D4: Waterton Overnight Horseback Trip


One of the best ways to experience Alberta is on horseback, and an entire weekend pack trip is something that has been on my bucket list for a really long time! I luckily have found a great outfitting company out of Pincher Creek that offers some of the best rates in Alberta.

Approximate cost: $350/person - $300 with 10 people or more

**To participate on this trip, you must pay a non-refundable 25% deposit to Blue Ridge Outfitters to hold your spot ([masked]). The full amount will be due on JULY 11, 2014.**

Late registration is possible. But after July 11, you must pay the full amount to be on the trip :)

Cost Includes: Horses, Tack, Tent Accommodations, Meals & Trail Snacks, Experienced Guides, Access to 200 square miles of private land.

TRIP DESCRIPTION: I will be leaving Friday evening and staying in Pincher Creek over night. Participants should arrange carpooling and are welcome to stay in Pincher Creek Friday evening or leave early Saturday morning to reach the outfitting trailhead at the required time. We will ride all day Saturday, camp overnight and ride all day Sunday, returning to Calgary afterwards.

MAX: 12 People

DIFFICULTY: This will be a moderate to difficult trip, strictly due to the endurance required to ride for up to 20 hours in 2 days. Although there are horses for every level of rider, I would highly discourage individuals who have never ridden a horse from signing up for this trip.  2 days on horseback is not a great way to start out riding, especially if you discover you don't like it.

**PLEASE NOTE: I will be posting horseback riding day trips throughout the summer, which will be a better trip for riders of all levels.**

Company: Blue Ridge Outfitters (blueridgeoutfitters.ca)

- This company owns the outfitting rights to a 200 square mile area, stretching from the border of Waterton National Park to close to Pincher Creek near the Castle River Range. The owners (Dee and Bill) have been outfitting, guiding, trapping, riding and ranching this land for over 50 years and are members of the Alberta Outfitters Association.

"We set up camp half way up the valley, tether the horses, spread out our gear and the sleeping bags in the teepee or the cook tent, and start enjoying the great outdoors. Steaks and baked potatoes cooked over an open fire, dutch oven dinners, and bacon and eggs on the cook stove are some of the great meals enjoyed under the blue skies.

At a nearby natural salt lick you often spot bear, deer, wolf and cougar tracks. You will see where early pioneers in 1910 cut and hauled huge logs out of the bush with horses. From there you can ride to the remote Hanging or Hidden valley almost at the top of a mountain. You'll have to grab your horse's tail to scramble up slopes that are too steep to ride up. It's exciting! Then you continue right to the top of the highest ridge for amazing views."

**To be on this trip you will need to provide a deposit to Blue Ridge Outfitters. More details on this will be added once they become available. The organizer will not take any responsibility for costs associated with this trip (that are not their own). It is important to make your reservation early to guarantee trip participation.**

PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to make sure that you have acquired all of the necessary equipment, clothing and food for this trip. All outdoor activities involve a certain degree of risk, so it is up to you to be prepared, resilient, self-reliant, responsible, cautious and aware of surrounding hazards. As well, mountain weather can be unpredicatable, so be prepared for unforeseen changes. For safety reasons, if you show up for this event unprepared or with inappropriate clothing and/or gear you may not be permitted to continue on the trip. 

Weather Conditions: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/outdoors/parks/caab0612 

Please reimburse some gas $$ to your drivers. 

Mandatory Gear List:

- Warm sleeping bag (rated to -7 or lower)

- Thermarest/Sleeping Pad

- Waterproof Outer Layers

- Warm Mid Layer (down or synthetic)

- Hat (for sun and warmth)

- Riding Gloves/Leather Gloves

- Sturdy Boots (Riding or Hiking)

- Change of Clothes

- Sunscreen

- Water bottle

- Towel

- Snacks (in case you get hungry on the ride)

- Sunglasses

Optional Gear: Personal First Aid kit, Lip Balm, Bug Spray, Binoculars, Camera, Guitar, Camping Pillow, Deck of Cards.

Do not wear the following: Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers, work boots), cotton layers. Runners are not appropriate footwear for riding in the mountains. Some individuals do prefer to ride horses in jeans, but this is not recommended for safety reasons. Go to the following web page for more information on why cotton is dangerous in the backcountry. http://sectionhiker.com/why-does-cotton-kill/

Cancellation policy: 72 hrs prior to the trip. Keep in mind that this is not a dating service; you are either committed or not.  Friday late night cancellations may result in having a "no show" -- unless you have a viable excuse. I CANNOT GAURANTEE THE RETURN OF YOUR DEPOSIT OR ANY FUNDS PAID TO BLUERIDGE OUTFITTERS IF YOU CANCEL.

There will be a MANDATORY pre-trip meeting on July 3/2014. At this pre-trip meeting all proof of deposit needs to be presented to the trip organizer, or you risk being removed from the trip. 


