A Day in the Life of a Wilderness Guide
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a wilderness guide? Keep reading to find out!
A Day in the Life of a Guide During a Horse-based Pack Trip in the Mountains
5:00am – after arriving at camp yesterday with our guests it´s time to get up and get the horses from the meadows! It´s hard to get up early but the view of the mountains and Green valley as the sun slowly comes up is priceless… what a good day to be alive!
7:00am – after finding and saddling all the horses we´re back in camp and hungry for breakfast! Scrambled eggs + toast has never sounded so good.
9:00am – with full bellies and full lunch bags we´re now ready for the day of riding the mountain tops… Cinches checked, stirrups adjusted, bridles on and off we go! Today we´ll be showing our guests the Ridge Top trails, a combination of steep slopes and open mountain sides that will give us a 360 degree view from the Eldorado mountains.
12.00pm – we made it! Stunned we sit on our horses as we take in the breath taking view. Our guests can´t believe it, neither can we. What a beautiful country this is.
1.00pm – we slowly start making our way down. The mountain is so steep now that we have to walk our horses. We come through Windy Pass into the valley where suddenly the grass is green and abundant. Marmots look at us curiously and stop just yards away from us and we can spot an eagle circling the nearest peak. The sound of flowing glacier creeks and singing birds fill the air.
3:00pm – back in camp we prepare a snack for our guests and take a minute to lay on the grass, look into the sky and dip our feet in the nearest river. It´s amazing how peaceful, calm and accomplished we all feel after what we saw today.
4:00pm – time to bring the horses to the meadows so they can eat!
6:00pm – done! We all return to camp hungry and settle around the camp fire. There´s plenty of good food and conversation. The stars are clear tonight and we even see a couple of shooting stars! With full bellies and big smiles we crawl into our sleeping bags…