One of the best ways to take in the surroundings of the Alberta Rockies is on foot. As a home to a world-renowned trail system that leads to spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, pristine lakes, and untouched forests, the Rockies offer an adventure for everyone at every level.
Though you may have planned on experiencing trails on your own, here are 5 reasons why including a guide may be the best decision you make this summer:
1. THEY PACK THE NECESSITIES
Forgot your bug spray, bear spray or need an energy boosting snack?
As experienced hikers, guides are well aware of the necessities that travelers tend to leave behind. Whether they forget a band-aid or a backpack, participants can ensure that they’ll be well taken care of when heading out on a guided adventure.
Though you are required to bring a few personal items, they provide the majority of essential equipment. Vacation time shouldn’t be spent stressing, let a hiking guide help you out!
2. THEY PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION
I am here to help arrange transportion from a set point. It might be a bus or car pooling but I am here to take care of that for you.
3. THEY HAVE A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ON THE AREA
There’s no need to spend days, weeks or months planning ahead for your epic hiking trip! Choose your guide and pat yourself on the back, you’re now ready to learn all about the regional history, wildlife and geology of the park from a knowledgeable guide. They know the terrain, hazards and trail reports so you don't have to.
4. YOUR SAFETY IS THEIR PRIORITY
It’s hard to be properly prepared when you’re not totally sure what to prepare for. Going on a hike with a professional guide really helps to provide that extra safety net! Plus, remember the saying “there’s safety in numbers"? If you happen to be travelling solo, going on a group hike is always a good idea!
I have the knowledge and expertise to handle numerous types of situations, including: wildlife encounters, unexpected weather conditions or circumstances requiring first aid.
5. YOU CAN ACCESS MORE OF THE PARK
A hiking guide has access to closures, new trails and have the permits to allow them to access most areas to find you the perfect hike. The permit is already taken care of – all that’s left is to take in those spectacular views!