•CORA Organizers no longer accept cash at the trailhead! In order to join this event you need to be a CORA 2014 member; alternatively, you can pay $5 and join as a non-member. Payments are done online (the blue link on the left. Type the amount of payment in the box. Smart phones don't have this application, so you need to do this on a PC/Mac). 

My cell phone is # [masked]

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  • Barry

    Kayley, will u be downloading any pictures?

    July 28

    • Kayley E.

      Oh yes! I am almost done processing them, should be up within the hour :)

      July 28

  • Barry

    I don't know how to say "good to see you" or reply on this site. Sorry but it was a ton of fun and good to see you

    1 · July 27

    • Cathrine M, A.

      You just did! Hope to see you again, it was so nice to meet you :)

      2 · July 28

  • Barry

    Fun, fun, sun, sun, sore, sore, lol!!!! Thanks for organizing. Nice to meet all of you.

    1 · July 27

  • Katalin

    Thank you Kayley for organizing! What an awesome weekend!

    1 · July 27

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Beautiful scenery, great weather, and awesome company! Amazing trip, thanks so much Kayley!

    1 · July 27

  • Barry

    Wow, alarm didn't go off, if I leave now I'll be there at 9:30 is that ok or what

    July 26

  • Barry

    Maybe that's why I had a crappy sleep last night, I was blaming it in the gremlins. Lol!!!

    Just checked the weather again, still nice, a bit windy Saturday but no rain

    July 25

    • Kayley E.

      Well hopefully the trees will stop the wind a bit ;)

      July 25

  • Kayley E.

    I am so excited for this trip!!! I could barely sleep last night :)

    Again, my phone number is[masked]! If we don't see each other in Pincher Creek Friday night we will see everyone at the Tim Horton's at 8:30am.

    July 25

  • Barry

    Katley, something has come up for Friday so I will not be driving up until Saturday. I will meet at the Tim Hortons at 8:30. Call me if there is a change[masked]

    July 24

    • Kayley E.

      Great! See you saturday morning :)

      July 24

  • Barry

    Oh yea, I'm driving a black Toyota 4runner, blacked out windows, with a Texas plate on the front

    July 24

  • Barry

    If anyone needs a ride I'm leaving from Midnapore area at 5:30 on Friday. Can meet at the Sommerset CTrain if needed

    July 23

  • Barry

    Just checked the weather forecast for the weekend in Waterton. Looks sweet +22 Saturday +27 Sunday. No rain forecasted. Yeahoooo!!!!

    1 · July 22

  • Kayley E.

    Just a reminder for those of you that are not members, you will need to pay your $20 membership fee or a $5 trip fee for this event. Please pay as soon as possible using the blue Pay Online button on the upper left hand side of this page.

    July 8

    • Barry

      Kayley, is this upcoming trip for ladies only? I see there are no other guys going ? Just curious, I'm new to meetup so I don't want to make a mistake

      July 21

    • Kayley E.

      Hey Barry! Absolutely not. It just so happened that mostly girls signed up for the trip. We do have one more guy coming (Catherine's guest). His name is Greg

      July 21

  • Kayley E.

    Hey Everyone! Due to a backpacking trip in Waterton on the August long weekend, I have chosen the last weekend in July for this trip. Due to the organizational challenges surrounding a trip like this, it would be ideal for us to start getting some deposits to Blue Ridge Outfitters before April 15th. Is this going to work for everyone?

    If you are no longer able to attend this event, please remove yourself from the attending list so that I can get an idea of the true numbers that we will have!

    I am very excited for this, and I hope that we can get a decent sized group out to enjoy the Waterton area on horseback :)

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Katalin

      I would love to join for some prep rides myself too...perhaps closer to the date.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Julia

      unfortunately that weekend won't work for my anymore, have to cancel... but would love to go for some rides this summer, let me know if you are going...

      June 8

  • Kayley E.

    Just a reminder to everyone, that if you haven't paid your CORA membership for 2014, you can do so by clicking the "pay online" link under the group description on the right hand side of the webpage.

    If you are unsure if you are a member, please contact me. You should have "Member 2014" under your name. Only paid CORA members or participants who choose to pay the one time trip fee of $5 will be allowed to participate on the trip.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    May 20

  • Zen L.

    I ended up having to work that weekend :(. Hopefully I can go on the next one!!

    May 19

  • Kayley E.

    Hey everyone. To make your deposit for this trip please contact Jon Wynder at Blueridge Outfitters


    Just a reminder that you need to pay your deposit before our meeting on July 3, 2014 to be on the trip.

    May 16

  • Ugur

    I'd come to the single day event in Waterton. Alas, I'm not an experienced rider.

    1 · March 4, 2014

    • Kayley E.

      Just in case you find out you hate horses, it is probably for the best ;)

      March 4, 2014

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