The Concert

Everyone has heard of Woodstock and Carnegie Hall and we’ve even fished with Roger waters of Pink Floyd  – but few have seen Odell Fox at Big Fish.  Last summer James Ramsay of Skytography shot a music video at ROAM’s favourite heli-hiking spot.  We’ll let the music do the talking…

Big Fish is a magical place and is now available for 1 to 3 day base camp adventures in the heart of the BC wilderness, exclusively with ROAM and Bear Camp.

Orca Camp – basecamp kayaking in total comfort

For me, the Johnstone Strait conjures up countless images of orcas spy hopping, breaching, finning and tail lobbing while just a stones throw from my kayak – and this is for good reason. These waters are the most dependable in the world for observing and paddling with these powerful but gentle orcas.

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Orca Camp is the newest addition to ROAM”s incredible line up of wilderness retreats.  One can kayak and whale watch in British Columbia’s most productive waters  yet retreat nightly to a fully-catered oceanfront camp.  The camp is situated in the heart of the orca territory and the trip includes a motorized day of whale watching to cover more ground than we can by kayak.

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Orca Camp features Alaska-style wall tents built on platforms, complete with comfy beds, pillows, sheets and duvets to keep you toasty warm at night.  There’s hot showers, toilets and even a wood-fired hot tub to help you relax after a day of paddling.  Small group sizes and attentive staff will make this “glamping” trip outstanding for all ages.

Organize a private group or join one of ours!  The camp can handle ten guests at a time and can be easily combined with our Bear Camp packages for the ultimate West Coast wildlife safari!

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And there is so much more to paddling this cedar fringed tidal environment than the orca. In our kayaks, we glide quietly over starfish, crab, sea urchins, purple-hinged rock scallops and a host of other marine life. You will always need to be ready for the unexpected. A few seasons ago, our group came across a bald eagle flopping about in a kelp bed.

Our lead guide was the first to arrive on the scene. With the assistance of our guest biologist, they were able to free the bird from a healthy sized halibut it had attempted to wrestle.  The bird with a 7-foot wing span was exhausted from the struggle and much to everyone’s delight, suddenly jumped on the back of the kayak.   These natural surprises, plus the natural history and mysterious feel of the coast, stay with you forever.

1000x667-gallery-photos-JSU27Ocean kayaking is among the fastest growing leisure activities in North America, and its popularity is easily explained. It is a means of discovery that is accessible to people of all ages, and on our trip no previous kayaking experience. Our trip allows participants to choose options each day that match your personal level of fitness.

Paddle BC with National Geographic Explorer, Todd Wells

Kayak The Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser River with Todd Wells!

This August 20-27, legendary professional kayaker, Todd Wells, will be hosting a crazy week of paddling on the Chilko River system.  Todd is co-owner of Mountain Mind Collective, a video production company with a focus on adventure films.  MMC videos have been featured through Red Bull Media House, National Geographic, and Outside TV. Their recent feature-film and “For the Love” is available on iTunes and Vimeo.

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National Geographic Young Explorer – Todd also writes for Kayak Session, Bomb Flow, Canoe & Kayak, National Geographic Explorer and Duct Tape Diaries.  Join Todd and the crew at ROAM as we paddle seemingly endless class III and IV rapids with full raft, cataraft and deluxe camp support.

 August 20-27 ( Brand New Launch) Chilko

This departure is available to kayakers and rafters.  If you are not a class IV kayaker, no worries because with full raft and cat support we have space
for you and your kayak through any rapids you do not want to run.  And with ROAM’s legendary service in camp, you’ll never want to boat alone again!

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Special Events on the Chilko

On July 16-23, we have Austin-based musicians, Odell-Fox, joining the Chilko Expedition for nightly campfire entertainment.  Part of our annual series, campfire serenading under the stars do not get any better.  A few weeks later, July 27-August 2, is our Wine on the River event that combines 3 nights at ROAM’s funky Bear Camp with 3 nights on the Chilko River and a sommelier pairing wines nightly.  Unpretentious and lots of fun, these trips explore some great varietals that only take a back seat to the action and scenery.

 

Top Five Reasons to Challenge the Chilko River

# 1 – Best Whitewater

The Chilko offers the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in North America.  Raft for mile upon mile in azure blue, exciting class IV that’s so pristine you can even drink it.

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# 2 Music to Your Ears

By popular demand, Odell-Fox is returning to the Chilko for our July 16-23 adventure.  Be entertained nightly by this amazing band that hail from Austin Texas.

Click here to hear them live at Bear Camp

#3 Scenic Flight

Arrive like a rock star by private plane direct into our gravel airstrip at the headwaters and Chilko Lake. Undoubtedly, one of the top three flights on the planet, it’s an amazing way to get this party started.

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#4 Food & Wine

ROAM has become famous for our attention to details and particularly, great food and wine. The Chilko River adventures offer eclectic and well-paired wines, craft beer and warming apertifs.  No bag wine at ROAM and with meals from grilled local salmon to eggs Benny, you certainly won’t go hungry!

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#5 Room with a View

Riverside tenting complete with comfy sleep pads, pillows and fully-catered camping allow you to maximize your time for hiking opportunities, fishing, lay over days and wildlife viewing while we take care of the details.

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Uncharted Territory – by Larry Pynn

Read part Two of writer Larry Pynn’s Cycle Canada article about his 2500 -km motorcycle journey in the backwoods of British Columbia.  A stop at Bear Camp is an integral part of any backcountry experience in Western Canada.  Talk about immersing yourself in the “real” Canada versus hanging out in carbon copy resorts.

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If you like the idea of charting your own destiny, take a good look at ROAM’s self drive, Overland Jeep trips in Southern Patagonia.  We take care of all of the arrangements and let you do the exploring on your own pace.

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Outdoor Retail Giants challenge Utah’s Anti-public Lands Agenda

Outdoor retailers, Patagonia and Black Diamond, are drawing a line in the sand against the Utah government’s attempts to reverse a National Monument designation and trying to repeal the Antiquities Act.  These two leaders in the outdoor industry have gone on full assault flexing their economic powers in the face of an anti-public land government agenda.

Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder and author of “Let My People Surf”, is a long-time conservationist.  Patagonia is threatening to pull out of the nation’s largest outdoor retailer show that generates 40 million a year to the greater Salt Lake business community.  Patagonia and Peter Metcalf, founder of Utah-based Black Diamond, believes Utah no longer deserves to host the event as the state’s actions are antithetical to the outdoor industry.

By the industry’s twice-annual trade show remaining in Utah, they say they are actually complicit collaborators in their our own demise. It’s time for the industry to again find its voice, speak truth and power to power while making it clear to the governor and the state’s political leadership that this trade show will depart with the expiration of the current contract in 2018 unless the leadership ceases its assault on America’s best idea.

Patagonia is putting its money where its mouth is as they  donated 1 million dollars to the “Get Out The Vote” campaign and followed with another 10 million dollars to conservation groups by giving them 100 percent of its proceeds from Black Friday sales.  You an read the full article in the Huffington Post and Salt Lake Tribune at these links:

Huffington Post                   The Salt Lake Tribune