but flights typically leave from a base in Campbell River or Gold River. 

Exact meeting details will be provided in a pre-trip email sent one-week prior to your course. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details, or send us an email. 

Requirements 

 
These hikes are intended to be widely accessible, however, participants should be prepared to:
 
  • Spend the day outside in variable conditions — including in rain, snow, and hot weather (see gear list)
  • Travel over rough terrain (depending on the hike, this may include sections or snow, bush, or uneven terrain)
  • Hike for up to 4 hours carry approximately 7kg uphill
 
Questions about the suitability of this trip? Send us an email. We’re happy to set up private trips to suit your needs whenever possible. 

Gear List


The list provided aims to prepare you to be comfortable in the field regardless of the weather. Please ensure that all your gear is functioning and in proper repair. 

Clothing

  • Mid-weight jacket, wool, fleece, synthetic or down
  • T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt (white or other light colour), synthetic and/or light cotton in summer for cooling
  • Hiking pants, nylon or similar (ideally tough enough to resist tearing on bushes)
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Toque or hat
  • Gloves (plus a spare if weather is wet)
  • Hiking socks - merino wool is best
  • Hiking boots (suitable for hiking off trail)

Other

  • Toilet paper (and small bag to pack out) 
  • Personal small first aid kit (blister kit) 
  • SPF lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle (2L capacity)
  • Lunch (prepared ahead of time and consumable on the go)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera or phone (optional)
  • Thermos (optional)
  • Altimetre (optional)
  • Compass and map (optional)
  • Backpack (30L or large enough to fit the items on this list)

For spring trips, please also bring:

We will indicate whether snowshoes are needed in a pre-trip email sent one-week prior.

  • Snowshoes (while there is still snow in the mountains)
  • Walking poles (if using snowshoes)
  • Gaiters
  • Long underwear (top and bottom), poly- pro, wool or silk
  • Insulating pants, wool, fleece, or pile

Rentals


Snowshoes: Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off backcountry rentals (skins, boots, and skis, splitboard or snowshoes) for clients on IAG trips and courses at certain times of the year. 

These can be ordered online using a unique discount code. If you require snowshoes, please request this discount code from us.

Check out SportsRent in Victoria for additional rental options. 

Questions about gear? Check out our FAQ page for details or send us an email.

Testimonials

We were more than impressed with Jan as our guide! Our heli climbing on Mount Matchlee was a memorable experience! Looking forward to returning sometime in the near future. I'm still enjoying the after-effects of our day! Judith Freed, Vero Beach, Florida